- Donald Trump’s words will “surely kill again,” said Steve Schmidt, co-founder of the anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project.
- Schmidt said the media had wrongly suggested Trump was losing influence over the country and the Republican party.
- “Trump has the ability to kill and destroy with the spoken word … His words will surely kill again,” he said.
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Donald Trump’s words will “surely kill again,” Steve Schmidt, former GOP strategist and co-founder of the anti-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project has said.
Schmidt made the comments while criticizing what he called the “profoundly stupid” media coverage ridiculing Trump’s decision to shut down his personal blog.
The president shut down his blog last week after reportedly becoming furious that it was not receiving enough website traffic or engagement from readers.
However, Schmidt, a former Republican strategist who resigned from the Lincoln Project in February amid numerous controversies at the organization, said too much media coverage had wrongly suggested that the closure of Trump’s blog was evidence of the former president’s declining influence over the country and the Republican Party.
“Some have posited that Trump’s loss, social media bans, and inability to sustain a blog are evidence of his decline, irrelevance and diminishment,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
He added: “These people are fools and their delusions are dangerous for the survival of American democracy. We are at an hour that requires people to wake up. Trump is powerful and he is a clear and PRESENT danger to our democratic society and national stability.”
-Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 4, 2021
“Trump has the ability to kill and destroy with the spoken word. His words; his lies, delusions and conspiracy theories have caused bloodshed. That is what happened on January 6th. His words will surely kill again.”
Trump was impeached for a second time over his role in the January 6 riot, when he was accused of inciting violence that led to hundreds of his supporters storming the Capitol building in an attempt to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people, including a police officer, died as a result of the violence.
Schmidt called Trump the “presumptive nominee” for the Republican presidential candidacy in 2024, and said that the numerous ongoing criminal probes into Trump’s personal and financial dealings would not stop his candidacy.
“A Trump indictment will not kill off Trump or his movement, it will simply hasten his candidacy,” he said.