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Ex-Congressman tweets he's grabbing his musket if Trump loses

Technically Incorrect: Former US Rep. Joe Walsh riles Twitter with a statement he insists is innocent.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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An incitement?

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The formula is fairly simple.

First, attain some sort of public profile. Next, tweet something that even people on Twitter will find outrageous. Finally, look at your critics with disdain that they so misinterpreted your intention.

And so we turn again to former Republican congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh.

On Wednesday night, his name began to trend on Twitter. Walsh had emitted this tweet: "On November 8th, I'm voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket. You in?"

Some people somehow believed that this was an incitement to armed insurrection.

After all, Walsh -- now a talk radio personality -- had enjoyed controversy for this tweet in July after the Dallas shootings: "3 Dallas Cops killed. 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you." Once outraged responses emerged, Walsh insisted that he wasn't calling for violence against the president or anyone at all.

Now he insists he's going to reach for his musket. Some concerned citizens might muse that it's actually better to grab a musket than what Donald Trump has claimed to grab.

However, not everyone was excited by the prospect of Walsh and his weapon.

Twitterer Tyler Conway, for example, was moved to point out: "grabbing a gun isn't civil disobedience you f---ing imbecile."

Many echoed his annoyed, appalled sentiments.

And so Walsh had achieved his aim. He had grabbed his Twitter musket, taken a shot and encountered heated opposition. Then came the time to explain that he meant something else entirely, silly.

Walsh didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, ABC News' Jake Tapper asked Walsh on Twitter what he meant. Walsh replied: "It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back."

This was, after all, the beginning of the final phase: the claim of innocence.

Walsh explained further to Yahoo News that he was talking "metaphorically": "I'm saying, 'If Trump loses, man, game on, grab your musket. We're going to protest. We're going to boycott. We're going to picket. We're going to march on Washington. We're going to stop paying taxes. We're going to practice civil disobedience.' Whatever it takes."

It was all going so well until that "whatever it takes" part. A good ole' musketeering expedition might surely go beyond civil disobedience and lurch into something a touch more bloody.

Walsh has continued to tweet away since re-attracting attention. He's explained that America is "permanently divided." He has asked God to bless Texas. And he has insisted that "Feminism is a JOKE!"

Some people speak in tongues. Joe Walsh speaks in metaphors.