Daily Beast Editor Calls For “Humiliation” and “Incarceration” For Trump Supporters

We have been discussing the rising threats against Trump supporters, lawyers, and officials in recent weeks from Democratic members are calling for blacklists to the Lincoln Project leading a a national effort to harass and abuse any lawyers representing the Republican party or President Trump. Others are calling for banning those “complicit” from college campuses while still others are demanding a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to “hold Trump and his enablers accountable for the crimes they have committed.” Now, Daily Beast editor-at-large Rick Wilson has added his own call for “humiliation,” “incarceration” and even ritualistic suicides for Trump supporters in an unhinged, vulgar column. Wilson declared “[o]nly exposure, pain, humiliation, and (inshallah) incarceration will lead to a moment of reckoning for the GOP.”

 Not surprisingly, Wilson is a key advisor to the Lincoln Project which was blocked recently on Twitter for abusive doxxing efforts directed at Republican lawyers.  His column captures the level of hateful rhetoric fueled by the Lincoln Project, which is funded by thousands of lawyers despite its attacks on fellow members of the bar for their representation.

“Remember, the Trump GOP is shorn of all ideological and philosophical pretense, and even when Trump leaves office, it’s not over. ‘His cultists’ reign of terror will shape elected GOP members as long as he and his foul spawn walk the earth unpunished. Only exposure, pain, humiliation, and (inshallah) incarceration will lead to a moment of reckoning for the GOP. It should start at the top and work down from there.”

Wilson notes that he is not interested in the “reconciliation” part of “truth and reconciliation,” declaring a “hearty f— no” to people calling for reconciliation. Inside he called for the “motherf—ers” to consider “seppuku.”

Just as I recently criticized Trump counsel Joe diGenova for his rhetoric about drawing and quartering Chris Krebs, I will assume that Wilson is not seriously calling for ritualistic suicides.  However, he is clearly calling for retaliation against Trump supporters as the Lincoln Project has carried out in its campaign.

Others like Elie Mystal, The Nation’s justice correspondent, have called for a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” to investigate “[a]ll of these moral and ethical failures … and that’s before we get into the actual statutory crimes potentially committed by Trump, his administration, his enablers, and his family.”

The call for a commission to establish the truth of past controversies is ironic given Mystal’s abuse of teenager Nicholas Sandmann.  We previously discussed the case and the example of one such segment involving “Above the Law” writer Joe Patrice in his interview with Mystal, where he attacked this 16 year old boy as a racist.  Patrice agreed with Mystal’s objections to Sandmann wearing his “racist [MAGA] hat.” They also objected to Sandmann doing interviews trying to defend himself with Mystal deriding how this “17-year-old kid makes the George Zimmerman defense for why he was allowed to deny access to a person of color.” Putting aside the fact that Sandmann was not denying “access to a person of color,”  Mystal and Patrice were comparing this high school student to a man who was accused of murdering an unarmed African American kid and even assailing his effort to clear his name as the media continued to label him a racist. Mystal continued to slam Sandmann in postings on “Above the Law.”  In one such posting, Mystal derided Sandmann for filing for defamation. Various media outfits later apologized or settled with Sandmann for their false reporting.

What is most striking about these views is how disconnected they are to the actual election.  Instead a “blue wave” and the widely predicted Democratic takeover of both houses, Republicans picked up a sizable number of seats in the House where Democrats have been reduced to the thinnest margin since World War II. The Republicans may retain the Senate and won handily in many state races across the country. Roughly 74 million people voted for Trump. I was not one of them, but that is roughly half of this nation. Yet, these writers continue to write as if the nation is now unified in rejecting the policies and priorities of the Trump Administration. It is the distortive effect of existing entirely in siloed media spaces where an alternative reality can be maintained and fostered.

My greatest concern is how the media remain detached not only from roughly half of the country but from reality. It has decided that it will cater to literally one half of the country and foster openly biased narratives of what is still unfolding in this country. As I previously discussed, the loss is considerable since the public now has a deep and widening distrust for the media.  The result is that our media is no longer viewed as a place for citizens to resolve questions over things like contested elections. There is only rage where reason once prevailed.

279 thoughts on “Daily Beast Editor Calls For “Humiliation” and “Incarceration” For Trump Supporters”

  1. Many on the left are calling for a purge of those that disagree.

    Sounds like the Soviet Union under Stalin, China under Mao, Cambodia under Pol Pot.

    The left has defined itself. Their Brown and Black shirts are in the streets calling for exterminations.

    1. Indeed, we need a purge of the billionaire globalist enemies of the people. Geo Soros, Zuck, Bezos, and Bloomberg at top of the list.

      I am not the only one “on the right” who has studied Mao and “Pol Pot” and the lessons are clear. In a civil war you must destroy your enemies in order to survive

      Billionaires are the enemy of the American people. the good news is there is only about 700 of them. The bad news is they have millions of mercenaries protecting them.

      -Saloth Sar

      1. One of the Billionaires is Donald Trump. Can we get rid of that “enemy of the American people” first?

    2. “The left has defined itself. Their Brown and Black shirts are in the streets calling for exterminations.” -Anonymous/Allan @ 10:15 AM

      Allan defines himself with these kinds of divisive, baseless comments.

      1. I think I will waste two minutes of my time on one of the dumbest people I have ever listened to. You can say I am Alan or anyone else that you can think of but think of what the individual who wrote the 10:15 post said:

        “The left has defined itself. Their Brown and Black shirts are in the streets calling for exterminations.”

        I took a look at that sentence and reread Turley’s piece quoting tidbits from it at the end of this one. It is clear that statement was replying to the words of people out to harm Trump supporters.

        The Brown and Black shirts started out breaking windows and then they ended up exterminating 6 million Jews and millions of others. You are too dumb to note the similarity in verbiage. I can’t help that. But I think a lot of people reading this will recognize you to be a fool.

        From the column written by Turley:
        ” Rick Wilson has added his own call for “humiliation,” “incarceration” and even ritualistic suicides for Trump supporters in an unhinged, vulgar column”

        “Only exposure, pain, humiliation, and (inshallah) incarceration will lead to a moment of reckoning for the GOP. “

        Inside he called for the “motherf—ers” to consider “seppuku.”

        There is no need for further discussion because your absolute ignorance cannot be missed. Now you can continue spinning your wheels in an attempt to state which posters are or were Alan. That, knowing that this is a legal blog, denotes your level of intelligence and your level in a social atmosphere; very low.

          1. Allan’s a hypocrite, among other things.

            CTHD is right about him: In the main, he’s a troll who tries to diminish anyone who is “on the left.”

            He’s another bully, like his hero DJT.

            He’s been hiding, since the election, using “Anonymous” and other user names.

          2. Anonymous, you are deluding yourself and in the process proving that what Alan said was correct. He would likely thank you for that.

            The only thing you have done is added an additional fringe group with little to no power that you feel should be looked at in the same fashion. You are comparing a Howitzer to a pea shooter.

            What you haven’t done is climbed out of the hole you dug which made you look foolish. This seems to have happened because in your mind, if you dislike a person they must be wrong. Therefore you take the contrary position, but since the other is right you automatically are wrong.

            I don’t think anything more need be said since further discussion only makes you look more silly.

  2. “Only exposure, pain, humiliation, and (inshallah) incarceration will lead to a moment of reckoning for the GOP.”

    Political “crimes” invoking the will of God — that never ends well.

  3. You have this post tagged as “Bizarre”. Unfortunately this type of thinking is quite commonplace now so I petition that tag be removed.

  4. Wilson and the Truth and Reconciliation crowd should consider how many legally owned firearms there are in the United States and who owns them.

    1. FBI statistics for November: 186,000 new gun registrations. Of the 74 million voters for Trump, how many households are multiple gun owners?

    2. Oh, they do and it’s part of their grand plan to dismantle the 2nd Amendment. Wilson would probably love to be the martyr in an event that led to the confiscation of everyone’s (previously) “legally owned firearms”.

  5. I missed your column about Joseph DIGenova. can’t find it on the website here. You did, however, have a column defending Trump attorneys such as DIGenova. I think DIGenova should be disbarred.

  6. Agreed with you on the heated rhetoric, JT, whether it be from Wilson or Digenova…

    And I’ve come to recognize your tendency to drag people who’ve disagreed with you publicly with tangentially related columns. Being a surrogate and pundit is a high ego game for sure so it’s all part of the play I suppose.

    Truth is, I find Wilson funny. He’s not afraid to point out the absurdity of a party giving itself over to the likes of Q anon and to mercilessly engage with the party on that level with scathing dark humor.

    Digenova isn’t joking, though. He’s parading his mental illness in a way similar to many trump supporters. Wilson and Digenova are playing two different sides, probably not the most accurate thing to lump them together.

    And I really want to believe you didn’t vote for trump, Turley.

  7. Guilty of practicing Intellectual Honesty, prof. Even Noah Feldman is capable of such at times. When the Revolution comes, the defenders of free speech will be the first dragged out, even before the Trump proles.

  8. The “crazies” on the right are the President of the US, Fox hosts, and right wing radio jocks like Rush, Levin, etc, all of whom have 24/7 megaphones which they are not shy about using and which they have had for decades.

  9. Turley: “As I previously discussed, the loss is considerable since the public now has a deep and widening distrust for the media. The result is that our media is no longer viewed as a place for citizens to resolve questions over things like contested elections. There is only rage where reason once prevailed.”

    You think Trumpism had anything to do with that state of affairs? Cries of “Fake News” and “Enemy of the people” ring a bell? So, what is your solution? Fox News? Newsmax? OAN? Infowars? Tell us Turley!

    1. All true Jeffery. A few things in that Turley quote:

      1. This is not a “contested election”. This was an ass kicking where the kickee is screaming and whimpering and trading his dignity for one last profit opportunity before getting the bum’s rush from the People’s House.
      2. “Rage” is what Fox hosts – where Turley eagerly appears – sell every night , and which Trump has been selling for 4+ years, complete with publicizing every crackpot conspiracy he could find. Thank God we’ll soon have a boring WH again.
      3. Trump asked his AG to arrest his presidential opponent and the previous President deep into the campaign and Turley’s response was ………………. we’re still waiting.

      Turley is a phony, hypocritically selling that which he denounces regularly.

          1. He co-opted the term and used it against them. I have no idea if Trump came up with that idea, or one of his advisors. But it was a very clever strategy.

            But I’m glad that you’ve admitted that the “fake news” mantra was started by the Washington Post.

            You should inform Joe and Jeffrey of that fact.

  10. JT, when you refer to the “media,” does that include your employer Fox News? You never subject Fox News by name to ANY criticism that I can recollect. Why is that? You have no objection to Hannity presenting last night the inane conspiracy theories of Sidney Powell? You suppose your Fox blind spot is going unnoticed? You think that you will escape the ignominy of contributing to Fox News? I wouldn’t bet on it.

    1. Jeffery, Turley falsely argues for distrusting the “media” – which having seen the Steele Dossier in Sept 2016 did not report it, but when similarly shown the Hunter laptop “scandal” this year was somehow acting in a partisan manner according to him – as his handlers in the Trump camp and Fox sell constantly, and without a word about the biggest polluters of the national dialogue – Trump and the Fox shows he happily guests on.

      Turley has no credibility on his biggest “issue”.

      1. You continually complain that the professor doesn’t engage in dishonest reframing and doesn’t talk about some ancillary matter you want discussed. Get your own blog.

      1. Monument,
        Ugly mouth? Moi? Excuse me for the micro aggression, Snowflake. This forum is not a safe zone.

      2. If you said the same thing to people like mespo and Allan, people might give your criticism a little more weight.

        Their mouths spout a lot more ugly words than Silberman.

    2. Hannity presenting last night the inane conspiracy theories of Sidney Powell?

      Can you prove Powell was wrong?

  11. I’d say this is the Democratic Party, but Rick Wilson made his living in a grift called ‘political consulting’ and worked the Republican side of the street.

    That the Daily Beast published it is another indication (in case you needed one) of what’s left of the media and of the nexus of subcultures of which the media is one component. The question is, what can normal human beings do to defend themselves against this crew?

  12. These activists are openly calling for political prosecution of 74 million Americans. What laws can prevent it?

  13. Do you now or have you ever supported this President? Do you now or have you ever considered the Trump administration anything less than a criminal enterprise? Do you now or have you ever disagreed with Rick Wilson or the Daily Beast? If they make any lists of this nature, whether it’s about supporting Trump, Biden, or some other political opinion I may have, put my name towards the top … as an enemy of lists like these.

  14. It is obvious that they are attempting to employ the best defense, is a good offense, strategy in a feeble attempt to provide cover for the incredibly obvious election fraud.

    Which is always a sure sign that you know that your defense is very weak.

    Rick Wilson’s column reads like a prime example of “A guilty dog always barks first and loudest”.

    It is going to be a very interesting December.

  15. Both sides produce crazies, but the crazies on the left seem to have more access to the media (or are the media).

    The crazies on the right are soon shut down by social media and only reach a fringe readership.

    There are a number of crazies who post here who take great delight in insulting our host and making strident (and unhinged/untruthful) statements.

    Even in this little slice of America, you can see the contempt and hatred.

    Sad; we are going down a road that is hard to come back from.

    1. The ‘crazies on the right’ are people you’d never have heard of if the media weren’t scrounging for them and promoting them for their own propagandistic purposes. See Fred Phelps and Richard Spencer. The ‘crazies on the left’ work in a our cultural control centers, who are nothing if not deferential to their whims.

      1. The “crazies” on the right are the President of the US, Fox hosts, and right wing radio jocks like Rush, Levin, etc, all of whom have 24/7 megaphones which they are not shy about using and which they have had for decades.

      2. Art, what makes you think Richard Spencer is on the right side of the political spectrum. His views such as socialized medicine and other core programs of the left would point to him as one on the left side of the spectrum.

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