Sarah Palin Expresses Concerns about Potential US Civil War Amid Trump Prosecutions

Former vice-presidential nominee criticizes prosecutors and questions the possibility of escalating tensions, urging action from the Republican National Committee

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Republican vice-presidential nominee, has warned that the United States could be headed for a second civil war if authorities at both state and federal levels continue prosecuting Donald Trump.

During an interview with Newsmax on Thursday evening, Palin criticized what she called a “travesty” and the creation of a “two-tier system of justice” through the ongoing legal actions against Trump. She expressed her concerns, saying, “I want to ask them [the prosecutors], what the heck, do you want us to be in a civil war? Because that’s what’s going to happen. We’re not going to keep putting up with this.”

Palin’s remarks came as Trump surrendered himself to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia, resulting in the release of a historic mugshot. The former president, wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and red tie, appeared sternly at the camera. Officials have cautioned against potential violence from his supporters.

Currently facing 13 racketeering and conspiracy charges in Georgia, related to his efforts to overturn his 2020 defeat by Joe Biden, Trump also has 18 associates, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, facing charges alongside him.

In total, Trump, aged 77, confronts 91 criminal charges across four indictments, encompassing state and federal charges for election subversion, retention of classified records, and hush-money payments to a porn star. Additionally, he faces a civil trial for defamation linked to an allegation of rape for which he was found liable. Investigations into his business affairs also loom.

Despite the litany of charges, the former president has consistently denied any wrongdoing, asserting that he is a victim of political persecution. Leading national and key-state polls for the upcoming Republican presidential nomination, Trump opted to skip the first debate in Milwaukee this week.

Scholars have long warned of the potential for Trump’s actions to incite more significant violence than the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, where his supporters, urged to “fight like hell,” stormed the legislative building, leading to nine deaths.

Barbara F Walter, author of “How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them” and a former CIA advisor, has noted, “No one wants to believe that their beloved democracy is in decline, or headed toward war.”

However, she has also stated that if one were to analyze events in America as an outsider would for other nations, conditions indicative of potential civil strife are present. “The United States, a democracy founded over two centuries ago, has entered very dangerous territory,” she commented.

Palin’s prominence began when she was selected as John McCain’s running mate against Barack Obama in 2008 while serving as the governor of Alaska. Many experts now view her selection as a pivotal point that set the stage for an extremist shift within the Republican Party.

Palin’s presence has persisted, even after an unsuccessful congressional run last year. During the Newsmax interview with Eric Bolling, a former Fox News anchor, she called for collective anger and action to regain the country.

Addressing the Republican National Committee (RNC), Palin voiced her concerns about their role in the current situation, saying, “Where is the RNC? They hold the purse strings to the party. They hold the funds that can help out in this situation. They have the platform, and yet they’re too timid, a bunch of Rinos [Republicans in Name Only] running the thing. So the RNC, they better get their stuff together or we have to ask them too: What do they want as an outcome of this? Civil war?”

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