- Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo said Tuesday that he may be on medical leave.
- The announcement comes after Caputo acted on a 26-minute Facebook rant conspiracy theories, warned of a post-election armed uprising by left groups, and said his "sanity has definitely failed".
- He also predicted that Trump will win the election, Joe Biden will not admit, and if Trump "refuses to step down on inauguration, the shootings will begin".
- Caputo's remarks were, in many ways, a more extreme version of the comments the president himself made on COVID-19 and the elections.
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Michael Caputo, the spokesman for the US Department of Health, told employees on an "emergency call" on Tuesday that he might soon be on vacation. Politico reported.
Caputo made the reported announcement after a lengthy Facebook rant advocating conspiracy theories and warning that his "sanity has definitely failed".
He also stated on the Facebook Live video that he experienced emotional distress while away from his wife and working in Washington, DC.
In his 26-minute Facebook post first reported by the New York TimesCaputo described seeing "shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, the shadows are so long there alone." He went on to say that the rising number of COVID-19 deaths in the US has affected him and told viewers, "They don't wake up every morning talking about dead Americans."
Caputo also accused scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for no reason, of planning "how they are going to attack Donald Trump next. These are scientists who work for this administration and don't want America to get well until after Joe Biden did it." is. " President."
Trump will win the November general election, but Biden, the Democratic candidate, will refuse to admit, Caputo said, adding that the shooting will begin if Trump "refuses to step down on inauguration."
"Hit teams are being trained across the country" to spark an armed revolution against a second term for Trump, Caputo said, according to The Times. "You understand they have to kill me and unfortunately I think that's going to go there."
Caputo recently came under fire for attempting to interfere with the CDC's bulletins, but Politico said he told staff on Tuesday's call that he did not receive any of the bulletins, the so-called weekly reports of morbidity and mortality , actually read.
In many ways, Caputo's conspiratorial Facebook rant echoed the comments made by the president in the months leading up to the election. He repeatedly claimed that the coronavirus pandemic was being exaggerated by the "fake news" media and democratic lawmakers.
Trump has also hinted that there is no legitimate way for him to lose the November election and that the only way he will lose is to be "manipulated" against him. At a rally over the weekend attended by a tightly packed group of mostly maskless supporters, Trump said he could try to "negotiate" a third term because he was "probably entitled" to do so.
Following protests against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Trump also reinforced racist conspiracy theories about an "invasion" of violent groups of "thugs" in US suburbs, led by the far-right group Antifa.
In an August tweet, Trump claimed the "suburban housewife" will vote for him because "they want security and are thrilled that I ended the long-running program of low-income homes invading their neighborhood".