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‘It is a scary time,’ Trump backer Amy Kremer tells MSNBC. Witches ‘are placing a hex on Brett Kavanaugh.’


Amy Kremer, co-founder of the group Women for Trump, is worried — Republicans aren’t safe.

“It is a scary time right now,” Kremer said Sunday morning during an appearance on MSNBC. She had been prompted by host Ali Velshi to discuss the prevalence of violent language in political discourse, specifically words such as “mob” and “gangs,” which are often used by President Trump and other Republicans to describe liberals.

A tea party activist and stalwart supporter of Trump, Kremer immediately sprang to the president’s defense, ticking off a list of instances in which “the left” and the “mobs going on out there right now” have made it difficult for high-profile conservatives to go anywhere without being harassed.

But, Kremer said, the attacks experienced by Republicans and White House officials have gone beyond being run out of restaurants or fending off public confrontations. Now, it appears they even have to worry about threats from the supernatural world, namely angry witches.

“Now, you’ve got witches that are placing a hex on [Supreme Court Justice] Brett Kavanaugh,” Kremer said, putting particular emphasis on the word “hex.”

The debate surrounding Republicans claiming liberals are an “angry mob” began after the show returned from commercial. Velshi played a clip of Trump from his rally in Kentucky on Saturday, during which the president once again made reference to the “angry left-wing mob.”

“This language that’s coming in, it’s shown up in the last couple of weeks aggressively in the president’s rallies and in some other rallies by Republicans. What do you make of that?” Velshi asked Kremer, who was joined on the segment by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank and Michelle Bernard, president of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy.

“The left, there are mobs going on out there right now,” she said. “Look at what happened to Senator Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, a mob running them out of a restaurant.”

Kremer went on to attack Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has made public calls for protests of Trump administration officials, and referenced a gunman who opened fire on a congressional baseball team’s practice in 2017. The shooting, which Kremer called an “attempted assassination of a congressman,” left five Republican members of Congress injured, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).

“That shooter had a list in his pocket of other Republicans that he was going to go after,” Kremer said.

Describing the political climate as a “scary time,” Kremer noted that “there’s a list of things going on,” before mentioning the witches putting a hex on Kavanaugh, whose confirmation was held up because of allegations of sexual misconduct, which he vehemently denied. Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Oct. 6.

“It is concerning,” Kremer said. “This type of behavior is going on and it’s concerning to all Americans out there. As I said to you, in the last segment, I have been a victim of these attacks as well. It’s not anything any of us should have to live with.”

On social media, the claim that Kavanaugh was going to be a victim of a witches’ brew was met with disbelief.

“At what point do you decide that conspiracy theorists aren’t allowed on your show?” one person tweeted.

In another tweet, tagging Kremer, the user wrote, “sweetheart, witches aren’t real, they don’t exist.”

Contrary to popular belief, the witches Kremer mentioned are real, and so is the plan to put a hex on Kavanaugh.

According to a Facebook event called “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh,” dozens of witches will gather in Brooklyn on Saturday for a “public hex on Brett Kavanaugh, upon all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens, rewards and protects them.”

As of early Monday morning, more than 1,300 people have indicated that they are attending the already sold-out event, which will take place at Catland, an occult bookstore described as “Brooklyn’s premier metaphysical boutique and event space.”

“We are embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it’s history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like [Kavanaugh],” the event’s description reads. “He will be the focal point, but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and all of the axes you’ve got to grind.”

Brooklyn-based witch Dakota Bracciale, who is organizing the ritual, told Time the event is an “act of resistance.”

Bracciale has organized three hexes against Trump, HuffPost reported. In an interview with Newsweek, Bracciale said those hexes were a success because the president has been “exposed,” “humiliated” and “invalidated” since the spring of 2017.

“Basically, it’s all about causing suffering,” she said. “And we intend to make Kavanaugh suffer.”

In addition to the all-important spell, the ritual will include effigies of Kavanaugh, graveyard dirt and coffin nails, USA Today reported.

But beyond the malevolence associated with hexes, Bracciale told HuffPost, the event is intended to be cathartic.

“Even if you don’t believe in the magic of it, you’re given the space and the affirmation, having your voice heard, feeling a sense of fellowship and camaraderie,” she said. “We’re putting out the message that you’re not alone, we’re not leaving you alone with the monsters.”

The bookstore can hold only 60 people, so the event will be live-streamed, and instructions will be shared on social media for those interested in doing the ritual on their own, HuffPost reported. On Facebook, organizers noted that 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the Ali Forney Center, a community center dedicated to helping homeless LGBT youths.