When your bread-and-butter is stirring up the worst in people, you need to be really cautious about crossing your base.
This election has brought out some ugly, scary characters. On both sides. Trump, however, has plumbed the depths of living hell with his rhetoric and it may come back to bite him.
On Wednesday, one of those who have responded to Trump’s constant dog whistling and the demonization of “other” called in to Glenn Beck’s radio program, with a troubling message for his hay-haired idol.
The radio call turned “spooky” after “Nate” from Virginia was asked to explain how he can trust Trump to keep his promises when he’s already changing some of his policy positions.
“As long as he does the basic things, the foundational things, which is build a wall, he’s not going to have people like me coming after him,” Nate responded.
“So if he doesn’t build a wall like China, then he’s in trouble?” Beck said.
“Oh, he’s in so much trouble,” the caller quickly shot back. “You don’t even understand the backlash of us, the ones who are so frustrated and angry and tired of all the political stuff. We’re going to come after him personally. You know what I mean? We’re going to get him.”
“Get him” could mean a lot of things. A public properly motivated could petition their government to proceed with impeachment of a president who has somehow neglected to properly conduct the duties of his office.
It could mean those who voted for him in his first term would not be there to support him in a bid for a second term.
Or it could mean something more base and violent. Beck pressed “Nate” on what he meant by “get him,” hoping he meant something more legal.
“Well, I mean, hey, you yourself said he’s condoned violence in the past, hasn’t he?” the caller replied.
The caller went on to issue a chilling warning to Trump about keeping his campaign promises:
“I’m just saying, he’s appealing to people who are very frustrated and angry. Their frustration and anger can only be subsided if he makes his promises true,” Nate said. “And he has a lot on his shoulders. Maybe he himself doesn’t even know how much. But if he doesn’t come through for us, he’s going to have bigger problems, bigger problems than what you know.”
Beck described the call as “one of the spookiest” phone calls he’s ever received.
For as much as I despise Trump and what he’s done to this election, the party, and ultimately, our nation, I would not see him or anyone in his circle harmed.
There are risks that come with the very public nature of politics, so I pray Trump keeps one eye open, at all times.
You can hear the call here.