'Vicious dogs' and 'ominous weapons': The history behind Trump's protest threats - 2020-05-30

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F182.png 'Vicious dogs' and 'ominous weapons': The history behind Trump's protest threats May 30, 2020, Alexander Panetta, CBC News

U.S. President Donald Trump is doubling, tripling and quadrupling down on a bet rooted in history: that when civil-rights protests turn riotous, Americans will favour the iron fist.

His Twitter feed on Saturday again filled with martial language — about using vicious dogs and ominous weapons if protesters storm the White House; the need for strength and old-style generals; and protesters being screaming ranters whom he tacitly encouraged his own supporters to confront.

Commentators have drawn parallels to the 1968 law-and-order message of Richard Nixon, whom Trump's own former campaign manager called an inspiration.

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