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Donald Trump Had the Nerve To Say We Need To Lower the ‘Temperature’ of Political Anger in the Country

Trump supporters carry large flags and yell at a tv news reporter on the street.

Speaking to Fox News this week, Donald Trump had the nerve to try to express concern for the “temperature” of the country, despite being the person to have set everything on fire.

“The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one—years of scams and witch hunts, and now this,” Trump said as if he hasn’t been exploiting, exacerbating, and profiting off of that anger for years.

“If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that,” Trump said. “People are so angry at what is taking place. Whatever we can do to help—because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.”

Amazing that Trump can make an ostensible offer to help also sound like a threat.

Trump’s call to bring down the “temperature” of political anger is stunningly laughable. He built his entire political career on keeping the temperature as high as possible. It was the entire cornerstone—the only stone, really—of his presidency. He ran two whole campaigns on casting Democrats, liberal voters, and the media as the “enemy” to Republicans and the entire country. He’s spent years doing this but his violent rhetoric has gotten a new life since the FBI searched his home last Monday. Over the last week, he’s been reliant as ever on stoking anger and divisiveness.

In this very same interview where he offered to “help,” he also accused the FBI of planting evidence, claiming agents “break in and take whatever they want to take” from his home and that they “could have planted anything they wanted.” Trump’s baseless accusations are undeniably fueling the kind of anger that leads to violent attacks perpetrated by his fans, like the recent attempt to breach the Cincinnati FBI office that left one of his armed supporters dead.

Even Trump’s beloved Fox & Friends is begging him to stop sending his supporters after the FBI.

No one believes Trump is willing to do anything to turn down the “temperature” or even has any interest in that happening to the slightest degree.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.