Photo: Mark Wilson, TNS In a since-deleted Facebook post, Michael Caputo,top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services in Trump administration accused U.S. government scientists of “sedition” and claimed left-wing hit squads are gearing up to kill him and other supporters of the president. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/TNS)
WASHINGTON – A top communications official for the administration’s coronavirus response urged President Donald Trump’s supporters to prepare for an armed insurrection after a contested election and accused government scientists of “sedition” in a Facebook Live chat that he described in detail to The Washington Post on Monday.
Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the coronavirus response, leveled the accusations and promoted other conspiracy theories in a Facebook Live event first reported by The New York Times. Caputo confirmed the authenticity of the video in comments he made to The Post.