A Facebook post calling on Conservatives to arm themselves and prepare for conflict with the Left this election season has sparked a swift backlash online, with some commenters concerned county Commissioner Mike Brown is calling for a new civil war.
In the message posted to his personal Facebook page Sunday morning, Brown warns that street violence, violence against police officers, looting and vandalism are all signals of a “coming war.”
“Anarchy is ok,” he began, “because they all believe you are simply too scared to do anything about it and they believe it damages Donald Trump.”
“They’ve overplayed their hand,” Brown posted Sunday. “They’ve gone way too far and now it’s too late to get it back. And that is causing panic on the Left which will lead to a ramping up of more chaos, so prepare yourself; prepare to vote, prepare to support candidates who carry your message, buy a firearm and ammunition and take a class now to learn how to safely use it to defend yourself and your property, know what’s happening around you at all times.”
“This is not a joke nor is it hyperbole,” he continued. “It is a real fight for control of America … and control of you. Here is another thing that isn’t a joke or hyperbole; I’d rather fight and die than live in their dictated world.”
“And right now I’ve got my own war drum — and I’m waiting for the other side to give me reason to pound on it. And I will. Say when,” Brown added.
“That’s a very scary post,” said Shirley Allenbrand, who’s challenging Brown in the Nov. 3 election. “I hope his Facebook has been hacked because I can’t believe what he’s saying. Having people go out and start a war is not going to help our police department. That’s only going to put them in more danger.”
Brown defended the widely condemned post.
“In my post, I am only speaking out against violence and calling on other elected [officials], community leaders and citizens to do the same,” he told the newspaper. “If others, too, want to curb the chance of violence then they too need to speak up and speak out against it. Their silence and the actions of those committing these crimes makes them complicit.”
Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas, who was called out by name in Brown’s post, condemned the official’s words.
“This is reckless. This is racist. This is wrong,” Lucas tweeted. “Just stop.”
At a time when heated rhetoric rarely surprises me, I have to admit shock in seeing something like this from a local elected. Gross distortions; encouraging constituents to prepare for armed war w/political opponents?
This is reckless. This is racist. This is wrong.
Just stop. https://t.co/Zc50URHgEW
— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) September 14, 2020