An ominous Facebook post is making the rounds on social media this weekend, and it’s a stark reminder that the fanaticism that Trump has stoked-up among his followers isn’t simply for show. It portends potentially deadly consequences, and it can’t be dismissed as mere rhetoric.
Craig “Sawman” Sawyer describes himself as a “Navy SEAL Sniper, Producer, Tactical Trainer, Defender of the Defenseless” on his Facebook page. In a post that even a few months ago we might have laughed-off as the delusional ramblings of a member of the fanatic fringe, he called on Trump supporters to prepare for “civil war” if the President is forced from office.
Hitting all the dog-whistle talking points in his lengthy call to arms, Sawyer recounted the popular right wing conspiracy theory explanation for the investigations into the President’s possible collusion with Russia. Namely, that the “deep state” has teamed up with “globalists” and, with funding from George Soros, have hatched a plot that amounts to an “act of war,” a war that Sawyer promised would end in a quick if bloody victory for his side.
“Anti-American subversives involved in ANY WAY in an unconstitutional coup against our President will be run down and executed immediately by the world’s most supreme warriors,” the Navy SEAL wrote. “There will be nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, no mercy, no sense of humor. Harsh examples will be made. My prediction is it will be a gruesome massacre.”
How can he be so sure, you may ask? It’s simple: Because Liberals are soft and too distracted with fighting for the rights of the most victimized classes of Americans. The coming civil war will be quick and decisive because “one side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets & the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use. It will likely only take a few hours. Lessons will be learned. History will take note. Order restored.”
“I took an oath to defend our Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic,” Sawyer explains, and you can almost picture him wiping away tears. “By abandoning the rule of law and conducting a coup against the President & policies WE THE PEOPLE elected, they have made themselves enemies of the United States.”
There’s one glaring problem with Mr. Sawyer’s assessment. If the President is forced to leave office early, it will be because the Constitution itself demands it. Article II, Section 4 reads “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
When Mr. Sawyer took his oath to defend the Constitution, did he cross his fingers when thinking about that section? Wouldn’t he be committing treason himself if congress removes the president under the authority of Article II, Section 4, and he delivers on his threats in response? What should good patriots do to him then?
That, of course, is besides the point. Mr. Sawyer’s appeal and the many thousands like it are not rational, nor are they rooted in a love for the Constitution. They are the inevitable consequences of a president who selfishly calculated that playing into the base fears and suspicions of an angry cross section of mostly White, non-urban, xenophobic voters was his surest path to power.
Trump promised them what history, not to mention a majority of Americans, will not allow them to have, and even he is now framing the very legal, very constitutional, and very real attempts to expose his tainted electoral victory as an assault on them.
Just this week, he told a crowd of screaming loyalists in West Virginia that the investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia are nothing more than an attempt to nullify their victory in November, not his.
“They can’t beat us at the voting booths so they’re trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. They’re trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution.”
And they believe it. How do we know? Because three days later, this post appeared on Facebook.
You can read Mr. Sawyer’s entire menacing diatribe below:
Americans, Patriots, pray for our nation. Pray for our President.
I’m hearing serious rumblings of a hostile, illegal coup against our democratically elected President by seditious, deep-state subversives funded by Soros & other globalists. Very disturbing.
Patriots, this would be nothing less than an act of war against the American people. It would be the removal of our boldest defender & last possibility of maintaining our protective Constitution. Under the boot of globalists, life as we know it, would immediately decline to the model that suits the globalist interest – Marxist/Socialist/Communist. They get complete control, you get zero. Freedom, Gone! Liberty, Gone! This agenda is evil and simply cannot be allowed, at ANY cost.
Like ALL military, law enforcement and government officials, I took an oath to defend our Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. By abandoning the rule of law and conducting a coup against the President & policies WE THE PEOPLE elected, they have made themselves enemies of the United States.
Under threat, ALL patriots, whether civilian, law enforcement, government, or military, have the duty to defend our Constitution against such enemies. Some speculate on “civil war”. I readily recognize a much more sobering reality: Anti-American subversives involved in ANY WAY in an unconstitutional coup against our President will be run down and executed immediately by the world’s most supreme warriors. There will be nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, no mercy, no sense of humor. Harsh examples will be made. My prediction is it will be a gruesome massacre. Why? Because one side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets & the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.
It will likely only take a few hours. Lessons will be learned. History will take note. Order restored.
Patriots, We The American People stand united as one, against ALL enemies. We are peace-loving people who abide by the rule of law. Prepare yourselves in case this ridiculous insanity actually gets played out and the rule of law goes out the window under their gross miscarriage of our legal process. Shaking my head…
United We Stand! At the ready. USA!