Some are interpreting radio host Joe Walsh’s Wednesday afternoon tweet as a literal call to violence following the election, while it seems the majority are electing to point and laugh instead. At least gun control crusader Piers Morgan should be OK with it, seeing as Walsh’s weapon of choice is a musket, just as the founders envisioned when they drew up the Bill of Rights.
On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump.
On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom what exactly does that mean?
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 26, 2016
Good question. There’s no need to alert the authorities, as plenty of people have already; it’ll be up to the powers that be to determine if “grabbing my musket” constitutes a threat, or if it’s meant symbolically. (The odds that Twitter will suspend Walsh’s account look pretty good.)
@WalshFreedom Didn't you get in trouble for this once before?
— Meredith D. (@YankeeBeatCheck) October 26, 2016
At least once before.
Grab your musket and meet me in North Carolina.
Time to fight the Feds.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 9, 2016
I'M GRABBING MY MUSKET is the perfect thing to scream into an old fashioned phone that isn't plugged in
It's not a great thing to tweet
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) October 26, 2016
In the meantime, plenty of people aren’t exactly quivering at the image of Walsh wielding a musket — or, as the cable networks would likely call it, an assault musket.
@WalshFreedom Bless your heart.
— Swami Buttload (@MetricButtload) October 26, 2016
"When you're an ex-congressman, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the musket. You can do anything." https://t.co/qlNApg4Ypi
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom Looks like .0002% of your followers are "in". Awkward.
— Robert Bingaman (@robertjosiah) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom girl, you don't have a musket.
— Christoph Fitzgerald (@kifferfitz) October 26, 2016
.@WalshFreedom Good thinking, you'll go far with a smoothbore black-powder muzzleloader
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom and what are you going to do with said musket? Really? A musket? Not a carbine? You really are out of touch 🙂
— Dan Braxton (@BraxtonMedia) October 26, 2016
Actually, a musket would be an outdated and ineffective weapon for armed insurrection against a modern—*falls into manhole*
— Alex Brown (@AlexBrownNJ) October 26, 2016
.@WalshFreedom you'd get droned before you could even load it
— Matt Provenzano (@mattprov94) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom You gonna old yeller your candidate? seems a bit harsh.
— Frinco (@VictorZapat1) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom do you actually own a working musket?
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) October 26, 2016
I would pay five dollars to watch Joe Walsh actually try to load and fire a musket.
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom We do not want to hear about what you grab in your home, just stay the hell indoors.
— kim oconnor (@kimoco) October 26, 2016
On November 9th, I'm gonna be standing at the ready with my muskrat pic.twitter.com/hnajKi4hii
— Hayes Boo-rown (@HayesBrown) October 26, 2016
— animal Mistress (@pottytheron) October 26, 2016
@WalshFreedom On the 9th you will be curled up in your basement whining.
— Willing to discuss (@buffsblg) October 26, 2016
Curled up on the floor on Nov. 9? There’s no shame in that.
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Now that the FBI and Secret Service have been deluged with alerts, Walsh confirmed to Yahoo News that he was “talking metaphorically” and would not literally be grabbing a musket.
Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh says he wasn’t calling for violence when he vowed to grab ‘a musket’ if Trump loses https://t.co/zR0j6qb9dO
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) October 26, 2016