A 93-year-old WWII veteran told a group of anti-Trump protesters in New York City on Monday that he would kill every one of them if he had a gun.
NJ.com identified the man as James Bishop of Middlesex County and described him as “one of the oldest surviving war veterans in the United States.”
“Give me a f—-g gun, I’ll shoot these sons of b—–s,” Bishop could be heard saying on a video that has since gone viral on social media.
“If it wasn’t for Trump, this country would have a lot of problems right now,” Bishop said in an interview with NJ Advance Media on Wednesday. “I’m an American soldier, I bring peace to this country. Those liberals waving those flags had no right to be at the veterans’ parade. That’s my statement.”
A video of the incident was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr. to his more than 4 million followers. Some Twitter users saw the retweet as an endorsement of violence.
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As for threatening protesters, Bishop told the news outlet that he was angry but would not have hurt anyone.
“I ain’t gonna kill nobody. The only ones I took care of was the ones overseas in the Pacific. Besides, I had cameras all over me (at the parade), you know?”
‘Give me a f*cking gun. I’ll shoot these sons of b*tches.’ — This WWII veteran clashed with anti-Trump protesters, many of whom were also vets, at NYC’s Veterans Day parade pic.twitter.com/Ietu8gojeg
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Bishop said he took a bus on Veterans Day from East Brunswick to the Port Authority in New York, where he was approached by several police officers who offered him a ride to the parade.
“I told them, ‘I’ve got to get to the parade. It’s late. The president’s going to be laying a wreath and I gotta be there,’” he said.
Bishop said the officers placed him in their car and offered to escort him to the event.
“The traffic was so bad and they put their sirens on and they blasted up the wrong side of the street,” Bishop said. “They did everything to get me to that parade. The police were wonderful to me. When they seen me standing there in my uniform, they helped me.”
But once he arrived, he said the sight of protesters angered him.
“They had these here people kind of roped off, separate from us, and all of them are standing there with these signs, ‘Impeach Trump’ and all, you know?” he said. “It got me upset and you know, I’m starting to get upset again right now this minute because I don’t like the way things are going in this country against our president, who has done a hell of a lot for it so far.”
Bishop told the news outlet about another clash he had with anti-Trump protesters in Manhattan, shortly before the 2016 election.
“I almost got into a fight right there at Trump Towers with one of them,” Bishop said. “He was a guy from California and I didn’t like him. I said, ‘You don’t belong here’ and then we had a good argument.”