Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Did Louisiana Rep Clay Higgins Call for Violence via Twitter After Trump Indictment? Anyone Paying Attention? Yes

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Right after Donald Trump claimed on his social media that he was going to be indicted, Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana had an interesting response on Twitter.

He wrote: “President Trump said he has ‘been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM. This is a perimeter probe from the oppressors. Hold. rPOTUS has this. Buckle up. 1/50K know your bridges. Rock steady calm. That is all.”

Like a lot of people, I thought it was gibberish. But apparently it wasn’t.

Award-winning journalist and author Jeff Sharlet, author of “The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War,” saw the message as a dog whistle, and a threat.

“Deep scary: 1/50 k refers to military scale maps & publicly available US Geological Survey maps of areas mostly surrounding military installations,” Sharlet said. “This isn’t a metaphor. This isn’t slow civil war. This is a congressman calling for the real thing.”

“I think this is scary as hell,” he added. (Thanks to www.rawstory.com for putting all this together.)

“Take this seriously,” Sharlet said. “’Perimeter probe’: Higgins thinks indictment precedes bigger attack. ‘rPOTUS’: real POTUS,’ Trump. ‘Hold’: ‘stand back & stand by.’ ‘Buckle up’: prepare for war. ‘1/50 k’: military scale maps. ‘Know your bridges’: militia speak for prepare to seize bridges.”

Meanwhile, Higgins’ post is still at the top of his Twitter page. Elon Musk isn’t going to remove it, but I’m sure the FBI is investigating it.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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