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Trump supporters call for MURDER in echoes of the Capitol riot after ex-President is found guilty of all 34 charges in hush money trial, as his backers say ‘bad stuff happens to judges in their driveways’

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Chilling posts from Donald Trump‘s supporters calling for murder last night stoked fears of violence in the wake of his criminal conviction.

In an echo of the January 2021 insurrection, which saw supporters of the former President march on the Capitol, one online message called for armed activists to ‘go to Washington and hang everyone’.

Other Trump supporters said it was ‘time to start capping [shooting] some Lefties’ and suggested that ‘somebody should take care of’ the judge who presided over the case.

In a stark warning, veteran pollster Frank Luntz said that in 35 years he had never seen the country so ‘polarised and so toxic’. 

He told Sky News: ‘All this has done is divided America even further.

Chilling posts from Donald Trump 's supporters calling for murder last night stoked fears of violence in the wake of his criminal conviction

Chilling posts from Donald Trump ‘s supporters calling for murder last night stoked fears of violence in the wake of his criminal conviction

Supporters raise Trump-themed flags across the street from Trump Tower today

Supporters raise Trump-themed flags across the street from Trump Tower today 

Protesters hold placards outside Trump Tower in New York City, on May 31

Protesters hold placards outside Trump Tower in New York City, on May 31

Trump (pictured during his his criminal trial at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 30, 2024) was found guilty of 34 felony charges in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels who had alleged the two had sex

Trump (pictured during his his criminal trial at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 30, 2024) was found guilty of 34 felony charges in a scheme to illegally influence the 2016 election through a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels who had alleged the two had sex

Donald Trump, pictured in a courtroom sketch, reacts as the verdict is read in his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, at Manhattan state court in New York City on May 30, 2024

Donald Trump, pictured in a courtroom sketch, reacts as the verdict is read in his criminal trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, at Manhattan state court in New York City on May 30, 2024

In an echo of the January 2021 insurrection (pictured), one online message called for armed activists to 'go to Washington and hang everyone'

In an echo of the January 2021 insurrection (pictured), one online message called for armed activists to ‘go to Washington and hang everyone’

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021

During the Capitol riots, supporters of the former President march on the Capitol

During the Capitol riots, supporters of the former President march on the Capitol

‘We see no evidence in the focus groups that people are moving away from Donald Trump, no evidence they have moved towards him.’

Mr Luntz warned that undecided voters did not believe the former President should be given a custodial sentence, adding that some feared it would turn him into a ‘martyr’. 

He added: ‘They’re afraid there will be riots in the street, there is real concern this case could bring a level of violence that we haven’t seen ever in American democracy’.

Trump has been priming his supporters to reject the verdict since the beginning of the trial, which he has labelled ‘rigged’ and part of a ‘witch-hunt’ against him.

But the fury after the guilty verdict on Thursday shocked analysts who monitor far-Right websites. 

They were alarmed by posts on Trump’s own Truth Social platform and two other websites which backed him: Patriots.Win and the Gateway Pundit.

One said: ‘Bad stuff happens to judges in their driveways.’

On messaging app Telegram, a user said that ‘all involved’ should be hanged and called for a military tribunal for the judge and prosecutors. 

Donald Trump, far left, watches watches as jury foreperson #1 delivers guilty verdicts with judge Juan Merchan listening on the bench in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday

Donald Trump, far left, watches watches as jury foreperson #1 delivers guilty verdicts with judge Juan Merchan listening on the bench in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday

Trump's supporters gathered outside Trump Tower before the former president and Republican presidential candidate held a press conference after being found guilty over hush-money charges

Trump’s supporters gathered outside Trump Tower before the former president and Republican presidential candidate held a press conference after being found guilty over hush-money charges

Donald Trump (pictured at Trump Tower today) spoke to reporters at his namesake tower in Manhattan on Friday, vowing to appeal the 'scam' guilty verdict in his hush money trial and launched attacks at Joe Biden for the 'rigged' case

Donald Trump (pictured at Trump Tower today) spoke to reporters at his namesake tower in Manhattan on Friday, vowing to appeal the ‘scam’ guilty verdict in his hush money trial and launched attacks at Joe Biden for the ‘rigged’ case

Former President Donald Trump complained about the unfairness of the hush money case from Trump Tower earlier Friday

Former President Donald Trump complained about the unfairness of the hush money case from Trump Tower earlier Friday 

A supporter of Donald Trump waits outside Manhattan Criminal Court for his motorcade to pass after the guilty verdict announced against the former president on Thursday, May 30, 2024

A supporter of Donald Trump waits outside Manhattan Criminal Court for his motorcade to pass after the guilty verdict announced against the former president on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Supporters of President Joe Biden demonstrate outside Trump Tower on Friday, May 31, 2024

Supporters of President Joe Biden demonstrate outside Trump Tower on Friday, May 31, 2024

On Patriots.Win, a user wrote: ‘Someone in NY with nothing to lose needs to take care of (Judge Juan) Merchan. Hopefully he gets met with illegals (migrants) with a machete.’

Another user said: ‘Trump should already know he has an army willing to fight and die for him if he says the words… I’ll take up arms if he asks.’ 

Jacob Ware, a co-author of the book, God, Guns, and Sedition: Far-Right Terrorism in America, said the violent language used by Trump’s followers was testament to the former President’s ‘iron-clad ability to mobilise more extreme supporters to action, both at the ballot box and through violence’.

A snap poll by YouGov after the verdict found that 50 per cent of Americans agreed with the verdict, 30 per cent disagreed and 19 per cent were not sure.

But the results went sharply on party lines, with 86 per cent of Democrats believing Trump was guilty, compared to just 15 per cent of Republicans.

On Capitol Hill, the reaction from Democrats was muted and anxious. Bianca Balint, a Democrat from Vermont, said: ‘I know many of us are concerned about the possibility of violence… We’d be foolish not to worry.’

Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower on May 31, 2024 in New York City

Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower on May 31, 2024 in New York City

A supporter of former President Donald Trump waves an inverted American flag during a demonstration outside Trump Tower on Friday, May 31, 2024

A supporter of former President Donald Trump waves an inverted American flag during a demonstration outside Trump Tower on Friday, May 31, 2024

Protesters hold placards outside Trump Tower in New York City, on May 31, 2024 before former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a press conference

Protesters hold placards outside Trump Tower in New York City, on May 31, 2024 before former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a press conference

Trump supporters outside Trump Tower wave a banner supporting his 2024 White House bid

Trump supporters outside Trump Tower wave a banner supporting his 2024 White House bid

But many Republican lawmakers sided with the man who seems set to lead their party into the next presidential election.

Mike Johnson, the House Speaker, said: ‘This is a purely political exercise. The people know this is wrong and the people are outraged.’

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, said the verdict would be overturned on appeal.



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