Sure Looks Like Trump Just Advocated For 'Civil War' On His Social Media Site—And People Aren't Surprised
Former Republican President Donald Trump drew criticism over the weekend for seemingly advocating a second Civil War on his Truth Social platform. On Saturday Trump "retruthed" a post he liked from a random account—something he often did on Twitter.
Twitter posts are colloquially referred to as tweets and reposting something from another user a retweet. So for Trump's copycat platform, posts are called "truths"—without a dash of irony or self-awareness—and reposting is a "retruth."
It’s a Twitter Knock off…it’s called Truth social ..so wen. U “retweet” a post Ther it’s called “retruthed”….Fckn ridiculous
— 🇺🇦🌻MOOKS🌻🇺🇦 (@GhostOfLuv3) May 22, 2022
Fox Nation host Lara Logan shared—without caption—a screenshot of a Twitter post by El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele, which was then quote truthed by user MAGA King Thanos with added caption:
Trump then retruthed that post.
Bukele's original post on Twitter is from March—featuring a widely criticized Bloomberg opinion piece about inflation—to take a jab at the USA and the Biden administration.
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. https://t.co/EAHz5nt7ec
— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) March 20, 2022
The meaning of any of the posts, truths and retruths of Bukele's tweet isn't entirely clear.
The post looked like this on Truth Social.
Donald J. Trump/Truth Social
The Truth Social posts—with added annotations—were then shared on Twitter by several users, including conservative Republican and vocal Trump critic George Conway.
"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."
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. pic.twitter.com/hKsjSc5hDl
— George Conway🇺🇦 (@gtconway3d) May 22, 2022
To prove the "retruths" authenticity, Conway added a video reel of Trump's Truth Social account scroll.
In case anyone doubts this is real: pic.twitter.com/xpmRRCmzZs
— George Conway🇺🇦 (@gtconway3d) May 22, 2022
Conway also discussed the post with CNN's Jim Acosta.
ICYMI: I spoke with @gtconway3d about Trump's social media post this weekend about "Civil War." Conway says Democrats aren't taking the threat to American democracy seriously enough. pic.twitter.com/19nypgIWWm
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 22, 2022
Conway said GOP leadership weren't speaking out against Trump's divisive rhetoric because:
"[T]hey're terrified of him."
"They're also terrified of a Republican base that's become increasingly radicalized. That actually does believe that people who politically disagree with them are a threat to the nation and therefore violence could be necessary to fight them off, and that's what we saw in this social media post."
"The suggestion is that somehow we are headed towards civil war or there should be civil war, or something to that effect, and for a former President of the United States and leading contender for the 2024 Republican nomination to even be talking about that and suggesting that is absolutely appalling."
Conway wasn't the only member of the GOP bothered by Trump's post.
Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted:
"Any of my fellow Republicans wanna speak out now?"
"Or are we just wanting to get through 'just one more election first…'?"
Any of my fellow Republicans wanna speak out now? Or are we just wanting to get through “just one more election first…?” https://t.co/G6YXAC1qIb
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) May 22, 2022
Conway and Kinzinger may have felt out on a limb amongst GOP leadership, but they weren't alone in their concern online.
It may seem amusing to some, but there's a mountain of evidence that shows this threat (especially in the absence of Electoral Count Act reform) is real, and should concern us all.
— The Ghost of George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3dg) May 22, 2022
When will be stop believing Trump has the slightest interest in actual democracy? Elections are an inconvenience to him. He is a political arsonist.
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) May 22, 2022
I agree we need this committee to get the evidence out and DOJ to charge those responsible. This should be priority number 1 above all else.
— Charles Richards (@Charles930903) May 23, 2022
Orban discussed mobilizing troops at CPAC “We have to take back the institutions in Washington & Brussels. We must find allies in one another & coordinate the movements of our troops,” Presuming he is suggesting fighting people who don’t agree with him. https://t.co/brySJAMy13
— JD ✍️ 🇺🇸 (@JDawsonTweets) May 22, 2022
Oh yes …if the leash is ever off…the entire world is in trouble
— 🇺🇦🌻MOOKS🌻🇺🇦 (@GhostOfLuv3) May 23, 2022
Last years @CPAC stage was so shocking and this year they moved it to Hungary. They're not choosy about which facist, totalitarian country they display but they do plan to tear down the government. Scarey! pic.twitter.com/xPi58Dcvhi
— Eleanor 🆘️ (@eleanor_rigby49) May 22, 2022
The first Civil War was an armed insurrection against the United States over slavery's continuation.
There is some irony in the fact the January 6, 2021 insurrection and Trump’s role in it lead to his permanent ban on Twitter and his second impeachment.
This is not the first time MAGA voices either called for or warned against a civil war.
WATCH: At yesterday's "Save America" Trump rally in Des Moines, I spoke to Lori Levi of Michigan, who told me she is very unhappy with the Republican party as it stands today, and says she believes a "Civil War is coming." pic.twitter.com/JB1zOLAxGR
— Gary Grumbach (@GaryGrumbach) October 10, 2021
It probably won't be the last.