Right-wing extremists are reportedly furious with Donald Trump, calling him a “traitor” and a “coward” after the outgoing president asked for calm following his impeachment trial for inciting a violent storm on the U.S. Capitol last week.
Facing unprecedented backlash after inciting his supporters to march on Congress, Trump released a video message Thursday calling for peace and no more violence as preparations begin for President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
“I unequivocally condemned the violence we saw last week. Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and in our movement,” Trump said in the recorded message.
Trump’s once passionate supporters feel betrayed and abandoned by the president, who called on them to “fight like hell” for him.
A review by The Huffington Post of thousands of messages on multiple social media platforms found that the tone against the president is changing among his base. Some have even called for Trump’s arrest and execution.
“So basically he just betrayed the patriots who were rounded up for him,” wrote one person in a 15,000-strong pro-Trump Telegram group.
Such comments have flooded websites frequented by extremists.
A growing number of Trump supporters who might hope to disrupt Biden’s inauguration are denouncing the outgoing president and rejecting his recent calls for peace, HuffPost said.
“Disturbingly, many of those angry about Biden’s alleged election theft are still plotting to forcibly prevent him from taking office – with or without Trump’s help,” he added.
“We don’t follow you,” another Telegram user wrote after his video message to Trump was released. “Shut up and get out of our way.”
The Proud Boys, a neo-fascist pro-Trump group that stormed the Capitol, also posted a message with Trump’s video: “The betrayal of the Trumpian base by Trump himself continues.”
Law enforcement officials are urgently warning of armed protests by right-wing extremists and white supremacists in all 50 state capitols ahead of Biden’s inauguration.
The Capitol complex has been placed on lockdown and more than 20,000 National Guard members have been stationed in Washington to provide security.
A new joint intelligence bulletin from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center warns that politically motivated extremists are likely to pose the greatest domestic terrorism threat this year.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – WPN