Former congressman Joe Walsh appeared to call for an armed conflict on Wednesday while voicing his support for Republican nominee Donald Trump. The conservative talk radio host warned he would be getting his "musket" if Trump was not elected president on 8 November (2016).
"On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On 9 November, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?" Walsh tweeted. When asked to clarify by CNN's Jake Tapper on Twitter, the former Tea Party congressman replied: "It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back."
The comments were not the first time Walsh has attempted to incite violence on Twitter.
Following the fatal shootings of the Dallas police department in July 2016, Walsh tweeted: "3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you."
Walsh later said he deleted the tweet because Twitter had shut down his account. He maintained his tweet did not try to incite violence against the president, the New York Daily News reported.
Remarks warning of a revolution if Trump loses is hardly new. The GOP nominee has said he will only accept the election's results if he is declared the winner. In the past few weeks, Trump has claimed that the election has been rigged against him by the media.
In return, Trump's supporters have lashed out at the media by hurling insults and creating a list of reporters they claim are "thwarting American democracy and freedom". Trump's supporters have also threatened to assassinate Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, if she wins the election.