Republican Mark Burns, who is running for Congress in South Carolina, advocated violence against anti-fascist activists
Addressing a crowd of right-wing knuckleheads at a ReAwaken America rally in Keizer, Oregon, on April Fool’s Day, Mark Burns, delivered a “don’t turn the other cheek” message to his audience, saying he’d happily “Will Smith” Antifa and Black Lives Matter” and “put one of them to sleep.”
Burns, who in 2016 lied about his education and US Army service, also urged conservatives to start smashing the car windows of anti-fascist activists.
According to Right Wing Watch, Burns claimed that “Antifa” protestors, who gathered outside the event outside the event were placing sharp objects under the wheels of attendees’ cars in an effort to damage their tires.
While at the event, Burns sat down for an interview on “The Black Conservative Preacher” show, where he insisted that Christians should not turn the other cheek, as Jesus commanded, but rather strike back twice as hard.
You see an Antifa flag, knock out their window.
He then flippantly added:
Forgive me, Jesus. Lord, forgive me. I’m asking for forgiveness right now … the problem is we’re being too cowardly and too weak and we think that man has authority over us when we serve a big God who has given us power and authority to tread over every demonic spirit.
So, if they’re gonna knock out a window, you go knock out two of theirs. Y’all better go buy some swords in the name of Jesus. Go start knocking out some windows!
Burns then attempted to backtrack, insisting that he was not advocating violence but was simply promoting “self-defense.”
I’m only saying that if they’re going to knock out our windows, we’d knock out theirs too. They believe that we Republicans are soft and we are quiet and we are cowering down to Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
The devil is a liar. Don’t let my title [of pastor] confuse you. I’ve been waiting for Antifa! … I’m here, come get me. That’s my mentality. Come get me. Want some? Get some.
According to Wiki, Burns claimed to have held a Bachelor of Science degree from North Greenville University and that he served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
In August 2016, those claims were disproved by CNN. In fact Burns attended North Greenville University for one semester and did not receive a degree. Burns served from 2001 to 2005 in the South Carolina Army National Guard, which is unrelated to the Army Reserve.
Burns said the false claims about his life on his website were the result of the website being hacked. Later he admitted that he had lied about his education, but said he was attacked because he is “a black man supporting Donald Trump for president.”
Burn’s campaign website says he was labeled by Time Magazine as “Donald Trump’s Top Pastor” and named one of the “16 People Who Shaped the 2016 Presidential Election.”
It says he’s the Co-Founder & CEO of The NOW Television Network, a Christian television network based out of South Carolina that reaches 236 million homes in the US & 83 countries including sub-Saharan Africa & Western Europe on digital cable television, satellite, Apple TV, Amazon, Android App, ROKU & online at theNOWnetwork.org.
Pastor Burns is a renowned motivational speaker that has energized audiences across the country with stories that inspire greatness out of anyone listening just like his “All Lives Matter” Speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention which has inspired the world.
After serving six years in the South Carolina Army National Guard, Pastor Burns founded the multicultural, non-denominational contemporary church The Harvest Praise & Worship Center of Easley. Pastor Burns has been blessed with seven adult children.