Donald Trump once infamously said that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody dead and not lose a single voter. Well, according to a new article from The Guardian he wouldn’t even have to do it himself since at least one Trump supporter would shoot his own sister for the president.
The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington spent a week trudging through Trump rallies in numerous states, interviewing the people he met and taking in the toxic, reality-free atmosphere. Not surprisingly, he ran into plenty of frothing lunatics and individuals who seem just one bad day away from shocking violence.
Amidst a sea of raving bigots and absolute fools, 40-year-old small business owner Steve Spaeth stands out in particular. At a rally in Wisconsin, Spaeth said that “hate” is not too strong of a word to use when describing his feelings towards those who disagree with him politically.
“Not at all. I have a deep and absolute disgust for these human beings,” he said, going on to explain that he hates liberals because they want to “turn America into a socialist country.”
From there, Spaeth’s rhetoric entered truly nightmarish territory when Pilkington asked him how far he would be willing to let his hatred push him. Spaeth said that he would be willing to murder his own sister, who is a liberal, if a new civil war were to break out in America, this time between the right and left rather than north and south.
“If there is a civil war in this country and you were on the wrong side. I would have no problem shooting you in the face,” Spaeth told his sister.
Pilkington pushed him on the issue, understandably suspecting that it was simply a joke ore mere hyperbole. Unfortunately, he was underestimating just how deranged some Trump supporters have become, as Spaeth eagerly doubled down on the hypothetical.
“No, I am not. I love my sister, we get on great. But she has to know how passionate I am about our president,” he said.
Even in our increasingly polarized political climate Spaeth’s comments are shockingly unhinged. This man has so prostrated himself at the altar of Trump that he is willing to spill the blood of his own family. The president’s supporters have wrapped up their identities so tightly in the MAGA mindset that one shudders to think how they react when Trump is inevitably booted from the White House. Clearly, some of them are beyond rational discussion and the only way forward is at the ballot box.