In speeches and interviews over several weeks, President Joe Biden has attacked Trump voters as “extremists” and “semi-fascists.” Over the weekend, a 41-year old North Dakota man drove down and killed an 18-year old man over politics.
Court documents say at 2:35 Sunday morning, 41-year-old Shannon Brandt called 911 to report that he had hit a pedestrian because he was threatening him. Brandt told State Radio that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group and that he was afraid they were “coming to get him.” The pedestrian has been identified in a GoFundMe page as 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson.
But the victim’s mother said her son called her twice before he was murdered:
Court documents say just before the crash, Ellingson called his mom and asked if they knew who Brandt was. She said yes, and told her son she was on her way to pick him up. A short time later, court documents say Ellingson called his mom again to say that “he” or “they” were chasing him. It was after the second call that Ellingson could not be reached again.
Under the currently-employed standard of “Political Rhetoric Inspires Violence,” the President (and all Democrats) need to be asked whether they are culpable in this attack for “dehumanizing” political opponents.