Trump and violence – El Financiero

Last Friday, Donald Trump posted on his social network Truth Social a video in which we see, in the trunk of a truck, an image of President Joe Biden on the ground, tied hand and foot, in the manner of a kidnapped hostage.

The video caused outrage and widespread conversation about the implications of the potential new president of the United States being an active promoter of violence, even with images that incite violence against the sitting president.

Already in recent weeks he had declared that if he loses the election there would be a “bloodbath” and very constant inflaming anti-immigrant rhetoric that describes people as vermin, criminals and who are going to poison the blood of the nation. The blood, the blood again.

Donald Trump plays with fire in a country where there are more guns than people and where we witnessed an attempted soft coup incited by himself. An event that generated death, destruction and severe desecration of the Capitol, the 'sacred' institution of political power in the United States.

Let us remember that there are already hundreds of people in jail because of these events. Trump has offered them a presidential pardon if he is elected. He himself is in danger of being behind bars if he is found guilty of any of the 91 criminal charges he faces in four different cases, the most significant being related to the storming of the Capitol.

There are those who say that Trump's main motivation to win the election is to avoid ending up in jail, which he would avoid by using a legal provision that allows presidents to forgive crimes, in this case he would forgive himself.

That January 6, 2021, the lives of the most important political figures in the country were in real danger: Vice President Mike Pence and the leader of Congress, Nancy Pelosi, second and third in the line of succession in the event of the president's absence.

It is worrying that Trump not only courts, but also invites to action, the members of 165 far-right militias operating in the country (many of them have active military and police members in their ranks), who are literally on their feet. war, validated and feverish.

From these ranks of 'organized hate' squads emerged the hundreds of those sentenced for the attack on the Capitol and whom Trump now calls heroes and hostages of unjust justice. By blending in with these violent criminals he once again crosses a new frontier.

Its until now very successful formula consists of breaking the rules, sucking up all the attention of the media, being at the center of the agenda with an unstoppable sequence of provocations and, subsequently, defending itself with various tricks.

The former president is compared to the great Houdini, the millennial escapist capable of getting out of any problem with unimaginable resources.

His catalog of tricks includes victimizing himself in the face of public opinion and in terms of justice, he does so by entrenching himself in the intricacies of the American judicial system exploited by astute lawyers whose fee receipts are valued at millions of dollars.

Trump's communication spiral is caught in the need to permanently raise the tone to ensure his media dominance and the excitement of his most loyal followers.

The paradox is that this radicalization is the window through which the Republican defeat in November can appear, but what if not?

If Trump emerges victorious, his constant resort to verbal violence against his many detractors and his attempts to go from insults, mockery and name-calling to direct incitement to hatred and violence are very worrying, especially its implications in the arena. international geopolitics where the invasion of Ukraine, the expanded conflict in the Middle East, China's threat to Taiwan are dry fodder for incendiary language.

For Mexico, Trump's violent escalation has multiple worrying implications: the threat of closing the border, mass deportations, trade retaliation, direct threats of military intervention against organized crime gangs and a long etcetera.

On the night of November 5, the new president of Mexico will have been in office for 36 days and must be very prepared to deal with a threat as great as it is probable. If Xóchitl Gálvez were the president, she would have in her favor the medal of having known how to transcend our bully local (featherweight against the Mike Tyson of the tyrant's apprentices).