Congressman echoes Trump’s claim that Clinton aides deserved to die

Jim Jordan’s statement on Fox News is another example of violent rhetoric entering the Republican mainstream, analysts say

Congressman Jim Jordan.
Congressman Jim Jordan. Photograph: Brian Cahn/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Anti-hate speech activists have condemned the Republican US congressman Jim Jordan for his apparent endorsement of Donald Trump’s declaration that members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff should have been executed.

Jordan asserted on Fox & Friends that the former president was “right on target” when he accused Clinton’s aides of spying on him, and that in another time in US history their “crime would have been punishable by death”.


But the position of the Ohio rightwinger and fierce Trump loyalist, who is resisting efforts from a congressional committee to explain his own role in the deadly 6 January Capitol riot that Trump incited, serves only to stoke further the country’s volatile political divisions and promote more violence, the groups say.

“Trump and Jordan are escalating tensions at a time when this country sorely needs healing,” Michael Edison Hayden, senior investigative journalist with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s intelligence project, told the Guardian.

“Couple those words with Marjorie Taylor Greene’s statements about breaking apart the country and you can pretty easily see how integrated the extreme far-right fringe has become in the contemporary Republican party.

“Some of these politicians sound more like 8chan posters, or Daily Stormer commenters, than leaders,” he added.

Trump, who continues to promote the baseless “big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, even as he mulls another run for the White House in 2024, was no stranger to inciting his supporters to violence, or the threat of it, long before the attack on the US Capitol that claimed five lives.

During his four years in the White House he failed to condemn white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, in which a protester was murdered, insisting there were “very fine people on both sides”.

During the first presidential debate with Joe Biden in 2020, Trump urged the extremist Proud Boys, notorious for street brawls, to “stand back and stand by” during a segment on political violence. And he told the 6 January rioters “we love you” in a video address after they ransacked the Capitol building.

In linking the specter of execution to campaign workers for Clinton, a familiar target of his ire despite his victory over her in the 2016 election, Trump is blowing on a familiar dog whistle, some analysts say. And politicians such as Jordan endorsing or amplifying his words merely continue to ingrain violence into the political mainstream, they add.

“The bottom line is that people pay attention to what is being said in the public square, whether it’s sitting presidents, former presidents, or other elected officials,” said Oren Segal, vice-president for the Anti Defamation League’s center on extremism.

“[We’re] in a time where we are seeing extremists feel that their agendas are legitimized. Any language that normalizes violence is simply dangerous.”

Jordan appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss a filing by justice department special investigator John Durham, a Trump appointee, that alleged operatives paid by the Clinton campaign had accessed White House servers in an effort to “dig up dirt”.

“In a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death,” Trump’s statement said, in part.

During the Fox interview, Jordan was not asked directly about Trump’s allusion to executions, but over the weekend he retweeted a Fox News article about it that included the “punishable by death” comments in full.

“We’ve never seen anything like this in history,” Jordan said. “So President Trump’s statement is right on target. This is truly unprecedented, truly something that has never happened in the history of our great country.”

To Segal, the episode is a further example of extremism masquerading as mainstream.

“That sort of language about people should be put to death, or that there should be violent consequences to people’s actions, is quite common among extremist circles. It’s the lifeblood of social media, the propaganda we see in so many different spaces,” he said.

“And yet it’s not just limited to extremist discussions online, it’s now part of the public discussion amplified by elected officials. This is why it is so dangerous. It’s no longer fringe commentary that one would expect, it’s part of the broader public discussion, which only serves to animate the extremes more.”

Just so you understand the Durham filing did not say that Hillary’s campaign had anything to do with hacking in to the WH nor tRump tower.  It was a 26 page conspiracy tale of stuff designed to give the right wing some talking points to change the conversation from tRump shredding papers, taking classified papers to Mar-a-Largo, and his long term accounting firm saying his financial filings were untrustworthy.    

Amazing that after 30 years she is still their biggest boogieman. The right trots her out any time they need to deflect or distract knowing she is an easy way to enrage the base. The Durham filing added no new information. It was a screed of conspiracies designed to distract from a serious issue tRump has. Lawyers have publicly said the filing should have been half a page but Durham went on for 26 pages just to spin a misinformation tale. The crux of what Durham charged Michael Sussmann with is lying to the FBI by not answering a question the FBI never asked. Yes that is right, the FBI never asked him if he worked for Hillary as it was not important. It is going to be laughed out of court if it ever gets to one. Sussmann took information from some tech people on a bank from Moscow associated with Putin contacting a dedicated server in tRump Tower. He did not give them his life story, why would he. If you tell the bank about a bank robbery they don’t care if you ever had a bank account. So again an attempt to mislead and confuse, to muddy the water from the true criminal tRump by using a boogieman the right has demonized but never been able to prove did anything wrong.

5 thoughts on “Congressman echoes Trump’s claim that Clinton aides deserved to die

    1. Hello Nan. A lot of smoke and mirrors. I have to say the glee on the right is a raging fire. Fox news is claiming there was hacking into the White House which was not even in the filing because it did not happen. Oh so many more indictments coming, tRump proven correct on everything, Hillary and the Democrats all going to jail … and so much more silliness. I wonder if they will still be on it today. At one point I wrote how this was just a distraction. Why a new filing that added no new information but went on for 26 pages and came out / played up the same day as a bunch of really bad stuff about tRump came out? But they don’t see the distraction and misdirection.

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      1. “They” don’t see the distraction because what is being said FEEDS what they already believe. And the more words that are used just accentuates that belief.

        In a very real sense, those of us on the “other side” are not all that different. Think about it. When we read things that confirm what we already believe, it tends to validate our own perspectives.

        Of course, the difference is OUR perspective is the TRUE one. Right? Right! 😉

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        1. Hello Nan. Yes and no. Our side doesn’t tend to support open criminals nor racist in our gang. look at the difference between Andrew Cuomo and Matt Gaetz. Or Anothny Weiner. Yes there are policies that both sides think the other are crazy to support, but when it comes to outright excusing crime and bigotry our side doesn’t do that, but theirs does.

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          1. But to THEM … it’s not bigotry or crime. To them, it’s all justified. Seriously. This is how many (TOO many) actually see things. You should know this from all your “discussions” with those on the far right.

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