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Letter to the editor: Trump threats?

Lawrence Journal-World opinion section

Lawrence Journal-World opinion section

April 8, 2016


To the editor:

I cannot believe what I have just heard a Trump campaign manager say in reference to the National Republican Convention coming up soon. The message was that if opponents of Donald Trump would organize an attempt to have some other candidate than the highly controversial candidate for president of the United States nominated for the office of commander in chief, they would identify delegates who were part of the movement, give out hotel room numbers and otherwise threaten and harass these individuals who were doing their required job at the convention.

Has it finally come to this? Has the presence of Donald Trump created more viciousness and  veiled threats of violence in our political process? Has this unqualified wannabe decided that the only way to terrorize his way to the White House is to make terroristic threats to the party delegates? Is there no law or common sense way to put this vicious circus in our political process out of business? Whatever happened to the laws against terroristic threats?


Bob Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

The last paragraph reads like the breathless teaser for a movie serial from the 1930s. Will Rin Tin Tin be able to put out the fire in the old windmill and save little Timmy? Be sure to see the next episode!

Greg Cooper 2 years, 1 month ago

That was Lassie, Bob.

And the questions are appropriate, given the current campaign nastiness. Why don't you address those?

Bob Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Nope, the questions are not appropriate. They're one step short of hysterical and I'd not dignify them by address them.

Brock Masters 2 years, 1 month ago

Reminds me of the Kansas Democratic Party threatening to identify people who didn't come out to vote. Yep, crazy the lengths politicians will go to get elected.

Richard Aronoff 2 years, 1 month ago

Fred: Can you provide the direct quote? Did he say threaten and harass or did he say lobby and cajole? Because trying to convince delegates to support your candidate on the second or third ballot is as old as the country.

Kasich's entire campaign is based on that strategy.

Greg Cooper 2 years, 1 month ago

Look it up yourself and it will mean more. However, it was a direct threat. Fred said it right, and I heard it, too. Maybe if you'd listen to real newscasts you'd be more informed as to the character of Trump and his devotees. H, and they, are not above these actions, and more, in pursuit of the throne he thinks the presidency gives him.

He has no plan (that is at all reasonable), has no agenda other than "Make America Great Again", a catchphrase identifying nothing, signifying nothing, and going nowhere.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 2 years, 1 month ago

Did you know this creep used to be a goon for AFP too?

Brock Masters 2 years, 1 month ago

I did look it up and Fred is wrong. First it wasn't a campaign manager or anyone working for the campaign.

Here is what was said by Roger Stone.

"If Trump does not run the table on the rest of the primaries and the caucuses, we’re looking at a very, very narrow path in which the kingmakers go all out to cheat, to steal, and to snatch this nomination from the candidate who is overwhelmingly selected by the voters, which is why I have urged Trump supporters: come to Cleveland. March on Cleveland. Join us in the Forest City. We’re going to have protests, demonstrations. We will disclose the hotels and the room numbers of those delegates who are directly involved in the steal. If you’re from Pennsylvania, we’ll tell you who the culprits are. We urge you to visit their hotel and find them. You have a right to discuss this if you voted in the Pennsylvania primary, for example, and your votes are being disallowed."

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 1 month ago

Richard, no I do not have the direct quote. But it has been featured on CNN about 21 times, check it out, you can't miss it.

Brock Masters 2 years, 1 month ago

Fred, I posted the direct quote and you were not even close. Your version hinges on being a complete fabrication of the actual event.

Bob Summers 2 years, 1 month ago

What's the big deal? Liberals are emotionally susceptible to anything.

It's in their genetics.

safe zones in some of the most expensive Universities in the country are but the tip of the iceberg for Liberal's bullying, tempestuous demeanor.

Bob Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Since the nation has survived 7 years under the current, least transparent and most corrupt in the history of America, regime, I reckon we could survive a Trump administration.

Richard Aronoff 2 years, 1 month ago

Fred: Mentioning CNN as your source is an example of Mark Twain's comment that a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still pulling on it's shoes. And thanks Brock Masters for providing the actual quote.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 1 month ago

It matters not who made the threat. It was a threat. A terroristic threat. This gets most anyone who make one subject to arrest for the threat.

You can make all the notions and suppositions for defense of Mr. Trump, but this individual made public threats of terroristic actions against legal delegates to the convention. This is a criminal act and should be prosecuted.

Brock Masters 2 years, 1 month ago

"You have a right to discuss this" is a terrorist attack making one subject to arrest? Really Fred? It does matter who said it because you wrote a letter with false information.

I think a person who voted for a candidate only to have that delegate vote for someone else does have call to discuss it with the delegate.

You didn't know who said it and you didn't know what they said but by gosh by darn it was a terrorist attack. Fred, you should write a letter apologizing for spreading false information.

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