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Left-leaning Americans including journalists threatened violence and death “literally” if President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Senate attempt to nominate and seat a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
**Warning: Strong language
“If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire f**king thing down,” former CNN contributor Reza Aslan, an Iranian-born religious scholar and frequent Trump critic, wrote on Twitter Friday.
If they even TRY to replace RBG we burn the entire fucking thing down.
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
In response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement indicating that any nominee President Donald Trump makes will get a vote, Aslan added: “Over our dead bodies. Literally.”
Over our dead bodies. Literally. https://t.co/rQbvuKakHU
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) September 19, 2020
Another journalist, Laura Bassett, also appeared to send a dog whistle to left-wing supporters about launching new riots should the president and the GOP act in accordance with the Constitution.
“If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots,” she wrote, adding in a since-deleted tweet, “*more, bigger riots.”
Oh wait!!! I think i found it!!; pic.twitter.com/BEqmxzOf4M
— jus me (@CouldnAway) September 19, 2020
RBG, NO! This is peak 2020–how can we avoid everything going to shit now?
If they try to replace her before January 2021 I WILL FUCKING RIOT.
— Diane Telgen (@originalneglet) September 18, 2020
And I will fucking join you. See you on the battlefield, friend.
— christineriedel (@christineriedel) September 19, 2020
RBG died i will riot
— Chaotic Witch Aunt (@AuntChaotic) September 18, 2020
If he tries to replace RBG we riot at dawn. We just destroy it all.
— Brittany 🍔 Belcher (@BeeRich99) September 19, 2020
It will cost the Republicans a lot to replace RBG before the election. They may succeed, but our job is to make the cost unimaginable.
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) September 19, 2020
I've seen Democrats respond to RBG's death so far by fundraising, threatening riots, threatening to "burn it down," threatening to pack the court, and marching to the houses of politicians to threaten them.
It's all about power and it's about to get ugly.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 19, 2020
We’re on the brink of civil war.
It’s not hyperbolic to say that anymore.
— Darknight307 (@darknight307) September 19, 2020
Scores of Americans responded to the not-so-veiled threats in a variety of ways including all but daring leftists to start them.
“There are already riots,” conservative author, podcaster, and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino posted.
These riots don’t scare anyone anymore I for one am sick of it….if it wasn’t for older conservatives telling us young bucks to be cool we would have already stood up by now trust me
— Josh (@Josh17597386) September 19, 2020
its funny how the riots hurt the democrats really bad and in response to the death of RBG, when the democrats need every vote imaginable, tons of leftists start calling for more riots
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) September 19, 2020
Lol liberals saying they will riot about RBG 👍👍👍
— Experimental Music Hater ☭🏴✡️ (@norm_follower) September 19, 2020
If your first inclination following the death of your favorite SCOTUS justice is to call for revolution, you were always just a fan of that justice’s politics, never the institutions she served, writes @BecketAdams.
Hell of a way to honor RBG's memory.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 19, 2020
During his Friday program, Fox News host Tucker Carlson spoke with other network contributors and longtime senior political analyst Brit Hume, telling him he believes the country is going to be held “hostage” to the whims of elected leaders regarding the replacement of Ginsburg.
“Our American institutions right now and our political system are undergoing a stress test as difficult and intense as I’ve ever seen,” Hume said in a remark about the division in the country that’s been building steadily since the Obama administration.
“I think the leaders have to consider what the effect would be if we plunged into what would undoubtedly be a brutal and divisive confirmation battle,” he added.
Later, in a back-and-forth with fellow Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, Carlson lamented left-wing threats of violence
“At the back of everyone’s mind is, ‘Oh, maybe we shouldn’t try and exercise our system in the way it was intended to be exercised because Biden voters will get mad and start hurting people. That’s kind of a weird place to be, isn’t it?” he said.
She agreed, saying “it’s a horrible place to be,” and adding that “people who are silent now” will be speaking by casting ballots over the next 45 days ahead of the election.
For his part, President Trump has already called on the GOP-controlled Senate to prepare for him to nominate someone.
“@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday morning.
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