Brian Klaas, who is frequently featured on TV, recently stated during an appearance on MSNBC that it is “very likely” that Donald Trump’s supporters “will try to commit acts of violence” ahead of next year’s presidential election, emphasizing that Trump’s rhetoric in speeches and on social media could be interpreted as an “order” by certain individuals.
The political analyst and political scientist participated on Sunday in The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart, broadcasted by MSNBC.
The program discussed, among other things, US President Donald Trump’s speech on September 29 in Anaheim, California, where Trump reportedly suggested that if a business is robbed, the owner should have the right to shoot the robber on the spot.
Brian Klaas’s own tone is also elevated, as he accuses Trump of engaging in something called “stochastic terrorism,” which he describes as when someone very powerful “demonizes” individual people or groups.
– What it basically means is when someone who is very powerful targets and demonizes individual groups in the public, at least a small number of their followers will take them as marching orders, says Klaas.
"We're sorta gambling a lot of people's lives and our democracy on the idea that this rhetoric doesn't translate into real world violence and that is a very, very bad bet for America to make" @brianklaas on the concern America should have from Trump's violent rhetoric #SundayShow pic.twitter.com/DOQSTbtoDr
— The Saturday/Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@weekendcapehart) October 1, 2023
– What is highly likely going into the 2024 election is that a small subset of Trump’s very well-armed and extremist base will try to kill people.
Donald Trump is currently the leading Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
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Brian Klaas is a regular commentator in US and UK media, with his articles appearing in The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian. He is a regular guest on channels such as CNN, BBC and MSNBC. He also writes for Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, an influential and globalist-oriented lobby group often described as a de facto permanent government-like institution in the United States.