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Flashback to 2009: Virginia Tea Partier Suggests Use of “Bullet Box” if “Ballot Box” Not Sufficient


Donald Trump’s insane, dangerous comments today had me flashing back to this post, from July 16, 2009 (in which Virginia Tea Partier Catherine Crabill suggests turning to the “bullet box” if the “ballot box” is not sufficient). Does this type of violent, crazed far-right-wing rhetoric sound familiar? So…are Republicans like Barbara Comstock and Ed Gillespie FINALLY going to denounce Trump and/or pull their endorsements? Or is even THIS latest outrage from Trump not a step too far?

I would say that this is incredible, but sadly I’m not surprised at all given the collection of right-wing extremists (Jeff Frederick, Ken Cuccinelli, Bob McDonnell, Bob Marshall, etc.) making up the Republican Party of Virginia. And before all you trolls out there come on here wailing about how Catherine Crabill is a batshit crazy aberration, I would point out to you that the Republican crowd listening to her call for violent, armed revolution against the United States of America is not booing, they’re cheering her. Also, let’s see if Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, or any other “leading” Virginia Republican condemns this woman’s insane, dangerous rhetoric? Wait, is that the sound of crickets chirping I hear? Right, that’s what I thought. Case closed.

h/t: NLS

UPDATE: The Huffington Post picks up the story.

  • Now compare to Trump’s comments today


  • From the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

    Donald Trump Elicits Insurrectionist Rhetoric

    CSGV Statement in Reaction to Trump Implying Harm by “Second Amendment Folks”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 9, 2016) –In a speech before supporters in Wilmington, North Carolina today, GOP nominee Donald Trump insinuated that if Hillary Clinton was elected president, that the Second Amendment might provide a insurrectionist tool to prevent her from appointing judges, saying, “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he then added. “Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

    Statement from Josh Horwitz, Executive Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence:

    “The threat of gun violence towards a political opponent, their possible appointees, or the United States Government is unacceptable from anyone, even in jest, and is especially egregious from a candidate for the highest office in the land. Unfortunately, this is a point of view that has been mainstreamed by the National Rifle Association and parroted by candidates for political office in the past. As a nation we have seen gun violence against our government workers, our law enforcement, and even an assassination attempt on a sitting member of Congress. The comments today from Donald Trump show a blatant misunderstanding of the Second Amendment, United States Constitution and the ideals that make this country great.”

  • Virginia 4th CD Dem candidate Donald McEachin comment:

    “Donald Trump’s comments were reckless, destructive, and wrong. They should disqualify him from holding any position of civic trust or responsibility. Candidates who endorse violence, or joke about violence, or coyly hint at violence, endanger our republic.

    “Again and again, this man has resorted to violent rhetoric. He predicted ‘riots’ if he failed to win the Republican nomination. He has seemed, repeatedly, to encourage violence against protestors. He complains that ‘nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.’ Trump’s contemptible views make him unworthy of Americans’ trust or support.”

  • Former VA LG Bill Bolling calls Trump’s call for gun violence against HIllary Clinton a “joke…a very bad joke.” #FAIL

    I don’t believe for a minute that Donald Trump was encouraging violence against Hillary Clinton. It was a joke…a very bad joke. But you just can’t say things like this. It is reckless and it is destructive, but Trump does this every day. Donald Trump has an insatiable gift for opening his mouth just long enough to change feet. Unfortunately, I think he is incapable of changing, and he is therefore incapable of winning.

  • old_redneck

    Catherine Crabill is still with us down here on the Northern Neck. After she almost won a seat in the VA House of Delegates, she pretty much slipped into oblivion. She was a regular at the 99th District Tea Party meetings until the group went under and closed. They are trying to resurrect themselves as the “First District Freedom Coalition” but they can’t even get a meeting organized.

    Meanwhile, once or twice a month Crabill has a letter published in our local newspaper, the Rappahannock Record from Kilmarnock. Her letters consist of the latest “FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW” crap from the Internet.

    • And I’m sure she’s a HUGE Trump supporter. Ugh.