A Virginia reverend issues a warning on election fraud, stating that it will have people “struck dead by God”

Former President Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination was indicted on four counts in August by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in relation to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. Special Counsel Jack Smith has led the DOJ investigation, accusing Trump of attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election that led to the U.S. Capitol riot. The former president, without any evidence, claimed that the election was stolen from him via widespread voter fraud. Trump has pled not guilty and has said that the case against him is politically motivated.

However, since the 2020 elections, debates over election fraud and voter rights have increased as voting measures continue to take hits across the country.

During a recent episode of his “America’s Black Robe Regiment” program, Reverend Bill Cook announced that his organization is going to be “combating election fraud” during the 2024 elections.

While speaking with Alex Newman, an executive editor at The Liberty Sentinel, Cook referenced a verse from the Bible, seemingly warning that anyone “involved in election fraud” will be “struck dead by God.”

“You read about what happened to Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 when they lied to the holy spirit, they were struck dead by God. We are going to bring that story to bear on everyone who is involved in election fraud. We are going to be saying to them beware when you do this because you might just find yourself standing before God a lot more sooner than you thought. It’s not going to be a happy time when you do,” Cook said.

Newsweek has reached out to Cook via email for comment.

Cook, who is the founder of America’s Black Robe Regiment, a fellowship of Virginia clergy and lay ministers who identify with the faith, patriotism and fighting spirit of the Rev. General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, continued by stating it would “cure” election fraud.

“Nothing would cure election fraud like a couple people dropping dead in the moment,” Cook added.

Right Wing Watch, an organization that monitors the activities of Radical Right political organizations, took to X, formerly Twitter on Wednesday to note Cook’s comments.

“Christian nationalist Bill Cook says his America’s Black Robe Regiment organization will be traveling to the swing states in 2024 to warn that anyone “involved in election fraud” will be “struck dead by God”,” Right Wing Watch wrote on X.

According to Right Wing Watch, this is not the first time Cook has made comments suggesting violence. In July, Cook issued a similar warning to FBI agents when he declared that God would soon start killing them and sending them to Hell for arresting those involved in the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot, Right Wing Watch reported.

This comes as criticisms over voting measures have ramped up.

A Florida state senator is seeking to curb the amount of mail-in voting by restricting those who are allowed to use the service.

Republican Blaise Ingoglia is pushing a Senate bill that reduces the eligibility of voters able to mail in their ballot by imposing a strict set of conditions.

The move has been controversial across the state and the wider United States, with critics arguing that it could amount to voter suppression or an attempt to influence electoral outcomes. But supporters argue that it would tighten up electoral security and protect the democratic process.

A voting booth is seen during the Kentucky Primary Elections at polling place in the Simpsonville Community Gym on May 16, 2023 in Simpsonville, Kentucky. A Virginia reverend issues a warning on election fraud, stating that it will have people “struck dead by God.”
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