This story is so jaw-dropping, it’s hard to even find the words to react properly.
Anyone else confused as to how anything that has happened over the last few weeks can be real life?
Notoriously anti-Trump actor Tom Arnold tweeted out a call for liberal white men to steal their dads’ hunting rifles “and go nose to nose with Trump’s gang of misfit tools” and yes, that is a real quote.
See for yourself.
“2nd Amendment is for everyone including black men with long guns but it’s fucking time for us white liberal men to stand up for our brothers & sisters,” the actor tweeted. “Borrow our dad’s hunting rifles & go nose to nose with Trump’s gang of misfit tools.”
“Let’s do it [Rob Reiner],” added Arnold, tagging fellow anti-Trump Hollywood keyboard warrior, Rob Reiner.
2nd Amendment is for everyone including black men with long guns but it's fucking time for us white liberal men to stand up for our brothers & sisters. Borrow our dad's hunting rifles & go nose to nose with Trump’s gang of misfit tools. Let's do it @robreiner #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/KIf5OFAp3r
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 7, 2020
Arnold’s bright idea came in response to a video that has been circulating Twitter since last week which depicts several armed men in apparent riot gear and no visible insignia to indicate their affiliation. The video is captioned, “Completely unmarked officers in riot gear holding protesters blocks away from the White House. No badges. No insignias. No name tags. Nothing. Refused to tell us who they’re with.”
While Arnold seems to have assumed that these well-equipped men were “Trump’s team of misfit tools,” in reality, these men were most likely unmarked federal agents.
The outlet Defense One, one of many left-leaning outlets to report on the unmarked agents spotted around Washington DC amid ongoing protests in response to the death of George Floyd late last month, explains that “Two such clad security members in Washington on Tuesday night identified themselves to Defense One as part of a specialized emergency response force run by the Bureau of Prisons — part of the Justice Department — to help maintain security at correctional facilities. They and others are part of what’s known as the bureau’s Special Operations Response Teams, or SORTs.”
“NPR reported on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr had ordered BOP to send its specialized riot response teams to assist with the local D.C. law enforcement with the civil unrest that has engulfed downtown Washington this week,” they added.
Asked who they’re with, these guys say only that they’re with “The Department of Justice.” pic.twitter.com/ciVDtP8ndk
— Dan Friedman (@dfriedman33) June 2, 2020
It must be noted that early last week, the unruly protests and riots in the nation’s capital became so out of control around the White House, that President Trump spent the evening in the bunker below the people’s house.
Washington DC is, after all, the center of our federal government. It’s not entirely unreasonable that the federal government would use the full force of its law enforcement resources to maintain security in the capital during such heightened unrest.
So all this begs the question…is Arnold suggesting that white, liberal men take their fathers’ arms up against fellow citizens…or federal agents?
Either way, this is both absolutely insane and highly inadvisable.
And yes, this tweet, which one would certainly argue violates Twitter’s community standards, is still up as of this writing, as it promotes violence. Can you even imagine if a conservative made a similar call to arms?
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