Disgraced Trump administration figure Michael Flynn boasted on Sunday that maybe he’ll “find somebody” in Washington with a new assault-style rifle given to him at California church.
Flynn, the former national security adviser pardoned by Donald Trump for lying about his Russia contacts, made the jaw-dropping remark after he was gifted the gun at the “Church of Glad Tidings” in Yuba City, California. Church members roared with laughter and clapped when Flynn suggested hunting humans in the nation’s capital.
“We were trying to come up with a rifle that we thought was appropriate for a general, so we went with an old-school Woodland camouflage ... one of our top-quality guns,” said Jason Parker, who works for a gun company. The weapon he presented to Flynn appeared to be a Woodland Camo AR-15.
A smiling Flynn responded loudly: “Maybe I’ll find somebody in Washington, D.C.”
In a lengthy address earlier to the congregation in a video since deleted by the church, Flynn railed against the imagined evil “deep state” and the “military-industrial-security complex.” He specifically targeted the FBI and the CIA.
Rachel Vindman, wife of whistleblower Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, was among those who denounced Flynn on Twitter. She said Flynn, a retired Army general, “should be recalled to active duty and court-martialed.”
“This is putting the country at risk,” McCaffrey said on MSNBC. “I have never heard anything like this ... in the last hundred years. This [is] completely irresponsible, provocative language.”
McCaffrey predicted then that the U.S. Department of Justice was going to be “hard-pressed not to consider whether this language is criminal in nature.” But no action was taken.
Last year, Flynn retweeted a call for Trump to keep the White House by force, and reportedly urged Trump to use the Insurrection Act to declare martial law to stay in power.
Twitter critics were appalled at Flynn’s threat with his new rifle. One accused the Yuba church of “arming domestic terrorists.”