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The Schmooze

Sarah Silverman Calls for, Then Backs Down From, a Military Coup

Comedian Sarah Silverman shook up Twitter this week when she suggested that the military overthrow President Trump.

“WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE,” she wrote. “ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE.”

Silverman posted her tweet on Wednesday, the same day protests broke out over alt-right writer Milo Yiannopoulos speaking at UC Berkeley. The comedian later appeared to have a change of heart, taking to Twitter on Thursday night to say that “fear” had driven her previous tweet.

“FEAR can motivate even peacenik snowflakes 2 incite violence & last night I felt it hard. Trying 2 keep in check bc damnit I love u America,” she wrote.

Silverman was an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, and later backed Hillary Clinton. She has been a vocal opponent of Trump and his administration, taking to Twitter on a daily basis to rip apart the president and his executive orders.

“Our country is being run by racist misogynistic science deniers who can’t see beyond their own joyless greed,” the comedian tweeted last week. “HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at glassman@forward.com or on Twitter at @theakglassman.

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