Evangelical Pastor Threatens ‘Violence To America’ By Hunting Down Democrats If Trump Is Impeached
Right-wing pastor Rick Wiles has warned that Donald Trump supporters will bring “violence to America” by “hunting down” Democrats if the president is impeached.
On his apocalyptic TruNews talk show, Wiles said the president’s impeachment or “however he leaves” office will inspire “veterans, cowboys, mountain men” and “guys that know how to fight” to bring “violence to America” by hunting down Trump’s political enemies.
Co-host Edward Szall said “once the blood starts flowing, it’s near impossible to stop”.
The comments follow Wiles’ legacy of far-right conspiracy, anti-semitism and discrimination against LGBT people, from calling former President Barack Obama a “demon from hell” to calling Jews the “antichrist” and suggesting that 2017’s devastating floods in Houston, Texas were God’s punishment for the city’s LGBT population.
In 2018, Mr Wiles predicted that a “leftist mob” led by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow would decapitate Mr Trump and his family on the White House lawn.
Following Trump’s departure, the country will be “plunged into darkness” which Democrats brought “upon themselves because they won’t back off,” Wiles said.
Meanwhile, moments before a World Series game was set to begin, a longtime Major League Baseball umpire threatened to buy an AR-15 and join a civil war if Trump is impeached. Rob Drake wrote his threat on Twitter, then deleted it.
“I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL (sic) WAR!!! #MAGA2020,” he wrote. “You can’t do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital(sic) Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?”
The threats of violence come amid the impeachment probe into the president’s abuses of power in his dealings with Ukraine, as well as multiple witness testimonies that have contradicted Trump’s denial of wrongdoing.
The impeachment investigation has ignited a firestorm of protest among Republicans, who stormed into a committee hearing on Wednesday to demand that the impeachment process be “public” despite the fact that 47 Republicans currently serve in those investigative committees alongside Democrats.