Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric as of late has been anything but appealing for fellow Republicans. The GOP candidate’s frivolous accusations of a “rigged” election, warnings of a constitutional crisis and his refusal to accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election has some of his avid supporters gearing up for a civil war — literally.
Jim Moseley, a Trump supporter and self-described “Christian soldier,” is preparing for civil war number two, which he says will pop off if Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton comes out on top in this year’s presidential election, the Toronto Star reports.
“Once the trucks stop rolling, the grocery shelves will go empty and gasoline rationing will go into effect,” Moseley, 59, wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week.
“Liberals will have targets on their backs, as their behaviors are pretty much evident,” the South Carolina man continued. “Race wars will begin as well, as your skin color will be your uniform.”
The influence of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric has some politicians worried that the American people will begin to lose faith in the democratic process, or worse — resort to violence on election day if the presidential race doesn’t turn out how it should. Plus, perceived threats from so-called “Christian soldiers” and lone-wolf patriots like Moseley have election officials in some states prepping for troublemakers ahead of the election.
For instance, poll workers in Denver are now required to undergo active shooter training just in case of an emergency on Election Day, according to ABC Denver. This is the first time such training has ever been required for an election.
“In previous elections, we have responded to threats that have come in and dealt with those in an appropriate manner,” Denver elections director Amber McReynolds told the station.
“Being prepared for really any type of emergency situation, whether it’s an active shooter, or it’s a power outage, or it’s a fire, any sort of emergency situation is a key component to our preparation for the election,” she added.
Though it’s unclear whether any citizens may actually resort to violence over the presidential race, McReynolds said its important that they not take any chances.
Just last week, three members of a right-wing militia in Kansas were arrested in a plot to blow up an apartment building where Muslim refugees and the children were living. According to Mother Jones, the attack was to take place on Nov. 9 — so as not to interfere with the election.
“This is a militia group whose members support and espouse sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs,” an affidavit by FBI Investigation Task Force Officer Chad B. Moore read.
A Republican campaign office in North Carolina was also the target of a firebomb attack over the weekend, Raw Story reports. A Democratic headquarters nearby was targeted by vandals that same evening. Both attacks remain unsolved.