Longtime Democrat strategist James Carville casually used the term “wetwork,” a euphemism for assassination or “spilling blood,” to refer to his party’s line of attack against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump during a Thursday appearance on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“President Biden is not the best attack politician I’ve seen in my life, and I’ll leave it at that,” Carville began. “But there are a lot of people to do what I call the quote wetwork unquote.” When host Anderson Cooper asked about the term, saying it sounded like mafia lingo, Carville said it derived from the CIA: “You take a guy out.”

Cooper allowed him to continue unquestioned.

“[Biden] doesn’t need to do the wetwork. People like me and other groups in the party need to do that. He’s not very good at it, I don’t think people wanna hear from [him about] that, and he can, you know, cruise along at a better altitude. But this has gotta be done and they gotta press his advantage right now.”

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They had been discussing Biden’s verbal assault on Trump at a recent speech. Cooper segued into the topic by calling Carville “a proponent of the president and all his spokespeople in the campaign doing that more and more.”

This is the latest example of an increasingly worrisome trend among the media class: to fantasize about the assassination of Trump in order to prevent his alleged dictatorship. Robert Kagan, the husband of former Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, wrote a piece in The Washington Post titled “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.”

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“Indicting Trump for trying to overthrow the government will prove akin to indicting Caesar for crossing the Rubicon, and just as effective,” he wrote. “Like Caesar, Trump wields a clout that transcends the laws and institutions of government, based on the unswerving personal loyalty of his army of followers.” Julius Caesar was also assassinated by the Senate in the name of preserving the Roman Republic. It would follow from Kagan’s implications that if a legal indictment won’t stop the rise of this new “dictator,” murder will.

Likewise, the entire editorial staff of The Atlantic wrote a series of articles warning about the alleged threat to democracy that a second Trump presidency will pose, with each of its main writers contributing a piece on a specific topic such as autocracy, extremism, and disinformation. Rep. Liz Cheney wrote an entire book about the possibility of Trump becoming a dictator after the 2024 election. Additionally, The New York Times, The Guardian, and CNN all published pieces claiming a second Trump term will be more radical, dictatorial, autocratic, and so on. Many other outlets have published similar pieces.

Last weekend, the mainstream media seized upon Trump’s use of the term “bloodbath” during a speech about Chinese and Mexican auto factories decimating American manufacturing, isolating it from the context and using it as proof that Trump is calling on his supporters to commit violence if he does not win the election in November. Some persisted in their misinterpretation even after they were corrected, with MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough saying “It’s just bullshit. He knew what he was doing, we’re not stupid, Americans aren’t stupid. He was talking about… a bloodbath! Sometimes a bloodbath means a bloodbath!”

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics, economics, and culture for Valuetainment. Follow Shane on X (Twitter).

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