Trump Warns of Riots If Not Nominated

Speaking on CNN’s New Day (I know I haven’t heard of it either) Donald Trump predicted violence if he were to not receive the Republican party nomination.

I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400, because we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically. I think it would be — I think yo

u’d have riots. Now, if you disenfranchise those people and you say, well I’m sorry but you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short, I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen, I really do. I believe that. I wouldn’t lead it but I think bad things would happen.

Reality

Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer tried to spin this statement saying “I assume he’s speaking figuratively,” however one would find it hard to believe as actual riots broke out at a Trump rally in Chicago just a few days prior. What Donald Trump is doing here is a classic example of priming. By suggesting an idea of violence, either willing or unwillingly, supporters are then influenced to believe violence is part of normal judgement.

Comments like these add to the growing evidence that Donald Trump supports and condones violence against people with different ideas.

Links

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/16/politics/donald-trump-ted-cruz-brokered-convention/index.html

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bbushman/98b.pdf

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