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Live from the Cleveland Dumpster Fire: Josh Marshall: Violence, Blood and Betrayal inside the Trump Potemkin Village: "On MSNBC last night a bunch of really smart guys were saying how Trump would and must be outraged at how a staffer/speech writer...

...let his wife down.... That person would immediately be fired. I thought to myself at the time: what campaign have they been watching?... There's a pretty straightforward way to contain and end this story: 'A speechwriter on our campaign got sloppy and made an inexcusable mistake. He let Melania and the whole campaign down. He's now resigned from the campaign.' Done and done. [But] that's just not how Trump works. When you're under fire, you attack. When you're caught, you lie. These are all things that can work in small settings, with small groups of people you can bully and intimidate, with yes-men and compliant media. It can also work before an electorate focused not on policy but on provocation, revenge and dominance....

The much bigger story from last night was a hastily thrown together program focused on violence, bloodshed and betrayal by political enemies.... Whatever you think about undocumented immigrants, there's no evidence they are more violent or more prone to murder than others in American society.... People whose children had been killed by African-Americans or Jews... [their] pain and anguish would be no less harrowing. This isn't illustration; it's incitement. When Trump first did this in California a couple months ago people were aghast. Now it's normal....

Speakers... called for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned... led the crowd in chants of 'lock her up!'... It is a highly dangerous development when one presidential nominee and his supporters make into a rallying cry that their opposing candidate should be imprisoned.... Rewatch the speeches by... Giuliani or... Flynn.... It is only a small skip and a jump to the state legislator in West Virginia who demanded Clinton by executed by hanging on the National Mall.... The Trump campaign has always been about revenge and reclamation.... Hillary Clinton has plenty of flaws. But they have no necessary or clear connection to the venom and increasingly violent anger directed against her. She's simply the symbol and target.... This is not normal. Not normal at all....

The driving themes... were a pervasive vision of insecurity, violence and bloodshed, committed by national outsiders and abetted by the betrayals of political enemies. We debate the definition of fascism.... But... this is precisely the kind of febrile victimology and demands for aggression and revenge against enemies that gives rise to it.... Trump... is a would-be authoritarian ruler... [who] require violence[s] and disorder because it is their justification for rule. The fact that the current First Lady's speech from eight years ago showed up in Melania Trump's speech is... simply another example of the amateur grifterism and slapdash Potemkin village that is everything Trump. He is a dangerous man for a dangerous moment.

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