Right-wing pastor says Trump supporters will 'hunt down' Democrats when he leaves office

Rick Wiles says 'veterans, cowboys and mountain men' will bring 'violence to America' if the president is impeached

Alex Woodward
New York
Monday 28 October 2019 08:55
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Pastor says Trump supporters will "hunt down" Democrats

President Donald Trump's supporters will "hunt down" Democrats and bring "violence to America" once the president leaves office, according to right-wing Christian pastor and conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles.

On his apocalyptic TruNews programme, captured by Right Wing Watch, Mr 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 Mr Trump's political enemies.

Co-host Edward Szall said "once the blood starts flowing, it's near impossible to stop".

Mr Wiles' threat follows an impeachment probe into the president's possible abuses of power in his dealings with Ukraine, as well as multiple witness testimonies that have contradicted Mr 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".

Forty-seven Republicans currently serve in those investigative committees alongside Democrats.

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 Mr 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?"

On TruNews, Mr Wiles added that "if they get away this, there's no country left. It's done. It's finished."

The comments follow Mr 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 Mr Trump's departure, the country will be "plunged into darkness" which Democrats brought "upon themselves because they won't back off," Mr Wiles said.

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He added: "They won't let the people express their views. They voted for Donald Trump, they wanted Donald Trump, but they said, 'No, you're stupid, you're racist, you're bigots, we're not going to allow your vote to count.' And they've waged war against those people now for three years."

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