Adam Smith, the husband of Reopen NC leader Ashley Smith, streamed a violence-laden video to his Facebook page last Friday, referencing the possible need to kill people to prevent the “New World Order.”
“We’re taking up arms. It’s time for us to fight against this. We’re not going to stop. If you want to go to the full force time, we have the forces to retaliate. And that’s really at the end of the day the only thing that’s going to secure our freedom is our willingness to step up and fight. Do we want to pick up arms? Do we want to kill anybody? Of course not. Nobody wants to take lives,” Smith says in the video.
“We don’t want to kill anybody. But are we willing to kill people? Are willing to lay our lives down? We have to say yes. Is that violence? Is that terrorism? No. It’s not terrorism. I’m not trying to strike fear in the hearts of people by saying, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ I’m going to say: If you bring force – We’re going to bring force. If you bring guns, we’re going to bring guns. If you’re armed with this, we’ll be armed with this.”
The video was removed by Facebook, but Ashley Smith opted to post the clip in full to reiterate their position.
The organizers of the protest movement have met with with Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest, saying Forest “assured us of where his heart is at on this issue” and that they’ve been “taking guidance” from him.
“I had the honor of having a meeting with Dan Forest,” Ashley Smith said in a video for supporters . “He was just so encouraging of our cause. He said, ‘You guys really just don’t know how much power is behind your movement.’ It was just so good to be encouraged by him. That we’re doing the right things.”
Read the full story on Adam Smith’s tirade from WFAE.