Donald Trump Fans on Social Media: Indictment Could Spark Civil War – Pro-Trump extremists on social media warn that former President Donald Trump’s indictment in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case could spark a second civil war.
MSNBC’s Frank Fugluzzi, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, warned that the indictment could be exploited for violent ends.
Fugluzzi said: “Yeah this is an important issue, in part from a security perspective, Ana, because everybody out there in Trump world is keying off of GOP high profile people. Senators Hawley, Senator Tuberville, Speaker McCarthy and all of the Fox News hosts saying this is nonsense, this is targeted, this is unfair. Yet as you said, we’ve got potentially a number of very serious charges here.
Fugluzzi continued: “Who did he conspire with and are they cooperating? As Joyce said, all of this goes towards this risk-and-threat picture that the FBI, the Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals are going to be assessing, because if indeed GOP high-profile people keep claiming, Trump keeps claiming ‘Unfair, fight back, we’ve lost our democracy,’ all things being said, right, we’re going to see people incited to violence if this doesn’t change.”
High Profile Trump Supporters Warn of Violence
Failed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake vowed violence to protect the former president.
“I have a message for Joe Biden, Merrick Garland, and Jack Smith, and the guys back there in the fake news media, you should listen up as well, this one’s for you: If you wanna get to President Trump, you’re gonna have to go through me, and you’re gonna have to go through 75 million Americans just like me, and I’m gonna tell you, most of us are card-carrying members of the NRA,” Lake said at the Georgia State Republican Convention.
Republican Rep. Clay Higgins tweeted that Trump supporters should be ready.
“President Trump said he has ‘been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM,’” Higgins tweeted. “This is a perimeter probe from the oppressors. Hold. rPOTUS has this. Buckle up. 1/50K know your bridges. Rock steady calm. That is all.”
Many online interpreted Higgins’ call about 1/50K bridges as referring to fighting.
Donald Trump Supporters Warn of Violence on Social Media
A Facebook page called “Knights of the Republic” warned following the indictment, “Greatest act of abuse of power, constitutional usurpation, and tyranny since the American Civil War. This will lead to Civil War.”
Extremists in other holes on the Internet similarly warned of civil war.
“We need to start killing these traitorous f**kstains,” wrote one Trump supporter on The Donald, a rabidly pro-Trump message board that played a key role in planning the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Another user added: “It’s not gonna stop until bodies start stacking up. We are not civilly represented anymore and they’ll come for us next. Some of us, they already have.”
Another user of The Donald called henri_delicte wrote, “What they don’t realize is that if they keep this up, President Trump will be back in the White House because we voted him in. But rather it will be because we shot, stabbed, or hanged anyone who dared oppose us.”
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