Far-right Christian host claims Rachel Maddow will lead a coup against Trump because America has been “homosexualised”
A far-right Christian host known for promoting conspiracy theories went on a homophobic and anti-semitic rant, claiming a coup against Trump could happen in a matter of hours.
On his “TruNews” show aired on Tuesday, Rick Wiles referred to gay journalists such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow to support the baseless claim that the US has been “homosexualised” and lost its Christian values. “America, you’ve been homosexualized. You’ve been Jewdy-ized,” he said.
In particular, he singled out Maddow for inciting a revolution against President Donald Trump. “She was spewing out, last night, calls for revolution. She was telling the left, ‘Take a deep breath, we’re at the moment, it’s coming, we’re almost there, we’re going to remove him from the White House.’ We’re about 72 hours—possibly 72 hours—from a coup,” Wiles added.
The conspiracy theorist then went on to describe how this supposed coup would look like, including helicopters flying over the roof of the White House and envisioning “men clad in black rappelling down ropes” to enter the presidential residence.
Wiles’ feverish vision then took a French Revolution turn, as the scenario ends with the decapitation of Trump and his family at the hands of a “leftist mob.”
“Be prepared for a mob—a leftist mob—to tear down the gates, the fence at the White House and to go into the White House and to drag him out with his family and decapitate them on the lawn of the White House,” he said.
So what has Maddow been discussing on her show to spark such nightmarish scenario? The closed-door meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and the American president’s extraordinary rebuttal of US intelligence agency’s assessment of Russia’s role in the presidential election. Trump’s statement sparked widespread condemnation in the US for siding with a country perceived as hostile to their national interests—he has since said he misspoke.
On her show on Monday, Maddow was critical of the president’s behaviour, telling her viewers it raised “uncomfortable questions” about how US citizens should react to the possibility that Trump isn’t serving America’s best interests, which she described as “the worst case scenario.”
“For everything that we’ve been through as a country, for every kind of trial and challenge and intrigue and embarrassment and scandal that we have been through as a nation, we haven’t ever had to reckon with the possibility that somebody has ascended to the presidency of the United States to serve the interests of another country rather than our own,” she said, adding: “It is worth being clear-eyed and specific about […] what’s the best way for America to fix a problem like this one.”
No mentions of a violent insurgency. Then again, Maddow, whose namesake evening program is in direct competition with the pro-Trump Fox News’s “Hannity” and is one of the most-viewed programs on cable news, is not new to being a target of the right due to her questioning of the administration—Vanity Fair reported in 2017 that two conservative activists group were lobbying advertisers to boycott her show.