On January 6th, 2021, Donald Trump instigated a violent insurrection, sending his cult disciples to attack members of Congress in order to prevent them from carrying out their constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Many people were terrorized and injured, including more than 140 police officers, five of whom died.
Apparently that wasn’t sufficient for Fox News, who justified and applauded that violence. In the months that have followed they affirmed their support for hostile actions aimed at imposing their ultra-rightist tyranny on America. Their thirst for blood is made shamelessly evident on a near nightly basis. It can be seen in recent surveys that show just how far the right has devolved:
“Polling indicates that 30 percent of Republicans, and 40 percent of people who ‘most trust’ far-right news sources, believe that ‘true patriots’ may have to resort to violence to ‘save’ the country — a statement that gets far less support among Democrats and independents.”
On Thursday Fox News provided additional proof that violence is not merely a tangential consequence of their dreams for a despotic dystopia. It is a fully integrated tactic they are deploying in pursuit of their maniacal mission. Fox host Griff Jenkins interviewed Joseph Imperatrice, the founder of Blue Lives Matter, in a segment about a shooting that threatened Democratic Rep. Cori Bush:
Jenkins: Now we see Cori Bush, liberal Democrat from St. Louis, Missouri, saying on Twitter that her car was hit with bullets. Her car was shot. No one was in it, fortunately. But will these lawmakers change their tune?
Imperatrice: The harsh truth is we need these lawmakers to be victims. We need them to understand when the worst situation possible hits them, and then they can turn around and say, ‘Wow, maybe it’s an issue. Maybe I need to wake up and do my job and change things for the better. I’m not praying any of these people get hurt or harmed, but they need to see firsthand how bad the streets really are.
Jenkins: Of course, we would never wish any harm whatsoever on any American, let alone a politician we disagreed with. But the instances we did see – two instances of carjacking, fortunately, everyone was OK – maybe it will change their minds. Who knows?
Fox News reacts to progressive Congresswoman Cori Bush saying her car was recently hit with gunfire.
"Of course, we would never wish any harm whatsoever on any American, let alone a politician we disagreed with. BUT…" pic.twitter.com/Xsa6JdUmFK
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 27, 2022
WHUT? Imperatrice’s disgusting assertion “we need these lawmakers to be victims” would not be tolerated by any decent TV network. Which explains why Fox News not only tolerated it, but agreed with it.
Both Imperatrice and Jenkins tried to water down their horrendous support for domestic terrorism by inserting a disingenuous disclaimer that they don’t wish any harm on anyone. However, saying that they don’t wish any harm “but they need to see firsthand” violence, or “but…maybe it will change their minds,” immediately contradicts the statement and serves as a justification for the harm they pretend to oppose, but overtly advocated.
Fox News isn’t going to be happy until we are in the midst of a full scale civil war. It is what they are promoting via their support for the insurrection and Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen.” It was explicitly articulated at the recent Turning Point USA conference (of which is Fox News is a sponsor), where an attendee asked “When do we get to use the guns? How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”
Other blatant calls for violence include Jesse Watters urging his audience to “go in with the kill shot“ if they see Dr. Anthony Fauci in public. Also, Laura Ingraham recently applauded, literally, the news that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, had tested positive for COVID.
These are not rare occurrences. Sadly, these sort of abhorrent remarks are all too common on Fox News. They are frequent and deliberate and no one should doubt that they mean what they say.
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10 thoughts on “Fox News Openly Encourages Violence Against Democrats: ‘We Need These Lawmakers to Be Victims’”
These scumbags are a threat to our country.
Way to play both sides of the fence FOX. —FAIL
That guy just gave licence to attack congress people.
Sure did… & you know their regular viewers got the message (again), loud & clear!
It’s like on 1/6, when after a rally for people brought there, speeches filled with much talk of violence from the speakers + “justifications” for “needing to be” violent ~ & the then-prez speaks last, sending them off to do his dirty work, saying to “fight like hell” & “don’t be weak”. He thinks just cuz’ he threw in word “peaceful” somewhere amongst the violent rhetoric of the day, that makes him NOT responsible for the violence that followed. (Bullshit he ain’t!)
That crowd heard the message loud & clear, then acted exactly as planned! As they’d been ‘trained’ to do! Everyone on both sides understood what was to happen.
FauxSpews (…hatred &violence) & their sphincter mouthpieces know exactly what they’re doing & likely result; just a question of when! When it’s “harvest time” for hate & anger they planted & nurtured, they’ll deny having any part in it.
That’s IMplausible deniability…not everyone is as dumb & gullible as their loyal viewers!
Even IF finally held responsible for promoting the violence, it’s after the harm is done. Far better to do something now to prevent it!!
Is there NO gov’t agency with authority to STOP media outlets from promoting violence against prominent people (like Fauci) & politicians?! Huge fine$$$! Every time. Doesn’t stop, then take away broadcasting license – no right to broadcast that shit!
If I were to buy airtime & promote liberals to do harm to anti-vaxxers, or backhand those not wearing health mask indoors…or maybe, to grab anyone pushing 2020 election lies & lock them up somewhere safe…I bet they’d put a stop to it right quick!! And would be consequences for it too ~ don’t you think??!
Their fear mongering is getting worse, trying to scare their white audience. Constantly telling them that they are becoming the minority and that they must take a stand against this tyranny when there’s actually not anything they can do about it. Except maybe start treating people better, as equals and then maybe, just maybe, minorities will treat them better than what they were treated.
Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
The entity that calls itself Fox News, but I call Fux Spews and the Church of the SubMoron — and everyone should call America’s most criminal terrorist institution — must be REMOVED from the airwaves immediately!!
Agreed! They are a danger to society & a threat to every 1 of us!
People have been assaulted at school board mtgs. Officials threatened. And where do those people get the idea to do that?!
Trump! And these “far-right news sources” call themselves “patriots”or “true patriots”. Which is the most nauseating thing they could say.
How long before the crazies face jail for inciting evil deeds of all sorts? What kind of country is this? Oh, yeah, know, the country where 147 people one more than 147 million folks. Where hunger on the streets is matched by humongous stock market fortunes of a few people. If te politicians don’t work on this issue, a lot of people are going to be arming for real rebellion. It won’t be pretty.
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