On Trump, Impeachment, and the Threat of Violence: For NBC

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As we careen into impeachment autumn, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1933 Inaugural words, "The only thing we have to fear is... fear itself" should be uppermost in the minds of the 55 percent majority of Americans who polls indicate believe President Donald Trump should be impeached.

Trump's campaign rallies and the violent messaging of his supporters have often inspired fear. The whiff of jackboots has been enough to send a good portion of us reaching for the smelling salts. The man accused of killing 22 people in El Paso, Texas, used the same anti-immigrant rhetoric Trump has used in the past. More recently, lawyers for the whistleblower at the center of Trump's Ukraine scandal claimed the president's commentary and threats have endangered their client's safety.

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