The top communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services ran through a series of baseless conspiracy theories in a Facebook Live video, accusing government health officials of “sedition” and warning of a post-election insurrection by left-wing “hit squads.”
The broadcast from Michael Caputo, who President Donald Trump appointed in April as the department’s assistant secretary of public affairs, was first reported by the New York Times.
Caputo, a former Trump campaign official, warned without evidence that “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to violently oppose a second Trump term, according to the New York Times. He predicted that Trump would win a contested election, sparking chaos.
“And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said, according to the report. “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing.”
Caputo told gun owners to “buy ammunition, ladies and