The fallout from a speech Republican U.S. Senate frontrunner Mike Durant made in 2011 to the U.S. Army War College regarding the use of a military tactic that disarms the public to restore "law and order" continues to make waves.
Remarks resurfaced on Saturday in which Durant claimed disarming the public could work to restore law and order in some U.S. cities. Still, he argued it was not a preferred method because it tended to incite more violence.
Durant subsequently dismissed those raising concerns about his views on the Second Amendment, arguing those 2011 comments were "mischaracterized."
However, Stan Mcdonald, the co-chairman of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks' Senate campaign, argued the 2011 speech revealed Durant's darker views of conservatives.
Mcdonald, who also served as the chairman of U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville's winning 2020 campaign, told Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show" that based on those statements, Durant viewed conservatives as "domestic terrorists."
"He's apparently not principled," Mcdonald said. "He is not conservative. Yet, he wants to be in the body of the 100-most powerful legislators in the country. So I don't think there's a whole lot of balance to his appetite for power. And he wants to be the other senator from Alabama, yet -- tone-deaf does not even describe what he is.
"[F]irst of all, he believes the way to preserve public tranquility is that the military and the law enforcement has all of the guns, that the people don't. He literally was fine -- now when do you have riots? It's when you're taking away the guns. He wasn't saying you solve the riot by going in there by force. He said, 'Well, when you take away their guns, you're going to cause rioting.' OMG -- he's got to therefore believe that there are domestic terrorists who are conservatives. He's got to believe that."
In comments to 1819 News, Durant's campaign spokesman Scott Stone called the Brooks' response "disgraceful".
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