October 31, 2018

Trump rhetoric used as defense in bomb plot case

Global News, Canada - Three Kansas militia members who were convicted of plotting to bomb the mosque and homes of Somali immigrants should be granted leniency in their sentencing because they were inspired by President Donald Trump‘s rhetoric encouraging violence, lawyers for the men said in court documents.

The defense lawyers, in filings made in federal court in Kansas, said the court had to acknowledge Trump’s “rough-and-tumble verbal pummeling” in the 2016 election campaign that “heightened the rhetorical stakes for people of all political persuasions.”

One of the lawyers said that Trump continued to stoke Islamophobia.

Attorneys James Pratt and Michael Shultz, ... said Trump appealed to “lost and ignored white, working-class men” like their client, who was “an early and avid supporter” of the president.

“The court cannot ignore the circumstances of one of the most rhetorically mold-breaking, violent, awful, hateful and contentious presidential elections in modern history, driven in large measure by the rhetorical China shop bull who is now our president,” the lawyers wrote in their sentencing memorandum for Stein.

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