by Frank Holmes, reporter
If the Democrats move to impeach President Donald Trump, it could light the fuse that explodes into the country’s second civil war. That’s according to one of the president’s longtime insiders, Roger Stone.
Stone said the president signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill offering massive funding for the armed services, “because he thought he was getting the allegiance of the military if there was some kind of showdown” – like open warfare in the streets.
That would sound like nonsense coming from most politicians, but the man knows the reality on the ground in Washington as well as anyone.
Stone has been in politics more than 5 decades, starting with the Barry Goldwater campaign. He’s held national roles in politics and government working for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Bob Dole.
More importantly, he has been a Trump confidant for decades and even tried to prod him to run for president in 2000.
He understands the president’s thinking and the views of the president’s strongest supporters – and he thinks impeachment will unleash full-blown violence.
“If there is an illegal attempt to remove the president, you’re going to have a civil war in this country,” Stone told Newsweek magazine just last week.
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Polls show Democrats and the average American moving in opposite directions.
A whopping 70% of Democrats said they would “definitely” vote for Congressional candidates who support impeaching President Trump. But average voters would opt against pro-impeachment candidates by five points, according to a recent Marist poll shows.
If the Democrats shove through an impeachment case that the America people consider “to be doctored or cooked up, it’s not going to go well,” Stone said.
Blue-state and red-state America have been showing signs of strain for years, but overturning an election could be the last straw.
Already, almost 40 percent of all citizens – and close to half of all Millennials – would support a state if it tried to secede from the United States, a Zogby poll revealed last September.
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The level of support for secession is pretty even across political parties – although just a bit more popular among Democrats (41%) than Republicans (38%).
But both parties have shown signs of a possible crack-up at times.
About 6 out of 10 Texans who supported Donald Trump would have rather have left the country than live under President Hillary Clinton if she had won the 2016 presidential election.
The country’s fabric has been strained in a take-no-prisoners cultural tug-of-war for years.
A 2014 poll showed a majority of people (53%) who belonged to the Tea Party supported secession.
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Two years earlier, a survey found that more Americans supported secession, or weren’t sure about it, than opposed it.
Stone believes adding another level of tension might bring Americans into open battle – but he has one thing backwards: So far, all violence has been on one side of the political spectrum, the Left.
During the election, Soros-funded organizations infiltrated “Make America Great Again” rallies and started fist fights with Trump voters.
After Trump’s election, hundreds of thousands of people chanted that Trump was “not my president” and promised their “resistance.” Madonna threatened to blow up the White House, and videos and plays have depicted Trump’s assassination.
Sometimes the hatred for Trump and his supporters goes beyond words.
Last summer, left-wing extremist James Hodgkinson became so charged by anti-Republican rhetoric that he shot Congressman Steve Scalise during a baseball game.
And the mysterious mass shooting of Trump supporters attending a Las Vegas country music festival remains unsolved.
Even though they know they’re playing with fire, the Left has churned up the extremist talk. General Michael Hayden and Dianne Feinstein compared the Trump administration’s immigration policies to “Nazi Germany.” And who wouldn’t try to overthrow Nazi Germany – or even kill its leader?
Will impeachment actually happen? Stone says it will all depends on “who wins the House” of Representatives in this November’s elections. Historically, the opposition party surges during midterm elections – but Trump has defied history before.
Stone says the president takes the threat of violence seriously and wants to spare the country a civil war so bad that he might step aside if impeachment talk heated up. “I could see him say, ‘OK, I’ll see you around,’” Stone said. “Why does he need the grief, given everything he’s accomplishing?”
But our country needs him to accomplish even more. For that to happen, Trump has to stay – and Pelosi and Schumer have to go.
— Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”