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Jonathan Karl claims his far-right ally used the phrase “Come Retribution” – linked to the plot to assassinate Lincoln – following the March speech

Donald Trump’s far-right ally and adviser Steve Bannon used Confederate code words linked to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to describe a speech by the former US president before his historic first criminal indictment, according to a new book.

On March 6 of this year, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Trump took aim at Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney then widely expected to bring charges over secret payments to porn star Stormy Daniels , making Trump the first former president ever criminally charged.

Trump told his audience: “I am your warrior; I am your judge. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution. I am your reward.

In a forthcoming book, Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of the Grand Old Party, Jonathan Karl, ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent, writes: “When I spoke with Bannon a few days later, he has continued to extol the merits of Trump. performance, calling it his “Come Retribution” speech.

“What I didn’t realize was that ‘Come Retribution,’ according to some Civil War historians, served as a code word for the Confederate Secret Service plot to take hostages — and ultimately murder — President Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington on April 14, 1865, by actor John Wilkes Booth. The president died the next day.

Karl is the author of two best-selling books – Front Row at the Trump Show and Betrayal – about Trump’s rise to the presidency, his time in the White House, and his defeat by Joe Biden.

In his third book on Trump, excerpted Thursday in The Atlantic, Karl cites a 1988 book, Come Retribution: The Confederate Secret Service and Assassination of Lincoln.

“The use of the key phrase ‘Come Retribution’ suggests that the Confederate government had made a bitter decision to repay some of the misery inflicted on the South,” the authors write. “The bitterness may have been directed at people seen as particularly responsible for this misery, and Abraham Lincoln was certainly at the top of the list. »

Bannon, Karl writes, “actually recommended that I read this book, erasing any doubt that he intentionally used Confederate code words to describe Trump’s speech.

“Trump’s speech was not an open call for the assassination of his political opponents, but he advocated their destruction by other means. Success “is within our reach, but only if we have the courage to finish the job, gut the deep state, reclaim our democracy, and banish tyrants and Marxists into political exile forever,” he said. Trump. “This is the turning point.”

According to Karl, the “Come Retribution” speech “was a turning point in Trump’s re-election campaign.”

Trump got off to a slow start to his 2024 campaign, but then took a sizable lead over his Republican Party rivals in national polls and in key states, despite an indictment now totaling 91 counts and two civil lawsuits, one for his business practices and one for a defamation claim. stemming from a rape allegation that a judge called “substantially true.”

Karl writes: “The (federal) trial date for the 2020 election interference charge has been set for March 4 (2024); for the affair of silence, it is March 25; for the classified documents affair, it is May 20.

“As Election Day approaches and (Trump) faces these many days in court, he will wage a campaign of vengeance and martyrdom. He will continue to talk about the stakes of the election in apocalyptic terms – “the final battle” – knowing how high the stakes are for him personally. He can win and take back the White House. Or he can lose and go to jail.

Bannon reportedly said: “Trump is offensive and talks about real things. The “Come Retribution” speech had 10 or 12 major policies.

But, Karl writes, “Bannon knew that the speech was not about policy in the traditional sense. Trump talked about who he would target once he returned to power.

“We will take down the deep state. We will expel the warmongers,” Trump said. “We will drive out the globalists; we will drive out the communists. We will get rid of the political class that hates our country… We will defeat the Democrats. We will rout the fake media. We will appropriately expose and handle RINOs. We will kick Joe Biden out of the White House.

“And we will free America from these villains and villains once and for all. »

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