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Far-right figures and loyalists mobilize with extreme threats of armed conflict and civil war following Trump’s conviction in New York


Florida – As the future of the Florida case, where former President Donald Trump is accused of mishandling classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence and faces 40 counts, including willful retention of sensitive documents and obstructing federal efforts to retrieve them, remains uncertain, the outcome of the New York hush money trial has ignited fears of escalating political violence as responses from far-right extremists take a dangerous turn.

Far-right figures and loyalists mobilize with extreme threats of armed conflict and civil war following Trump's conviction in New York
Map of america USA burning match – as a symbol of incitement to crisis and chaos of division in country. Credit: Deposit Photos

Reactions to Trump’s Conviction Stir Political and Public Outcry

In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s recent conviction on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to hush money payments, the political landscape has erupted with reactions ranging from critical support to outright threats and calls for violent retaliation. The controversial verdict has mobilized supporters and detractors alike, leading to a volatile atmosphere filled with emotionally charged rhetoric and divisive actions.

A Conviction That Shook the Nation

Donald Trump was unanimously found guilty by a New York jury for his efforts to conceal $130,000 in payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, aimed at protecting his reputation in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Following the verdict, Trump lambasted the trial as “rigged” and “a disgrace,” echoing his previous grievances about the 2020 election outcome. This response set the tone for the subsequent reactions from his allies and the broader public.

From Congressional Support to Public Threats

The response from Trump’s political base has been intensely fierce. Wisconsin Representative Derrick Van Orden’s statement on X (formerly Twitter) exemplified the extreme reactions, likening the trial’s impact to historical military defeats: “Millions of Nazi and Imperial Japanese soldiers could not take down America but one Scumbag New York judge did just that.” This kind of rhetoric has not only inflamed sentiments but also blurred the lines between political hyperbole and potential incitement.

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Beyond the halls of Congress, Trump’s grassroots supporters have taken to the internet to express their discontent, sometimes crossing into dangerous territory. NBC News reported instances of Trump loyalists calling for the personal targeting and harassment of the jurors involved in the trial—a practice known as “doxxing.” Disturbing comments on various platforms included threats of making jurors “miserable” or “even suicidal,” with one user suggesting that “1,000,000 men (armed) need to go to Washington and hang everyone.”

Calls for Civil War and Political Violence

The rhetoric escalated further with users on platforms like Patriots.win and Trump’s Truth Social calling for outright civil war and the execution of those involved in the conviction. Posts suggested preparing for armed conflict, labeling the trial’s participants as “traitors” who should be banished or executed. Notable far-right figures like Ali Alexander and members of the Proud Boys have also made alarming statements, comparing the situation to historical conflicts and dictatorial regimes.

Media Personalities Amplify the Divide

Right-wing media figures have further exacerbated the situation by using their platforms to incite anger and call for punitive measures against Democrats, accusing the prosecution of targeting not only the former president but also his supporters.

Steve Bannon, the former Trump campaign manager, articulated this sentiment on his “War Room” podcast. Speaking to his listeners, Bannon emphasized, “It’s not President Trump they’re trying to destroy,” suggesting a broader target. “They’re trying to destroy you,” he asserted during the May 30 episode, aiming to galvanize Trump’s base by portraying the legal actions as an attack on their values and freedoms.

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Similarly, Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, took to X (formerly Twitter) in an outraged response to the verdict. Davis demanded action from Republican lawmakers: “Give me a list of which Democrat officials you’re going to put in prison, or get lost.” He framed the political climate as akin to “nuclear war,” necessitating “mutually assured destruction” as the only viable response.

Auron MacIntyre, a far-right columnist and podcast host, echoed this call for aggressive retaliation. On X, he stated, “You need Republican DAs putting Democrats in jail immediately,” leaving no room for compromise or dialogue. “No excuses, no equivocation If the Dems pay no price for what they’ve done then political opposition in the United States is effectively over,” he added.

Carl Higbie of Newsmax also contributed to the charged rhetoric during an episode of his show “Frontline.” Higbie accused those involved in the prosecution of being “tyrants” and claimed that Democrats, the party he accuses of inciting violence, are pushing the nation to the brink. His words resonated with a common theme among right-wing commentators: “You are pushing people to the edge. The same party that is offended by the wrong pronoun is pushing the party that owns 90% of the guns, of which the majority defends our nation,” implying a significant threat of escalation due to perceived provocations by Democrats.

As Trump faces sentencing scheduled for July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention, the nation remains deeply divided. His conviction has not only sparked a legal battle but has also ignited a broader ideological war, with significant implications for public safety and political discourse.

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The unfolding events highlight a critical moment in American politics, where legal outcomes catalyze intense social reactions and raise questions about the stability of democratic processes and the potential for political violence. The situation underscores the urgent need for tempered dialogue and legal resolutions that reinforce the rule of law while addressing the growing polarization.

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