The main pillars of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign are hate, fear, and division. Such behavioral traits can be observed amongst the faithful who follow Trump who carry signs with disgusting slogans that embolden the “us vs them” mentality. It is much easier to vilify someone who one views as evil, rather than having a different opinion on political policy.
This behavior is open and welcome at Trump’s rallies. Some of his supporters openly lament about the possibility of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winning the election and what they plan to do if that comes to pass:
If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it. We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take, I would do whatever I can for my country.
Trump’s campaign, while stoking fears, attempts to play dumb about the type of environment they’ve created. In regards to supporters who talk of violence and revolution the Trump campaign issued a statement:
We reject violence in any form and will not allow it to be a part of our campaign. Those who hold unacceptable views do not represent the millions of Americans who are tired of the rigged Washington system that will make their voices heard at the ballot box on Nov. 8.