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There comes a point where the bombastic, divisive rhetoric the president spews on a near daily basis goes in one ear and out the other.

I’ve refrained from continuously writing columns about President Donald Trump because I believe that giving him the time of day, every day, only shines a spotlight to his irresponsible behavior, which we’re all very well aware of.

As I was glancing through my news feed the other day, I saw something that caught my eye. Trump had retweeted a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress’ comment from a Fox News interview, “If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War-like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal.”

Normally, most people would just shrug off a comment like that. Not this time, no way in hell.

If you know anything about the Civil War, it was the bloodiest conflict in the United States’ history, and that’s an understatement.

Today, Trump posted on Instagram that the impeachment inquiry into his alleged abuse of power is an attempt at a coup. A few days ago, he accused U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) who is leading the inquiry, of treason.

A few weeks ago, he blasted Fox News claiming that the network was no longer working for him and his supporters.

Fox News T.V. personalities hit back saying they don’t work for him. Good for Fox News.

Enough is enough this time.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. This man is setting up a scenario where if he doesn’t win, something terrible will happen.

Unfortunately, his base supporters and evidently the entire Republican party will support him no matter what.

If you think he’s joking this time, just see how he acts on television and in recent interviews. He’s losing whatever temperament he had left.

Trump does not and will never respect the Constitution of the United States; he truly believes that he’s above the law.

I’m sure plenty of people will dismiss his language as usual Trump rhetoric but you should know that people are paying attention; militia groups are quite enthusiastic about what Trump said.

We can’t underestimate the power of Trump’s tweets, especially to his hardcore group of supporters, whom I should add include right-wing extremists, racists and xenophobes.

When Trump attacks news networks, reporters, congressmen, individuals or organizations, those groups DO receive death threats.

The sad truth is, even if the democratic nominee defeats him in the general election, a man with such a narcissistic, God-like perception of himself won’t concede defeat.

He’ll simply claim election fraud, election interference (the definition of irony) or in some way refuse to step down.

As the saying goes, sh*t just got real.

ANDREW DOUGHERTY is a Columnist for The Vidette. Contact him at vidette_addough@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @addough


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