Trump’s thuggish threat of violence against his critics

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Well, consider this episode from President Bill Clinton’s first term. Sen. Jesse Helms, the ultraconservative and Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was asked about whether President Clinton should visit the troops at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Helms responded the President shouldn’t come down to his state because the military hated him because he had avoided service in Vietnam, supported gays in the military and reduced spending. The senator told a radio station, “Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He’d better have a bodyguard.”
The remark provoked a response from the President, an inquiry from the Secret Service and front-page coverage in all of America’s newspapers. Most significantly, it prompted a climbdown from Helms, who said, “I made a mistake last evening which I shall not repeat.” (It also made for an excellent episode in one of the early seasons of…

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