Former GOP congressman suggests armed revolution if Donald Trump loses the election

Source: AP
Source: AP

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, an outspoken Illinois Republican, suggested on Wednesday that he would take up arms and start a revolution if Donald Trump loses the election on Nov. 8.

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

A number of Trump supporters have threatened revolution if the bombastic businessman loses to Hillary Clinton next month.

Earlier in October, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence chided a woman who said she wanted to start a revolution if Clinton won.

Source: YouTube

In a video interview at a recent rally, another Trump supporter threatened to assassinate Clinton if she were to win.

Source: YouTube

But Walsh's comments take the incitement to violence to a whole new level, as he is an elected official-turned-radio show host with a following.

However, this isn't the first time Walsh has used violent rhetoric on Twitter.

In July, after the deadly police shooting in Dallas, Walsh declared "war" on "Black Lives Matter punks," saying, "Real America is coming for you."

The heated rhetoric and threats of violence have even caused some schools to close on Election Day, fearing for the safety of their students.

Ironically, Walsh had tweeted his disapproval of school closures over fear of election violence just hours before he said he was going to take up arms if Trump lost.

Twitter pilloried Walsh for his remarks.

"Who are you man, freaking Davy Crockett?" one user named Mark Murphy tweeted.

Others started to tag the FBI, ostensibly to tip them off about Walsh's call for violence.

Walsh has always been a controversial figure.

He was first elected to Congress in the 2010 tea party wave, and swept out two years later after news came out that he had missed more than $117,000 in child support payments.

Source: YouTube

His opponent at the time, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — now running for Senate in Illinois — painted him as a "dead-beat dad."

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Emily C. Singer

Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

MORE FROM

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.

Will Justice Anthony Kennedy retire at end of Supreme Court term? Here's what we know.

Rumors that the 80-year-old swing justice may leave the bench are fueling fear of a second Trump pick on the nation's high court.

3 states and D.C. allow same flammable building materials behind Grenfell Tower fire

The causes of London's Grenfell Tower are similar to the justifications used to waive fire regulations in the U.S.

New Jersey bill would require kids to be taught how to interact with police

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade would receive the education.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.

Will Justice Anthony Kennedy retire at end of Supreme Court term? Here's what we know.

Rumors that the 80-year-old swing justice may leave the bench are fueling fear of a second Trump pick on the nation's high court.

3 states and D.C. allow same flammable building materials behind Grenfell Tower fire

The causes of London's Grenfell Tower are similar to the justifications used to waive fire regulations in the U.S.

New Jersey bill would require kids to be taught how to interact with police

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade would receive the education.