MT. PLEASANT — Trent Hobbs, who posted on the Henry County Republican Party Facebook page stating patriots should prepare for a revolution and “stay locked and loaded,” has resigned from his position as chairman.
Hobbs said his comments were misinterpreted.
In a Wednesday night post, Hobbs wrote the country is “officially screwed,” and the republic is on the path to socialism.
“So from this time forward, patriots stay locked and loaded. Keep your family close,” Hobbs said.
About 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the post was removed from the website after the Southeast Iowa Union made several calls inquiring about it.
“Locked and loaded” is a phrase not a threat, Hobbs said. He continued to say he is not a violent person and condemns violence in every form.
Hobbs said he is a modern day Paul Revere warning people to be “alert, vigilant and stay safe.”
“Anyone who takes my comments any other way is part of cancel culture and hypocritical,” Hobbs said.
The original post came as the country watched hundreds of pro-Trump rioters breach the U.S. Capitol after protesting the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that confirmed Preside-elect Job Biden’s win.
“Get ready for the coming revolution as the storming of the capital today will be likened to the shot heard round the world that launched the first Revolutionary War,” Hobbs said in the post. “Only this time it will be Red vs Blue.”
Hobbs said anything can be misinterpreted if words are twisted.
“I am not a member of or support any militia,” Hobbs said. “That being said, I will stand to protect my family, my flag and my country.”
Hobbs apologized if anyone was offended by his post.
“But as in every day life, not everyone is going to agree with your point of view,” Hobbs said.
Before it was taken down, the post was condemned by some and praised by others.
“For the safety of our state, every IA Republican needs to publicly disavow these dangerous threats,” Julie Grimley said in a comment.
Shannon Eck said in a comment she reported the post to the FBI. Laurie Hollister said the post is the equivalent of calling fire in a movie theater.
“Public roads are socialism. The fire department is socialism. The department of public health is socialism. Seems like you need some education,” William Monroe said.
Others praised the post.
“Very well put Trent, and God bless you and your family for trying to help,” Lori Polka said.