Boris Epshteyn, President Donald Trump’s 2020 strategic adviser, scolded CSPAN host Jesse J. Holland for ignoring a caller who seemed to threaten Trump supporters with “bloodshed,” noting, “I don’t think we should keep going” when the host tried to take another call.
“This morning a Trump supporter was killed, was shot and killed in a drive-by in Milwaukee. I don’t know if you got that news, but the people in Milwaukee are waiting for those troops to come in because they got weapons, and it’s going to be a lot of bloodshed when they come, so that’s all I got to say,” the caller identified as a Democrat named John said.
Epshteyn reacted, “What’s that supposed to mean?”
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) July 26, 2020
“Now you’ve got people on your air threatening our lives? Is that what it is, Jesse?” Epshteyn asked when Holland attempted to move to the next caller.
“I don’t think we should keep going, we just had a caller call in that said shooting Trump supporters is right,” Epshteyn said. “Anybody who is a Democrat or independent should listen to what that gentlemen just said and realize where the Democrats are in this country. They’re threatening our lives. It is disgusting, it’s despicable and it’s criminal.”
The threatening call comes after this weekend saw the tragic shooting of a black Trump supporter in Milwaukee, who was identified as a well-liked fixture of the city’s Black community who supported Black Lives Matter and President Trump.
Bernell Trammell, 60 years old, was shot and killed Thursday afternoon before a storefront with signs in the window supporting Trump’s reelection. Trammell was a local business owner in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee and ran a small business from the storefront.
Epshteyn said he hoped the Secret Service would investigate the caller but Holland didn’t respond and went straight to the next caller.