Roger Stone: 'Violence' If Trump Is Impeached

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Roger Stone, a former campaign advisor to President Donald Trump, has said there would be "violence" if Trump were to be impeached.

"The people who are calling for impeachment are the people who didn't vote for him," said Stone to TMZ when questioned at Los Angeles International Airport, Salon reports.

"They need to get over it, they lost," Stone said. "Try to impeach him, just try it. You will have a spasm of violence in this country, and insurrection, like you've never seen."

When asked if he really believed violence would break out if Trump were impeached, Stone answered: "No question."

He add that "both sides are heavily armed, my friend, yes, absolutely." He said there would be "violence on both sides," recalling Trump's statement after a violent white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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"This is not 1974, the people will not stand for impeachment," Stone continued. "A politician who votes for [impeachment] would be endangering their own life."

Stone concluded by saying he wasn't encouraging violence, but merely "predicting" it. When asked if he expected "Civil War-type" violence, Stone answered: "Yes. That's what I think will happen."

A poll conducted between Aug. 2 and Aug. 8 by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 40 percent of Americans supported removing Trump from office, a 10-point increase from the start of Trump's term, MSNBC reports.

Furthermore, 72 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independents said the president should be impeached, as well as 47 percent of women.

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The survey also found that 48 percent of Americans believed that there was clear evidence Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said she would seek to impeach Trump during a speech while accepting the 2017 Black Girls Rock Social Humanitarian Award, according to the Washington Examiner.

"I don't care how big you are, I don't care how high you think you are, if you come for me, I'm coming for you," Waters said. "And whether it's the president of the United States of America or any of his cabinet, we will say to them: 'We will resist you, we will not allow you to damage this country the way that you're doing, we will not allow you to take us backwards.'"

"Not only will we resist you, we will impeach you, Mr. President," said Waters.

In its preparations for the 2020 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee is reported to be preparing for the possibility that Trump will not be on the ballot, reports Vanity Fair.

Vice President Mike Pence is among those on whom the DNC is reported to be compiling opposition research.

"Needless to say, there is no historical precedent for this kind of challenge to a sitting president this early in his term," said conservative radio host Charlie Sykes. "I do think it’s important to begin to have these discussions, if for no other reason than to make it clear that there remain Republicans unstained by Trump’s presidency."

Sources: Salon, MSNBC, Vanity Fair, Washington Examiner / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Lizzie Ochoa/Flickr, Majunznk/Flickr

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