In at least two separate radio interviews during her campaign for Nevada U.S. Senate, Republican Sharron Angle appeared to suggest the possibility of an armed insurrection against the U.S. government. Saying that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment “was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government,” Angle added, “if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.”
While her campaign repeatedly dodged reporters’ questions pressing Angle to clarify her remarks, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Angle in an interview that aired on Top Line today what she meant. Angle at first tried to distance herself from her statement. “I don’t think that is exactly the way I said it,” she said. But later in the interview, Angle didn’t rule out the possibility of a violent revolution:
KARL: And of course Jefferson said the tree of liberty needs to be fed with the blood of tyrants and patriots from time to time but can you foresee us getting in a situation where there is such anger in this country that we’re in a revolutionary situation?
ANGLE: well I think at the conclusion of that discussion I said I hope not.
KARL: But do you think it’s possible?
ANGLE: Well of course anything is possible I suppose.
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent spoke with one of the radio hosts that Angle informed of her views on “Second Amendment remedies.” “The talk show host she spoke to tells me he doesn’t have any doubt that she was floating the possibility of armed insurrection as a valid response if Congress continues along its current course,” Sargent wrote when he first reported on Angle’s remarks in June.
Also during her interview with Karl, Angle denied that she said entitlement programs “violate the First Commandment.” “I don’t think that’s what I said,” Angle replied (it is what she said). “That was a discussion I was having with CBN. We were talking in very Christian terms, that’s what the Christian Broadcasting Network is so you speak the language of the folks you’re communicating with,” she said.