Michael Caputo, chief spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, said last week, “When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin.” The country is already super-polarized socially, racially, economically, educationally, religiously, and politically, and as Trump would say, he wouldn’t want “people to panic.” In addition, Caputo said "If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get."
This is the chief spokesperson for Health and Human Services! He’s talking about an armed insurrection coming from the far left, like a second Civil War. This is totally irresponsible and has no place in American public discourse. When are people going to stop demonizing those who disagree with and disapprove of Trump? Has Caputo forgotten that it’s the extreme right that is sending armed militia into state capitols to disrupt the legislative process?
We’re a nation of 330 million people, at least half of whom are bitterly divided over their political differences, and we don’t need a senior government official in any federal agency talking about Americans killing each other. Least of all a spokesperson.
It’s bad enough that Trump is going all over television the country discrediting the legitimacy of this presidential election, so much so that people don’t know who or what to believe anymore.
Caputo should have been fired immediately by HHS Secretary Alex Azar or Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and show there may yet be at least one grown up left in this administration.
To his credit, Caputo called an emergency staff meeting to apologize and say that he may need to go on medical leave. Truth is, he may be suffering from a mental illness. In my view, the evidence is certainly there. He has no place in government. If he wants to be a public servant, he should start serving by leaving, or be arrested.
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.