Democrat calls C-SPAN, threatens ‘a lot of bloodshed’ to Trump supporters and federal agents

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Comments from a caller on a C-SPAN program created controversy as listeners debated whether he threatened federal agents and Trump supporters.

The Democrat identified as “John” caused an alarm when he said on a call in to the “Washington Journal” program Sunday that “there’s gonna be a lot of bloodshed” when federal troops come in to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


(Source: C-SPAN)

“This morning a Trump supporter was killed. Was shot and killed in a drive-by in Milwaukee. I don’t know if you got that news,” the caller said, referring to the murder of black Republican Bernell Trammell in Milwaukee last week.

“But the people in Milwaukee are waiting for those troops to come in because they got weapons and there’s gonna be a lot of bloodshed when they come. So that’s all I got to say,” he added.

President Donald Trump has ordered federal law enforcement officers to the city as part of Operation Legend, though Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett quickly decried the mover, saying federal agents “are not welcome here.” Gov. Tony Evers agreed and criticized the “excessive and unwelcome federal law enforcement presence” in a letter to the president.

But the C-SPAN caller’s comments about impending bloodshed created its own controversy as host Jesse Holland moved past the eyebrow-raising remark during the call-in segment. But Republican political strategist Boris Epshteyn, who was on the program, was clearly disturbed by the caller’s words.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” the former special assistant to Trump asked. “Now you have people on your air threatening our lives, is that what it is, Jesse?”

“Let’s keep going to Chris, who’s calling from Oceanside…” Holland went on without responding to his guest.

“I don’t think we should…I mean, you just had a caller call in and say that they’re gonna, that shooting Trump supporters is right,” Epshteyn said.

“I mean, anybody’s who’s a Democrat or Independent should listen to what that gentleman just said and realize where the Democrats are in this country,” he added. “They’re threatening our lives. It is disgusting, it’s despicable and it’s criminal.”

Epshteyn added that the comments “sounded like a threat against the president and his campaign” and hoped the Secret Service would be investigating. He later tweeted a video of the segment, noting in the caption that it was “scary” and that the call from “John from Wisconsin,” referenced “weapons,” “bloodshed,” and “a murder of a ⁦@realDonaldTrump supporter.”

Twitter users slammed the caller and the C-SPAN host for not addressing the comments.

However, some Twitter users hit the brakes on the reactions, giving a different perspective of the call.

Milwaukee police last week declined the deployment of federal agents to help them quell violence in the city.

“The Milwaukee Police Department is aware of the deployment of federal agents to other cities for the purpose of providing support to those local law enforcement agencies as they address the civil unrest that occur in their communities,” the department said in a statement. “The Milwaukee Police Department has not requested federal agents and respectfully declines the deployment of federal agents in Milwaukee for that purpose.”

But outrage over the shooting death of Trammell, a 60-year-old street preacher who had just done an interview supporting Trump hours before he was gunned down, led many on social media to decry the threats and violence the C-SPAN caller seemed to be alluding to.

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