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Former Congressman Joe Walsh: 'If Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket


"You in?"

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Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman turned conservative radio host, suggested he is ready for some kind of armed revolt if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency next month.

"On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?" the former Republican lawmaker tweeted.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

While Walsh has not provided much detail about what he meant by the comment, he did tell CNN's Jake Tapper, who asked for clarification, that he is urging his followers to "participate in acts of civil disobedience" in order to "get our country back."

This is not the first time Walsh has made such suggestions. In February, he joked that Thomas Jefferson told him to "grab your musket" in response to florists being pressured to "arrange flowers for a gay wedding." And over the summer, Walsh told President Barack Obama to "watch out" after the Dallas police officer shootings because "America is coming after you."

Walsh's Twitter account was temporarily suspended after he posted the threat. At the time, the ex-lawmaker told CNN's Don Lemon that he stood by his words despite being shut down by the social media network.

"Twitter said the only way you'll open your account is if we get rid of that tweet," he said in July.

Shortly after the ordeal, Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, called on the Justice Department to investigate whether Walsh's tweet aimed at the president "constitutes a terroristic threat."

"This particular statement bears significant weight because of Walsh’s position as a high-profile former Member of Congress," Ellison wrote at the time. "As such, Mr. Walsh’s refusal to renege on the statement could result in real violence against the President or the Black Lives Matter movement."

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