October 28, 2016

Former controversial Congressman Joe Walsh trued to backtrack off his violent rhetoric of using violence to take back America and told CNN's New Day host Chris Cuomo, "If I wanted people to take up arms, why would I recommend people take up an antique like a musket?”

Cuomo was responding to this Walsh' tweet.

Much of the violent rhetoric extreme right wingers use is based on the Revolutionary War, where muskets were used to overthrow the oppressive English rule.

So when an extremist yells to take arms, he often alludes to that time period.

Walsh continued his bogus defense and said, "I mean, seriously, in 2016 I want people to go out and find a musket, grab their musket? That’s just silly.”

It's not silly, Joe. If you said "I'm grabbing my Uzi," or "I'm grabbing my C4," the authorities would be have already broken down your front door.

Walsh went on and on making the case that his violent tweets were only saying we have to save our freedoms.

Chris Cuomo said, "Words matter, context matters. When you tweeted like the cops being shot..."

He continued, “You say, ‘This is now war, watch out Obama, watch out Black Lives Matter punks, real America’s coming after you.’ You only take this one way — you take it provocatively. Trump is the master of this, and you have to now argue whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. You tell me why it’s good.”

Of course Walsh defended his idiocy and said, "I think it's a good thing, Chris, because people are waking up. These are serious times. You nailed it. This is an ugly, nasty election. But you know what? It should be because things in America right now are ugly and nasty. And we're pissed off, Chris, at Republicans and Democrats."

Serious times are one thing. Using violent words and images to inflame people to take up arms against a government you're fine with unless your candidate isn't elected is the epitome of treason.

And things aren't ugly and nasty in America. There maybe problems, but the ugly and nastiness has been caused by the Trump campaign and his devoted surrogates.

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