Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in a Texas town that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the FBI’s raid on the Branch Davidians doomsday group there.
The 1993 Waco siege was a 51-day standoff between the US government and the Branch Davidian.
They are said to be excited about Trump’s weekend rally in Waco and consider him ‘God’s anointed’.
The Branch Davidian is said to regard the former president as “the battering ram that God is using to bring down the Deep State of Babylon.”
The FBI raid on the group’s Mount Carmel compound, which Branch Davidians view as government overreach, is similar to what they claim happened to Trump.
Donald Trump has scheduled a rally in Waco, Texas, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the FBI raid on Branch Davidians formerly led by David Koresh. He is photographed last weekend.
Fire consumes the Branch Davidian Compound during the FBI assault to end the 51-day standoff with cult leader David Koresh and his followers in March 1993.
David Koresh, photographed in 1981, taken at the Mount Carmel compound of the Branch Davidians cult near Waco, Texas. Koresh, the leader of the cult claiming to be Christ, and his followers were involved in a confrontation with police at the compound in 1993.
Holding a Trump rally in Waco is ‘a statement: that the FBI besieged him at Mar-a-Lago and that they were accusing him of different things that are not really true, just like David Koresh was accused by the FBI when they besieged it,’ Koresh’s successor, Pastor Charles Pace, said. New York Times.
Trump has not publicly made the connection between his rally and the anniversary with a spokesperson claiming that Waco was chosen simply as the location for the rally because of its central Texas location.
“(Trump chose Waco) because it is centrally located and close to the four largest metropolitan areas in Texas: Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, while providing the necessary infrastructure to hold a rally of this kind. magnitude”. Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said.
But there is no question that Trump chose solidly Republican territory in Waco, where he won around McClennan County by more than 20 points in 2020.
It is unclear if the fire was started on Koresh’s orders or when tanks loaned to the FBI blew holes in the compound and pumped tear gas, hoping to end the 51-day siege.
Cult leader David Koresh’s apocalyptic vision of doomsday came true when arson believed to have been set by his followers destroyed his prairie compound as federal agents tried to drive them out with tear gas after a 51-hour standoff. days.
Deputies are shown going through debris after the Branch Davidian fire. The red flags correspond to the place where the bodies were found.
Who are the Branch Davidians?
The Branch Davidians were a religious group that formed in the 1950s and was led by David Koresh in the 1990s.
The group was a branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and believed in apocalyptic teachings.
They settled on a property near Waco, Texas, known as Mount Carmel, where they lived in a compound.
The group came to national attention in 1993 when the FBI launched a siege on the compound, leading to a 51-day standoff and ending in a fire that killed 82 Branch Davidian members, including Koresh, and four federal agents.
The siege was the result of the government accusing Koresh of storing illegal weapons and endangering children inside the compound.
The Waco siege has been the subject of much controversy and debate, with some questioning the government’s actions and others criticizing the actions of Koresh and the Branch Davidian.
The city includes Baylor University, the nation’s largest Baptist university, and is the home decor empire of ‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines.
City officials said this week they were ready for the rally. “It’s a lot of eyes, national attention,” said Jonathan Cook, Waco’s director of parks and recreation.
He Houston Chronicle The editorial board accused Trump of “stirring the Waco fires” in a column published this week.
The Waco siege began when the government charged the group’s leader, David Koresh, with storing illegal weapons and endangering children inside the compound.
Negotiations between the government and the Branch Davidian failed, prompting a raid by federal agents.
The raid resulted in a shootout and a 51-day standoff ensued, during which time the government tried to negotiate the release of the children and other members of the group.
The standoff ended when the government launched a tear gas attack on the compound, eventually starting a fire that killed 82 Branch Davidian members, including Koresh, and four federal agents.
Trump’s visit to Texas comes as New York prosecutors wrap up their investigation into whether he participated in an illegal secret money scheme involving a porn actress.
Trump, who has denied any sexual encounter with Stormy Daniels, raised the specter on his social media site of “years of hate, chaos and confusion” if charges are brought.
Former President Donald Trump warned Friday of “death and destruction” if he is indicted next week in the Stormy Daniels secret money case.
On Friday, Trump posted violent rhetoric on his Truth Social platform, warning of possible “death and destruction” if he is impeached in Manhattan for allegedly covering up the Stormy Daniels secret money case.
Trump has used the post to raise funds for his 2024 presidential campaign as he went on to predict his arrest last week.
He has long been critical of the federal police. When the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago club last summer as part of an investigation into possible mishandling of classified documents, he broke the news by declaring that his home was “currently besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.