Joe Walsh, who was a United States congressman from 2011 until 2013, declared on Wednesday afternoon that he will take up arms if Donald Trump is not elected to the presidency.I posted a screenshot of the tweet, but it's still up if you want to see the original. Walsh will probably never take down, and neither will Twitter.
... For the record, Walsh’s apparent plan to form a band of individuals to take up arms against the lawfully elected leader of the United States most likely meets the legal definition of treason. Under federal law, “whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason.”
On the other hand, it doesn't look as if Walsh really has the intestinal fortitude to go up against the government of the United States. Shortly after posting the tweet, Walsh was trolled brilliantly by ex-Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings:
Joe Walsh musket.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) October 26, 2016
--Joe Walsh musket who?
Joe Walsh musket a lot of visits from the Secret Service.
To which Walsh responded:
Nope. They understand that a musket hasn't been used in battle in almost 200 years. https://t.co/sZRrOd02xJ— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
Oh. So in that case, Joe, WHAT THE HELL IS THE POINT OF GRABBING YOUR DAMN MUSKET?
I'll tell you what the point was: To convince listeners of the radio show he now hosts that Walsh is a big, tough patriot who's willing to kill or die for FREEDOM!!!!, defined as "government that doesn't have any Democrats in it, or any Republicans who've ever voted for a bill supported by a Democrat." But Walsh isn't tough enough. He just wants to sound tough when he says he'll grab a weapon he admits he wouldn't use. He's a pathetic phony.
The problem with this sort of cheap talk is that people who are less inhibited (and angrier, and crazier, and more hate-filled) are getting ideas from it. It's making some people feel they have license to do what Walsh pretends he'll do if Hillary Clinton wins. Walsh is too soft-bellied to actually engage in violence, so he's just goading others to do it instead. He's a reprehensible rabble-rouser and a coward.