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A Pro-Trump Sheriff Is Calling For People To Riot With "Pitchforks And Torches"

The sheriff has previously called Black Lives Matter protests "primitive" and "subhuman behavior."

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As more and more women come forward to allege they were sexually assaulted by Donald Trump, the candidate has doubled down on claims of a conspiracy to rig the election against him.

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Heeding his words, many of his supporters have begun calling for violence if Hillary Clinton is to win.

“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor, told the Boston Globe. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take...I would do whatever I can for my country.”

The violent rhetoric went a step further on Saturday when David A. Clarke Jr., a conservative Milwaukee sheriff, said it was "pitchforks and torches time."

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Though registered as a Democrat, Clarke is a prominent Trump supporter, and spoke at the GOP convention in July.

People were horrified at the sheriff's words, calling his statement "sedition" and saying it "[incited] mass violence."

For those who don't think threat of post-election civil unrest is real, here's the elected (pro-Trump Dem) sheriff… https://t.co/U092ZIOdzY

A sheriff inciting mass violence. Just another Saturday. https://t.co/xh5lWgFa9o

@SheriffClarke A man elected to maintain law and order calls for mob violence and insurrection. 'O say can you see...'

This is a hair's breadth away from outright sedition https://t.co/VMR6uYHquk

@SheriffClarke To be clear: you want to kill people, like me, who choose a different candidate?

And many pointed out the irony that Clarke vehemently opposes the Black Lives Matter movement, even calling one such protest "primitive" and "subhuman behavior."

so you're calling for white people riot now..when black people did it over an actual injustice you called them thugs https://t.co/ERbCte7P1i

This is a sheriff encouraging rioting. BTW he's the same "law and order" sheriff who speaks against protests when t… https://t.co/CwfzasQSDP

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Clarke for comment.

Julia Reinstein is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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