In a recent episode of Laura Ingraham’s podcast, attorney Joseph DiGenova called on Ingraham’s listeners to “buy guns,” saying the country was headed for civil war.
On February 21, DiGenova called in to share his thoughts on the ongoing controversy in Virginia, in which Governor Ralph Northam (D), Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D), and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) have all refused calls from their fellow Democrats to resign amid scandals ranging from wearing blackface to allegations of sexual assault.
But DiGenova quickly pivoted from that in order to suggest that the media is on a mission to destroy the GOP and remove President Trump from office, and that “total war” is the only option left on the table.
“We are in a civil war in this country. There’s two standards of justice, one for Democrats one for Republicans. The press is all Democrat, all liberal, all progressive, all left – they hate Republicans, they hate Trump,” DiGenova said in audio captured by Media Matters for America. “So the suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future in this country is over. It’s not going to be.”
“It’s going to be total war. And as I say to my friends, I do two things: I vote and I buy guns,” he added.
If DiGenova’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he was initially the lawyer President Trump picked to defend the administration from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. DiGenova, a frequent Fox News guest, was formerly the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and now regularly promotes the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the Department of Justice is framing Trump.
“There was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime,” DiGenova said in January of 2018. He added, “Make no mistake about it: A group of FBI and DOJ people were trying to frame Donald Trump of a falsely created crime.”
As WBUR reported last year, many Trump supporters have been preparing for civil war since 2016, when it looked as if Hillary Clinton was sure to win the presidential election. Whether it’s groups like the Proud Boys calling for “more violence from the Trump people,” or Patriot Prayer brawling in the streets of Portland, Oregon with leftist protesters, far-right groups have become more militant in the last few years. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported this week that the number of right-wing hate groups across the U.S. has reached an all-time high.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.