Joss Whedon: Trump 'cannot be allowed a term in office'

If you’ve been watching since last Tuesday you’ve probably already noticed that some on the left aren’t coming to terms with Trump’s election very well. In fact, there is a contingent on the left that seems to be spiraling up it’s rhetoric rather than winding it down. Case in point, director Joss Whedon put out this tweet today:


First of all, it must be said that Whedon appears to be serious. After a 16-month absence from Twitter, Whedon returned to the platform back in September to promote a super PAC aimed at encouraging voting. From the LA Times:

“Save the Day.”

It’s the name of a new super PAC spearheaded by the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and fronted by a bunch of Whedon’s famous friends.

The “Save the Day” website describes the organization, saying, “We are a short-form digital production company dedicated to the idea that voting is a necessary and heroic act. That every voice in this wonderfully diverse nation should, and must, be heard. That the only thing that can save democracy is the act that defines it. We are committed to fighting the apathy, cynicism, and honest confusion that keeps citizens from using their vote. And to reminding an increasingly out-of-touch and compromised set of representatives that they are answerable to the people they were hired to serve.”

Since Trump was elected, Whedon has been issuing and RTing tweets comparing him to Hitler:

That sounds like gallows humor to me but then he says things like this which sound more desperate:


Whedon talks about “letting trump” take office as if there is an alternative. Then today the tweet saying he “cannot CANNOT” be allowed a term in office. Whedon makes clear that he’s definitely not talking about waiting for the next election (2018) to stop Trump, i.e. by taking back Congress. The guy who ran “Save the Day” to encourage voting has apparently given up on that. Instead, Whedon is suggesting something must be done “RIGHT NOW.”

What could happen right now to prevent Trump from becoming president? Assassination? A preemptive coup? That’s pretty extreme stuff but what is the alternative interpretation of this?

I think it’s safe to say that if Hillary Clinton had won last week and some celebrity on the right were talking this way, it would be considered a big deal by the media. That person would probably also be suspended from Twitter for what can be interpreted as eliminationist rhetoric.

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Beege Welborn 4:41 PM on September 28, 2023