Dem lawmaker slams Trump for warning of violence if Dems win House: 'Fascism in the flesh'

Dem lawmaker slams Trump for warning of violence if Dems win House: 'Fascism in the flesh'
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Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellOn The Money: GDP expanded 2.1 percent in third quarter | Dems want answers on Japan trade deals | Tax, loan documents for Trump Tower reportedly show inconsistencies Democrats demand answers on Trump trade deals with Japan More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign MORE (D-N.J.) condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE’s warning of possible violence if the Democrats take back the House in the fall, calling it “fascism in the flesh.”

“This is fascism in the flesh. This is the language of a fanatic that could be lifted from a tyrant’s playbook,” Pascrell tweeted Wednesday. “This is not a warning but an incitement. Unless we stand united against it."

The president told evangelical leaders Monday that Democrats will “violently” overturn Republican gains if they win back the lower chamber.

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“They will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently, and violently,” the president said.

“There's violence. When you look at antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people,” he continued.

Some factions of antifa, a loosely organized group of self-described anti-fascists, have condoned violence as an appropriate response to what they consider fascism. Most recently, some antifa members were arrested Saturday when they clashed with police at a “Blue Lives Matter” rally.

Trump and other Republicans have tried to link antifa with liberals as they try to stave off a "blue wave" in November. A RealClearPolitics average of polls currently shows Democrats with a nearly 7-point lead over the GOP on the generic ballot. 

CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday appeared to defend antifa after the president’s comments about the group to evangelical leaders.

“Listen, no organization is perfect. There was some violence. No one condones violence, but there were different reasons for antifa and for these neo-Nazis to be there,” Lemon said. “One, racists, fascists, the other group, fighting racist fascists. There is a distinction there.”

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called Trump’s criticism of antifa an “appeal to racism,” saying the group “is widely perceived as an African-American association.”

“Let's be clear also about what's going on here, the theme here is ‘I'm Donald Trump and I'll protect you from the scary black people,’” Toobin said.