Bruce Ash, Arizona’s RNC Committeeman, who stunned Republicans two years ago with a call for violence against conservative radio talker James T. Harris, has now called for presidential candidate Donald Trump’s top campaign staff to be shot execution style.
Harris tweeted after the threat: “AZRNC Committeeman Bruce Ash calls for “execution” of Donald Trump staff on radio! #don’tkneecapme.”
“This is not just on Prebius, this is on Trump also. The men that he was supposed to have in the RNC watching the chicken house weren’t watching the chicken house, and they oughta be taken in back of that shed and shot in the back of the head execution style because they fell down on their duty and let this happen,” stated Ash.
Ash was clearly upset when he spoke on Saturday afternoon. He was blasting Reince Prebius’ decision to appoint former Congresswoman Enid Mickelsen to chair convention the Rules Committee. Ash said that Trump’s top men Ed Brookhover, Paul Manafort, and Corey Lewandowski were “asleep at the switch.”
Ash admitted that Trump was not his “first, second, or third choice.”
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“You would think by now the Republican Party would learn that if they don’t stop a cancer in its tracks it will grow. Ash is a cancer that has grown across Arizona and now is metastasizing. Bruce Ash’s rhetoric has brought havoc to southern Arizona candidates, and now is spreading hate, and division on a national level,” stated Harris.
According to The Hill, “The party’s rules currently bind delegates to the results of their state elections on at least the first ballot, a rule that would ensure Donald Trump is named the party’s nominee. But there has been repeated speculation that the rules committee could be used to take the nomination from him.”
Ash, who serves on the Rules Committee for the RNC, complained bitterly on air about Prebius before he called for the “executions.” In southern Arizona, Ash has pretended to be a friend to conservatives while regularly working with democrats and members of the Republican establishment to undermine them. Saturday’s rant appeared to be a typical Ash move; using bravado and ugly rhetoric to embarrass the very party he claims to support.
Ash has been working towards replacing Prebius with someone of his liking after the convention, and to that end he is selling himself as a grassroots Trump supporters’ champion. Ash and his cabal do not support Trump, but according to sources, the money flowing to them – should they succeed – is what counts.
In 2014, on the same radio show, Ash called Harris to be “kneecapped” because he did not support the establishment candidate; now Congresswoman Martha McSally, in her run for Arizona Congressional District 2. Harris had supported the grassroots candidate, Chief Master Sergeant Chuck Wooten.
One GOP insider, who wants to remain anonymous, stated: “If you look at Trump’s team in Arizona it isn’t hard to imagine that leadership screwed up. The group he has here is a joke. With the exception of DeWit, the rest is every operative who could not get on any other campaign.”
Whether or not Ash was right, and Trump’s team failed, it is hard to imagine that their actions or lack thereof warrant the death penalty.