Conservative talk radio host and former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh fired off a series of tweets Wednesday night advocating for Republicans to engage in civil disobedience if Donald Trump loses the presidency.
“On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?” wrote Mr. Walsh, host of the “The Joe Walsh Show,” based in Chicago.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Mr. Walsh what exactly that means, to which the former congressman responded: “It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back.”
After another Twitter user joked that Mr. Walsh must get a lot of visits from the Secret Service, the former congressman said, “Nope. They understand that a musket hasn’t been used in battle in almost 200 years.”
“I’m serious. I don’t think a musket would do much good these days, but it’s time for civil disobedience on the right,” he clarified.
It’s not the first time Mr. Walsh has made such a threat online. In July, in the aftermath of the sniper shootings of five police officers in Dallas, he wrote, “This is now war,” and told President Obama and the Black Lives Matter movement that “real America is coming after you.”
He later deleted the tweet and clarified that he would never advocate for violence against the president or anyone.
“There’s a war against our cops in this country, and I think Obama has fed that war and Black Lives Matter has fed that war,” he told the Chicago Tribune at the time. “Obama’s words and the deeds of Black Lives Matter have gotten cops in this country killed.”