Former President Donald Trump is fielding a slew of criticism for a post he reposted on his social media platform, Truth Social, that led to the words “Civil War.”
Social Truth was developed by the Trump team after he was banned from the mainstream platforms because of the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Supposedly there were growing fears that Trump would incite further violence.
A comment about civil war was written by a user of Social Truth named “MAGA King Thanos. He was writing regarding a screenshot of a tweet written on March 20 by the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele. That tweet was shared by a former CBS News correspondent and now a right-wing activist, Lara Logan.
Bukele wrote in his tweet, “The most powerful country in the world is falling so fast, that it makes you rethink what are the real reasons. Something so big and powerful can’t be destroyed so quickly, unless the enemy comes from within.”
He cited, in the tweet, a Bloomberg op-ed entitled, “Inflation Stings Most If You Earn Less Than $300K. Here’s How to Deal.”
Former President Trump reposted the tweet which caused an anti-Trump political group called MeidasTouch to post this message, “The disgraced, twice-impeached former president just shared a post from another user on his social media platform calling for Civil War. This is beyond dangerous.”
This group was not alone, Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a fierce critic of former President Trump, actually condemned Trump for his alleged advocacy of a civil war in the United States. He challenged his GOP colleagues to speak out against Trump and asked a rhetorical question about the Party just wanting to get through another election without making waves.
Outside of the Republican Party, Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell from California railed against Trump calling for Civil War. He also said that, like Vietnam and the walk to the Insurrection on January 6, Trump would not be “man enough to fight it.”
George Conway, a frequent antagonist against Trump and the husband of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweeted this message: “Nothing to see here. Just a former president of the United States sharing a social media post advocating or predicting civil war in the United States. No biggie.”
And Seth Abramson, an author, and journalist said that Trump’s action to repost a tweet on a social media platform was the most seditious step that a U.S. president has ever taken.”
Abramson wrote, “Every American who loves this country needs to condemn Donald Trump for this. There’s no room for half-measures here: every GOP elected official in America needs to be *on record* condemning Donald Trump in the strongest possible terms. You don’t play around with Civil War talk.”
He also went so far as to say that Trump reshaping the post on Truth Social should bolster the case for disqualifying Trump from running for president again in 2024 due to the Fourteenth Amendment.
David Weissman was equally livid about Trump’s repost. He asked Elon Musk, who is on the verge of buying Twitter if he saw that the former president was “supporting a call for a civil war.” And he also asked Musk if he wanted that on his site.
This fury over what Trump has reposted comes at the same time that the former president is being criticized for his claims that the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary is rigged due to mail-in ballot voter fraud. Trump endorsed candidate Mehmet Oz who is still in a very close race with Dave McCormick as votes are being counted and will likely need to be recounted.
All this fury…it’s over a post that Trump simply reposted that talked about an enemy coming from within.