C-Span aired threatening anti-Trump comments from a caller over the weekend that referenced the recent murder of Trump supporter Bernell Trammell in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The call was aired during an interview with Boris Epshteyn, who is the Strategic Advisor for Coalitions at the Trump 2020 campaign and was also a former Special Assistant to President Donald Trump.
C-Span caller on Trump sending federal troops to Milwaukee: ‘There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed when they come’
“John,” a caller from Wisconsin – threatened “bloodshed,” emphasizing that protesters and others who are opposed to the President and his decision to deploy federal troops to tamp down riots were armed.
“I just want to say to this guy this morning a Trump supporter was killed, was shot and killed in a drive-by in Milwaukee,” “John” said. “I don’t know if you got that news, but the people in Milwaukee are waiting for those troops to come in because they got weapons, and there’s going to be a lot of bloodshed when they come.”
“So that’s all I got to say,” the caller added.
Talking to C-Span host Jesse Holland, Epshteyn replied, “What’s that supposed to mean, so now you have people on your air threatening our lives? Is that what it is Jesse?”
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Trump Campaign Adviser Epshteyn: ‘They’re threatening our lives’
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While Holland suggested they would take another caller, Epshteyn had more to say.
“I don’t think we should keep going,” Epshteyn insisted. “I mean you just had a caller call in [that said] shooting Trump supporters is right.”
“I mean anybody who’s a Democrat or Independent should listen to what that gentleman just said and realize where the Democrats are in this country,” the Team Trump adviser continued. “They’re threatening our lives.”
“It is disgusting, it’s despicable, and it’s criminal,” he continued. “And that sounded like a threat against the president and his campaign. I hope the Secret Service investigates it.”
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Why did C-Span allow this call to air?
C-Span advertises itself as an “unfiltered view of government.”
Most broadcasters have a “dump” button to cut off any callers who speak inappropriately. If C-Span has such a feature, it was obviously not used in this instance.
Perhaps the common C-Span format of taking calls has been accustomed to some pretty outrageous remarks and this just slipped through the cracks?
Or perhaps the producers didn’t think a threat of this magnitude against Trump supporters and federal troops warranted censoring or omitting?
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