While the rhetoric is certainly over the top, the ominous message seen on a t-shirt of a Donald Trump supporter captured the sentiment — metaphorically speaking — many on the right have toward today’s biased media.
The man was photographed at a Trump rally in Minnesota on Sunday rocking a t-shirt that effectively called for the lynching of journalists.
“Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required,” the shirt said.
— Breanne Deppisch (@breanne_dep) November 6, 2016
The GOP nominee has been no stranger to calling out the media at rallies for its blatant dishonesty.
“These are among the most dishonest people you will ever, ever meet,” the candidate has said more than once.
Journalists weren’t too fond of the Trump supporter’s message, nor were those on the left who frequently benefit from the media’s biased reporting. Predictably, race was immediately brought into play, thanks to former CNN host Soledad O’Brien.
Trump Rally in Minn. So much to think about in this photo. But basically: white guy wearing a shirt promoting lynching. “Economic anxiety!) pic.twitter.com/jliNNPOmJ0
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) November 7, 2016
Here’s a sampling of the hyperventilating from the left, as seen on Twitter:
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) November 7, 2016
We forget that “economic anxiety” greased the skids that made slavery, segregation, disfranchisement and lynching possible. @soledadobrien
— Blair LM Kelley (@profblmkelley) November 7, 2016
@soledadobrien Probably a family tradition.
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) November 7, 2016
@soledadobrien When white guy advocates lynching, its economic anxiety. Black people peacefully protest being shot by police, they’re thugs.
— easy5050 (@easy5050) November 7, 2016
Truly frightening. https://t.co/lTNBbIRlfc
— Touré (@Toure) November 7, 2016
— Kansas Dust (@hill_Kansas) November 7, 2016
@Toure Chilling. They REALLY want the sword to be mightier than the pen, but they’ll always be wrong.
— Dinah Cox (@DinahCox) November 7, 2016
I’ve gotten dozens of these — and worse — emails, Twitter, phone calls, Facebook comments. F–k em. We’re not going anywhere. https://t.co/Ia2nP2lveC
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) November 7, 2016
Then again, maybe they have it all wrong:
Impressed by the creative spirit of this Trump supporter. Get a rope, pull down a tree, pulp it to make paper, become a journalist. Noble. pic.twitter.com/UMX2rmmGAv
— Matt Liberal Elite (@mattleys) November 7, 2016
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