Trump’s Rhetoric Fuels ‘Christian Soldier’ For Civil War: ‘Your Skin Color Will Be Your Uniform’
Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the election outcome at Wednesday night’s presidential debate was perhaps the most astonishing of his entire campaign. In fact, some believe Trump’s unprecedented remarks could trigger violence or unrest on Election Day as supporters refuse to accept the results.
Trump’s recent rhetoric about rigged elections is fueling the fantasies of some supporters, who’ve been stockpiling weapons and food as they look forward to what most people would consider a worst-case scenario.
One of those supporters is Jim Moseley, a self-described “Christian soldier” from Greenville, South Carolina, who is buying extra ammunition and canned goods to prepare for what he believes will be a second civil war, reported The Toronto Star.
In a Facebook post, Moseley sent a clear message to his fellow Trump’s supporters: “Liberals will have targets on their backs,” Moseley posted. “Race wars will begin as well, as your skin color will be your uniform!”
“Once the trucks stop rolling, the grocery shelves will go empty and gasoline rationing will go into effect,” Moseley wrote.
It’s evident that, whatever words Trump is using to question the integrity of the election, Moseley and at least some other supporters are interpreting his message as the declaration of a war they’ve been itching to fight.
With the rise of Donald Trump, right-wing militias have come out of the shadows and are using the prospect of a Clinton election win to recruit new members on social media.
Some Republican allies, like party chair Reince Priebus, insisted Trump was simply saying he was not willing to abandon his right to request a recount in a tight race.
But Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican who lost to Barack Obama in 2008, said a concession is a “duty” and “an act of respect for the will of the American people, a respect that is every American leader’s first responsibility.” And experts said Trump had sunken to previously unseen depths.
“His decision to keep us ‘in suspense’ about whether he would recognize a victory by Clinton really takes us to a new low in this presidential campaign. It’s effectively calling into question the sanctity and legitimacy of the United States electoral process,” said Mark P. Jones, a fellow at the Baker Institute at Texas’s Rice University who is involved in the White House Transition Project.
It’s not clear whether any of these “lone-wolf patriots” will act out their violent fantasies — but election officials in some states aren’t taking any chances.
Denver is requiring its 350 election judges to complete active shooter training ahead of the Nov. 8 election, just in case.
Trump’s walk-back Thursday was typically defiant.
First, Trump said, at a rally in Ohio, “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win.”
During the same speech, Trump did at least open the door to a concession saying: “Of course I would accept a clear election result. But I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.”