How Trump’s rhetoric has inspired violence

In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, ABC News’ Kyra Phillips reports on multiple cases where President Donald Trump’s words have been cited in acts of violence.
6:31 | 01/09/21

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And we've been seen some increase calls from Democrats and even some Republicans remove president trump from all those before his term is up. The president is accused of helping to insight the riot on our nation's capital with his words to his supporters on Wednesday. Twitter now taking that action to permanently suspend his account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. But it's not first time that the president's rhetoric has been accused of fanning the flames. Here's ABC's cure Phillips. Where is stuck with a president who lost the election by a lot. And we have to live with that for four more years were just not gonna let that happen. President trounced lies in rhetoric under intense scrutiny with less than two weeks ago. He'll be leaving the Oval Office and his presidential legacy. Up in smoke. The president getting heat from all sides after Wednesday's rally in DC turned into a deadly right. As the Electoral College town got under way. We're gonna walk down. Anyone you want but I think right here we're gonna walk down to the capital because you'll never. Take back our country with a weakness. Democrats and Republicans calling his rhetoric unconscionable and unconstitutional. And down right dangerous. President has committed an unspeakable assault. On our nation and our people. What happened here today it was an insurrection. Inside about the president of the United States. The president needs to understand that his actions. Or the problem not the solution this had the active encouragement. Of a city president of the United States. The outcome here. Leading to deadly consequences. All connected to the riots five deaths including a capitol police officer. But the unprecedented siege on Capitol Hill. Only a reminder of the dangerous rhetoric Donald Trump has been accused of before. It's a question he's faced for years accused of fanning the fires of hatred. President trough disagrees. But does it the president and his words appearing in scores of police reports and courtrooms. And this Cleveland man attacked his African American neighbors with a knife. And then tells police Donald Trump will fix them because they are scared of Donald Trump. And watch this video from Gainsville Florida. A Latino man is working outside of his convenience store. When he says a stranger suddenly bashes in in the head. Moments later the victim describing their attack. Church. After reviewing hundreds of police reports and court records from across the country ABC news found more than fifty criminal cases where Donald Trump was explicitly invoked in relation to violent acts. Threats or alleged assaults. ABC news search for past cases similar Lee invoking presidents bush or Obama but could not find one. In order for something decreased. A decade and a charging document a criminal complaint and indictment. Or some other type of court record there has to be substantive. Concrete information. That's support. We did the information already assertion provided in that court document. This man was arrested after threatening Tim massacre employees of the Boston Globe for their coverage of trump in more than a dozen calls to the newspaper he declares. You are their enemy of the people. A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. In ten of the cases identified by ABC news defense attorneys specifically cited trump in court. To help explain their clients violent or threatening actions. We begin tonight with the latest on that fast moving investigation. Into a Florida man federal officials now say mailed fourteen bombs targeting president trumps highest profile critics. After Caesars say are pleading guilty to 65 federal charges his lawyer tells the judge. We believe the president's rhetoric contributed to mister sale talks behavior. Is disconcerting to law enforcement and. There are people out there mentally unwell violence prone individuals in our society you'll hear the words of the present United States. And and view those words as permission to go out and conduct an attack against. Others however trumps critics have also invoked his name. During acts of violence. But of the 54 total cases ABC news found that 75%. Of them reflected someone echoing trumps rhetoric. Not protesting the I guess at some supporter senator just okay some of those charged were found to be mentally ill. Others just dangerously devoted to their politics. President may not be directly responsible. For the acts of violence conducted by. Some of these individuals but his words that do provide damned big validation. Even before entering the White House. Trump recognize the power south of commander in chief's words. That he irresponsible. Rhetoric of our president. Who guys use the pulpit. Presidency. To divide us by race and color. Has made America. Pay more dangerous. Environment. Then frankly. I have ever seen. Once in office that trump insisted he deserves no such blame campaign here and I'm really matter if you're. No I don't I think my language is very nice. But not nice enough to prevent the violence in this week's capitol chaos. Nor a nice enough. To prevent the ongoing resignations. From demos who once defended him. For ABC news live I'm cured Phillips in Washington.

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