Donald Trump's implicit threat of violence is a signal to his supporters
Donald Trump implying violence if he does not get the nomination is a marketing tool intended to force conflict averse Americans to support him. It is a tactic that works all over the world.
Chris Cuomo asked Donald Trump what was his plan to bring people together. Cuomo reminded Trump that many did not want him to have the nomination.
"Chris I think there is a natural healing process," Trump said. "Once the battle is over, once the war is over, I think there is a natural healing process. And I have gotten along with people all my life. This is actually a little bit unusual. I've gotten along very well with people. And I think it will happen again. And I believe it will. Now if it doesn't, it doesn't. I will go along the same path which has obviously been an effective path. I think we will win before getting to the convention. But I can tell you if we didn't and if we are twenty votes short or if we were a hundred short, and we are at eleven hundred and somebody else is at five hundred or four hundred, we are way ahead of everybody, I don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically. I think you would have riots. I think you would have riots."
Later on, Trump brought up the prospect of violence again. He said millions voted for him.
"If you disenfranchise those people," Trump said. "And you say well I am sorry, you are a hundred votes short even though the next one is five hundred votes short, I think you would have problems like you have never seen before. I think bad things would happen. I believe that. I wouldn't lead it. But I think bad things would happen."
Is there any doubt what Trump is doing. His minions will start voicing those threats throughout the nation. The Trump toxicity to the body politic could be disastrous to our democracy. He is the reflection of what the Republican Right has become.