Trump staffer’s apoca­lyp­tic rant

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHRIS SOMMERFELD­T

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.

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