A Democrat caller on C-SPAN threatened Trump supporters and federal troops with “a lot of bloodshed” should they be deployed to America’s cities.
In yet another display of violence targeted at supporters of the President of the United States, the comments were especially ominous in light of the recent murder of Trump supporter Bernell Trammell in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which the caller references.
The remarks came during an interview with Boris Epshteyn, Strategic Advisor for Coalitions at the Trump 2020 campaign and former Special Assistant to President Trump.
The caller – “John,” from Wisconsin – threatened “bloodshed,” emphasizing those opposed to the President and deployment of federal troops to quell ongoing riots were armed:
Talking to the program host Jesse Holland, Epshteyn’s immediate response was: “What’s that supposed to mean, so now you have people on your air threatening our lives? Is that what it is Jesse?”
While Holland was keen to move to the next caller, Epshteyn followed up:
The comments appearing on the nonpartisan C-SPAN, which bills itself as an “unfiltered view of government,” is perhaps a testament to the normalization of anti-Trump violence, already run amuck in mainstream media outlets.
Television and radio programming usually has a “dump” function built into the broadcast, whereby live footage is several seconds behind what really aired, so that producers can go to commercial or other programming in case of curse words, profanity, nudity, and threats.
It is unclear whether C-SPAN was not using a broadcast delay, which is highly unlikely, or whether they simply chose to air the threat regardless.