In a series of tweets sent out ahead of former President Donald Trump’s speech to the North Carolina Republican Party on Friday, Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt warned that Trump’s comments had “caused bloodshed” and that he will “certainly kill again.”
Schmidt chastised the media for continuing to underestimate Trump and the claimed threat he presents to American democracy in a lengthy 11-post Twitter thread after the ex-“From president’s the Desk of Donald J. Trump” blog was permanently shut down.
“Today is the third day of profoundly stupid media coverage around the demise of the Trump blog,” Schmidt wrote. “Some have posited that Trump’s loss, social media bans, and inability to sustain a blog are evidence of his decline, irrelevance, and diminishment.”
He then added: “These people are fools and their delusions are dangerous for the survival of American democracy. We are at an hour that requires people to wake up. Trump is powerful and he is a clear and PRESENT danger to our democratic society and national stability.”
Schmidt resigned from the Lincoln Project board of directors in February when it was revealed that anti-Trump GOP leaders were aware of sexual harassment claims against co-founder John Weaver months before publicly admitting them.
Schmidt, a long-time Republican strategist, has continued to publicly oppose Trump in recent months, as the GOP grapples with an intra-party schism between the Trump camp and the establishment wing eager to curtail his power.
“Trump has the ability to kill and destroy with the spoken word. His words; his lies, delusions and conspiracy theories have caused bloodshed,” Schmidt wrote. “That is what happened on January 6th. His words will surely kill again.”
“Trump is the leader of an authoritarian movement made up of an eclectic mix of extremists including Proud Boy fascists, Neo Nazis, white nationalists, religious fanatics and conspiracy theorists,” he continued. “The Republican Party is the vessel of this movement and the membership of that party is overwhelmingly united around the cause of Trump.”
Schmidt went on to argue that Trump “is not just the front runner for the GOP nomination, he is the presumptive nominee.”
“It requires an almost Trumpian level of historical ignorance to not recognize it as one of the gravest threats the country has ever faced,” he said. “A Trump indictment will not kill off Trump or his movement, it will simply hasten his candidacy.”
Biden’s 2020 victory “has brought us some time but all the time in the world can’t cure a willful and delusional blindness to the great danger, resilience, ambition, and authoritarianism of Trump’s movement,” Schmidt concluded.
On Saturday, Trump delivered a speech at the North Carolina GOP State Convention. Rumors have been circulating that Trump is considering a 2024 presidential run.
After Trump’s speech, it wasn’t his comments that made headlines, but instead, it was his pants.
“As we gather tonight, our country is being destroyed before our very own eyes. Crime is exploding, police departments are being ripped apart and defunded,” he told the crowd that gathered in Greenville.
“Drugs are pouring in, gas prices are soaring, our industries are being pillaged by foreign cyberattacks.
“That’s a lack of respect for our country and our leaders,” he said.
He also claimed that China should pay “reparations” over the coronavirus and stated that he deserved full credit for the vaccine.
He then went on to attack Biden, but no matter how inflammatory his comments were, it wasn’t his words the world was talking about after the speech it was his pants.
As Trump stepped away from the podium it appeared that Trump had his pants on backward and people can’t stop poking fun at him on social media.
People are sharing screenshots of the former president’s most recent speech on Twitter, saying that his kecks have no zip on the front, implying that he wore them backward.
New York Daily News columnist Brandon Friedman tweeted, “Others are noting this, but it can’t be shared enough: Donald Trump gave a big speech today with his pants on backwards. Look close and tell me I’m wrong.”
Others are noting this, but it can't be shared enough: Donald Trump gave his big speech today with his pants on backwards. Look close and tell me I'm wrong.pic.twitter.com/sRsoJVfyf8
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 6, 2021