As former President Donald Trump faces significant pressure from state and federal investigations into various allegations of misconduct, the former President upped his violent rhetoric.
Democrats haven’t taken Trump’s rhetoric lightly, warning that it could result in another January 6-style riot.
This time Trump has taken to Truth Social to share his aggressive takes.
Over the course of two days, Trump appeared to threaten Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with a baseball bat and, in another, warned that indicting him could lead to “death & destruction” around the country.
Trump’s posts were surprisingly direct, even with his history of veiled and not-so-veiled threats.
His critics have warned that Trump is fanning the flames of partisan hostilities and sparking national unrest.
The former head of the now-defunct January 6 Select Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), described Trump’s actions as “dangerous” and a sign “the pressure of the moment is getting to him.”
However, Thompson expressed hope that Trump’s supporters wouldn’t take the former President’s inflammatory remarks “literally.”
The Mississippi Democrat added that those who ventured to Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, did so at Trump’s behest, adding that “over time, he weaponized them to attack the Capitol.”
Thompson asserted Trump’s recent remarks mimicked that weaponization but were “taken to another level.”
The warnings came before Trump’s first campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on Saturday (March 25). Trump choosing Waco, the site of a siege conducted by law enforcement of the Branch Davidians compound 30 years after the cult massacre, is also considered symbolic, with some pointing to his decision to launch in Waco as signs he intends to have his own standoff with law enforcement.