A supporter of President Donald Trump is under fire after tweeting his desire to commit a Charlottesville-style vehicular terrorist attack on people protesting the president’s Tuesday campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
Twitter users captured screen shots of a post by Graham Carlise, whose account has been suspended, in which the 23-year-old asks, “Anybody have a truck I can borrow today?? Wanna run over some protesters.” Carlise is clearly a Trump supporter, based a previous tweet that read, “If Trump doesn’t get reelected I hope he doesn’t peacefully transition power. We need a king.”
Carlise’s tweet comes less than two weeks after a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of anti-fascist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounding 19 others. Two Virginia State Troopers also died in a helicopter crash while monitoring events on the ground.
President Trump outraged countless Americans on both the Left and the Right by blaming “both sides” for the violence, for asserting there were “very fine people” marching with the Ku Klux Klansmen and Nazis and for waiting more than two days to condemn the white supremacists and other nationalists by name. This, from a presidential candidate who relentlessly blasted Barack Obama for failing to call out “radical Islamic terrorists” by name.
An American on US soil is more likely to be killed by right-wing terrorists than by Islamist extremists.