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Trump’s condemnation of violent video is hard to take seriously

The White House this month said President Trump “strongly condemns” a fake video depicting him killing members of the news media and political rivals.
The White House this month said President Trump “strongly condemns” a fake video depicting him killing members of the news media and political rivals. CHERISS MAY/NEW YORK TIMES

Re “Trump condemns violent video shown at event” (Page A2, Oct. 15): President Trump’s condemnation of a fake violent video showing him shooting members of the news media and political opponents does not square with his own practices. He has retweeted fake videos showing him beating up a person whose face bears the CNN logo and him knocking Hillary Clinton down while she is entering an airliner.

He has said that if he shot someone dead on New York’s Fifth Avenue, he wouldn’t lose a vote, and promised to pay the legal fees of supporters if they beat up a protester. He warned of violence if he didn’t get the 2016 nomination, and of a civil war if he was impeached. In March 2016, before he was even nominated or elected, The New York Times published a documentary video record, appropriately called “Trump’s history of encouraging violence.”

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Therefore, how can his condemnation of the most recent video be taken as serious or sincere?

The video also depicts him attacking former president Barack Obama, which alone should attract the attention of the Secret Service. They should investigate the showing of such a video inside Trump’s own Florida resort property.

These acts, taken together and combined, also warrant inclusion into a further article of impeachment.

James Adler

Cambridge