Trump staffer’s apocalyptic rant
A senior Trump administration official went on an unhinged Facebook rant over the weekend in which he accused U.S. government scientists of “sedition” and claimed leftwing hit squads are gearing up to kill him and other supporters of the president.
Michael Caputo (inset), the recently installed top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, unleashed the fusillade of paranoid statements in a since-deleted video posted to his personnal Facebook page on Sunday
Without a shred of evidence, Caputo told his Facebook followers that scientists “deep in the bowels” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are orchestrating a “resistancce unit” against President Trump by sabotaging the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get welll, not until after Joe Biden is president,” Caputo said.
Caputo — who’s under scrutiny amid reports that he has beeen putting pressure on CDC officials to alter public health bulletins to fit Trump’s fact-challenged claims about the virus — even suggested his own life could be at risk.
“You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that’s where this is going,” he said.
The HHS spokesman, who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and has a long history of controversial social media posts, also urged supporters to stock up on weapons ahead of November’s election because he claimed violence will erupt.
“When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.... If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard. to get.”
HHS, which has a $1.3 trillion budget and numerous subdivisions, spearheads the Trump administration’s widely criticized response to the pandemic, which has already killed nearly 200,000 Americans.
Toward the end of his Sunday video, Caputo said his “mental health has definitely failed” amid the recent media attention sparked by his alleged interference with the CDC bulletins.
“I don’t like being alone in Washington,” he said. “Shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, there alone, shadows are so long.”
His unsettling Facebook video was first reported by the New York Times.