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A Warning? Or a Threat?


When a Trump adviser tells our elected representatives they would endanger their lives if they vote to impeach the president, you have to wonder what’s happening in America. To me, this smells like the kind of extortion tactic used by mobsters.

Here’s the headline of a news story I read this morning:

Trump adviser Roger Stone warns any politician who votes to impeach him would ‘endanger their own life’

I thought that in the United States of America, political power is determined at the ballot box, not by threats of violence.

I guess I was misled.

Stone (accompanying photo) warns that an impeachment attempt would trigger “an insurrection like you’ve never seen.” And I fear he could be right.  Trump’s white-power allies are already using violence against opposing protesters.

But this is the first I’ve heard of a direct threat against anyone’s life.

Stone is quoted as saying:

Try to impeach him, just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen. The people will not stand for impeachment. A politician that votes for it would be endangering their own life.

Dos he mean the politician might be killed in the insurrection? I don’t think so. That could be said of any of us. We are all in danger during an insurrection. I think Stone is threatening the members of Congress, telling them they would be personally targeted.

Stone’s threat signals a new low in US politics. Trump deals in threats all the time. But I haven’t heard of him actually threatening anyone’s life.

What happens next? A racehorse’s severed head on some politician’s bed?

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I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for