I got a lot of flak yesterday from readers for merely posing the question of whether Trump joked about assassinating his Democratic opponent. Of course, in the article, I had concluded that he didn’t, but I think most of the outraged readers didn’t make it past the headline. It was obvious that Trump’s comments were being blown way out of proportion by the media.
But interestingly enough, back in December of 2010, a political commentator and analyst, and strategist for Hillary Clinton Bob Beckel called for actually assassinating Julian Assange – the founder of WikiLeaks and current nemesis of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Assange is also the reason four officials within the Democratic National Committee (DNC) – including Debbie Wasserman Schultz – resigned.
Beckel didn’t hint at assassination, or joke about it in some roundabout way that might be construed as a reference to assassination by an antagonistic media (actually, they probably all agreed that Assange needed to be murdered). He just came right out and said it. Here’s what he said in a 2010 interview:
“The way to deal with this is pretty simple. We’ve got special ops forces. I mean, a dead man can’t leak stuff. The guy’s a traitor, he’s treasonous, and he has broken every law in the United States. And I’m not for the death penalty, so there’s only one way to do it – illegally shoot the son of a b*tch.”
Take a look:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2016
You can’t get much clearer than that. Beckel wants the guy dead, and he’s perfectly willing to do it “illegally.” In other words, this Assange character has committed illegal acts, so we should respond by committing an illegal act back. Makes sense.
Beckel was hardly the only person calling for Assange’s head in some way. Others called for him to be shot, hanged, or killed in a drone strike:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 7, 2016
Outright calling for Assange to be murdered is okay, because it’s politically correct. He’s an enemy of the government, not necessarily the American people. What he’s done over the years may be illegal, and perhaps he should stand trial.
But we all know the real reason the government truly is out to get him. He’s exposed their corruption, and what he’s helped expose is only the tip of the iceberg. They view him as a threat, not to “national security” – they only care about that as long as it benefits them – but to their positions of power.
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