Jay Stang, the Texas chapter president of the Oath Keepers, said on June 11 that a second civil war in the U.S. is "guaranteed" (video below).
Stang made his prediction during an interview with Rob Dew of InfoWars.com, a conspiracy website run by Alex Jones, during a "March Against Sharia" rally in Austin, Texas.
The rally was one of several across the country organized by ACT for America. The Oath Keepers volunteered to serve as security, noted The Washington Post.
The Oath Keepers website describes the group as "a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to 'defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.'"
"If the state troopers were not here, there would already be a street war and bodies in the street," Stang told Dew. "Kudos to them for keeping everybody calm, and as rational as they will ever get."
The Texas Observer noted that about 50 "March Against Sharia" protesters turned out, while there were about 300 counter-protesters.
The protesters reportedly held signs that said, "Sharia enslaves women," "Say 'no' to homophobic refugees," and "Drain the swamp." One of the protesters had a Confederate flag.
The counter-protesters, some of whom were armed with axe handles, shields, and sticks, chanted, "Anti-Muslim bigots, out, out out!" and, "No Muslim ban on stolen land!"
Riot police separated the two groups, and the "March Against Sharia" protesters left without marching or giving speeches.
Stang compared Islam to Nazism and communism, and told Dew that all the counter-protesters were being paid:
They're all told where to show up, what to do. Now, our enemy is learning and adapting. There are three people with some AK variance here, and now they've learned to keep their fingers straight, and off the trigger. So it would be a mistake to assume that your enemy would stay dumb and untrained forever.
"Do you think there’s a chance for a civil war in America in the next three years?" Dew asked, and Stang responded: "No, I think it’s guaranteed."
One of the anti-Sharia protesters, wearing pro-Trump clothing, told The Texas Observer: "We’re good people. We’re just out here against Sharia law. We just don’t want to see law that negatively impacts people."
When the protesters' rally ended, the counter-protesters shouted: "What happened to your march?" and, "Whose streets? Our streets."
The rally's organizer, Lauren Morris, told The Washington Post that her event was not anti-Muslim, but rather in opposition to Sharia law: "It brutalizes them and robs them of their dignity, and it will not take hold in the West."
Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said: "The anti-Islam rallies were a bust. We’ve seen a tremendous rise in the level of anti-Muslim bigotry in our society -- and against minorities of all kinds -- but we’ve also seen a tremendous rise in support."
(Note: Stang interview starts at 1:00 mark)