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Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes repeatedly called on Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act in a last-ditch effort to hold onto power.
The right-wing militant, who claimed to have contacts with a Secret Service agent with access to the former president, urged Trump to invoke the law and authorize himself to deploy military forces as domestic law enforcement, according to communications he sent with other Oath Keepers in late November 2020 that were presented as evidence at his seditious conspiracy trial.
“Time to get serious about training. And force on force is the way to go,” Rhodes wrote in a chat with other group leaders. “No, it WILL be 1776 all over again, or more like 1775 all over again. The patriot right will declares him an illegitimate usurper and imposter.”
He said the move would be justified because Joe Biden and other Democrats were stealing the election away from Trump with disloyal judges.
"I told you all the Dems would steal it. I also told you the judges can’t be trusted and they will go along with it," Rhodes wrote Nov. 27. "I hate being right about these things, and I derive no pleasure in it. But I told you so.”
Rhodes said repeatedly throughout the period between the election and the Jan. 6 insurrection that the Insurrection Act was Trump's last chance to remain in the White House.
"That's all he has left. If he doesn't do that then we will have to fight against an illegitimate Biden regime," Rhodes wrote Dec. 12, 2020, "it will be a bloody and desperate fight."
Christian preacher Mike Winger, who heads an online ministry, was asked recently by a caller about people who kill and later say "God told them to do it," in reference to a Bible story where Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his son, only to have God later tell him it was just a test of his faith.
As the Friendly Atheist's Hemant Mehta points out, Winger responded to the caller saying that one should always obey God, even if God orders are to kill.
"Well, I’m going to say something controversial that will absolutely delight atheists. ... I don’t care. ... You’ve already hated me anyways. It’s not like anything changed. If anything, I’m just glad people, like, hate-follow me. Like, at least that’s there. You know, maybe they’re hearing the Gospel."
"...if God Himself actually tells you, and He’s like, 'Hey, I am the ultimate governor of all of life, and I have judicially said that person is going to die, and I’m telling you to do it,' yeah," Winger said. "Now, historically, as a Christian, do I expect this to happen? Not really.
Later in the segment, Winger clarified: "So, as a Christian, in principle, if God tells you to kill someone, yes, you should. It’s God."
"But in practical reality, I really don’t expect this to happen," he continued. "Not that there could never be an exception, but if anybody comes up to me, and says, 'God told me to kill so-and-so,' my default is to think they’re probably wrong, because there’s a lot more weirdos out there than there are people that God is telling to do something like that. There’s my answer."
Watch the video below. The relevant portion begins at around 1:28:47:
20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 84) youtube.com
On Friday, writing for MSNBC's MaddowBlog, columnist Steve Benen outlined how NFL veteran and Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker can't keep his own story consistent as he tries to defend himself against the bombshell report that he secretly paid a woman he impregnated to have an abortion — and is in cases even confirming details of the story that the reporters had kept out for privacy reasons.
"I’m occasionally reminded of a brutal paragraph Politico published in August, summarizing the GOP candidate’s background," wrote Benen. "Walker, Politico noted, “has lied about his educational achievements, his participation in law enforcement and the FBI, the size and success of his business ventures, and the number of children he has. ‘He’s lied so much that we don’t know what’s true,’ a Walker adviser told The Daily Beast. ‘I’m going to blow your f’ing brains out,’ he once told his ex-wife, according to his ex-wife. He told an ex-girlfriend in 2012 that he was going to ‘blow her head off’ and then ‘blow his head off,’ according to the ex-girlfriend."
Now, Benen, wrote, Walker's lies about the abortion incident don't even agree with each other.
"Walker and his campaign team immediately and vehemently denounced the reporting, insisted it was false, and vowed to file a lawsuit against the online publication on Tuesday morning," wrote Benen. "At least so far, no such litigation has been filed. In fact, on Wednesday morning, the candidate’s tone shifted a bit: Instead of condemning the reporting as defamatory, Walker conceded to Fox News that he’s made 'mistakes' but has been 'redeemed.'" Walker then denied knowing the accuser — but later admitted it was the mother of one of his secret children, a detail the original Daily Beast report about the abortion had kept confidential.
"Walker himself seems to be having a tough time keeping his story straight," wrote Benen. After Walker claimed on Hugh Hewitt's show that he didn't do it, but even if he did it wouldn't have been a problem, "He also continued to say he has 'no idea' who is accuser is, which continues to be odd given that there are four women with whom Walker has had children. Hours later, the Republican fielded a few questions from reporters and seemed to denying saying what he’d already said earlier in the day. Walker also tried to blame Democrats for the allegations, which was odd given that the claims are coming from members of his own family."
All of this comes as Christian Walker, his eldest son and a Trump supporter who previously campaigned with him, called his father a liar and accused him of neglecting, abusing, and threatening deadly violence against his family.