Trump campaign adviser threatened with ‘bullet hole through his chest’ after segment on Fox News

(Screenshot from Fox News)

***This story has been updated to add a response from Steve Brown.

Politics in the United States appears to be falling off its axis in the wake of a pair of shootings over the weekend.

Steven Rogers, a New Jersey adviser for President Trump’s 2020 campaign, said he has been threatened by a man who said he could be shot “with a bullet hole through his chest.”

The threat coming after Rogers, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer who has 38 years of experience in law enforcement, including being a former FBI terrorist task force member, appeared Saturday night on Fox News to discuss the shooting in El Paso, Texas, which left 20 people dead.

Rogers, reportedly informed the FBI and Secret Service of the threat that was posted to Facebook on Sunday by an account registered to Steve Brown, who lives in California.

Taking exception to Rogers’ stance on gun control, the post was shared on the Nutley Community page. Nutley is the New Jersey township where Rogers lives, according to the Washington Examiner.

Brown noted that his daughter and son-in-law live there, as well.

“He is wrong in believing gun control is not part of the solution,” he said of Rogers. “Reinstate the national assault weapons ban, put in place universal background checks, and close the various loopholes for gun purchases without background checks, and that will help. Go after the small percentage of gun stores and sellers who funnel weapons to criminals and shut them down.”

“Rogers should know by now that he and his family and friends are not immune to this violence. We’re not ‘crying’ gun control. We’re demanding it,” the post went on to say. “The next time he goes to Walmart, he could wind up in the aisle crying with a bullet hole through his chest. That’s our reality now. We’re all just waiting our turn.”

 

While Brown was adamant that his remarks were not a threat, Rogers certainly saw it that way, saying that “this could be a trigger, what he wrote. ‘Maybe this guy Rogers should be shot.’ This is serious,” the Examiner reported.

“I always say, ‘If you see something, say something.’ Well now I decided to say something,” he added.

Rogers went so far as to stress, “This is not an overreaction. This is a real concern.”

In a letter to the Examiner that Brown shared with BizPac Review, he said Rogers “decided to take my comments clearly out of context to make himself a potential victim.”

He accused Rogers of “purposefully misusing my comments… as a way to bring attention to himself.”

Brown’s Facebook profile identifies him as a “journalist,” and his page shows he is a rabid critic of President Trump, the Republican Party and the NRA. He buys into the the left-wing narrative of white supremacy terrorism … which would make him a typical Democrat, though his party status is unknown.

As for Rogers’ take on gun control, he tweeted about the topic on Sunday.

“To those crying gun control. Gun control is not the solution. We need real criminal justice reform, enhanced mental health treatment, a return to Community Policing, to start. Time to stop politicizing this and start implementing (not talking about) real solutions,” he said.

In his appearance on Fox News, Rogers spoke in support of President Donald Trump.

“People need to hear from their leaders words of reassurance and President Trump provided that in his first statement,” Rogers said. “He brought condolences and reassurance to the people of this country, and in particular El Paso, that they’re going to everything they could to help the people in that area.”

Check out Rogers’ appearance below:


Source: Fox News

Rogers has also taken to Twitter to support Trump’s Monday press conference on mass shootings, as well as to encourage people to step up if they see signs that someone may be a future mass shooter.

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