‘Hardball’ flipout: Trump’s ‘playing with fire’ with Jerusalem, a ‘potential Benghazi’

President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sent liberals into spasms, especially over at MSNBC.

On Wednesday’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews discussed the president’s decision with panelists who did little to hide their dismay over Trump’s announcement that his administration would begin to take steps to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Where are we going to be now for the next couple of months with the Arab Islamic world which is a billion people… in places where we’re vulnerable,” Matthews wondered.

“We’re much more vulnerable than Israel. We don’t have a wall,” he added, panicked that there are people in places that can “bomb the hell out of us” as traveling Americans are “targets” for violence abroad.

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell fed the fire, declaring that the U.S. State Department “has sent out more alerts to embassies and consulates around the world” amid fears over security.

“By the way, are we spending more money on embassy security despite all this Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi? Are we doing any more to protect our troops out there?” Matthews asked.

Politico’s Michael Crowley jumped in with his take on how Trump is “playing with fire” and his decision on Jerusalem is a “potential Benghazi,” likening the scenario to the 2012 Islamic militant group attack on government facilities in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, dead.

“And you mentioned Benghazi, to help people visualize what the stakes are here,” Crowley said.

“Benghazi was part a wave of protests around compounds around the world. A dozen plus. In some cases people went over the fence,” he continued. “And so you’re really playing with fire here, that’s what we’re talking about as potential Benghazi.”

Trump’s decision to follow through on the 1995 law requiring the embassy to be moved, which his predecessors failed to comply with, sparked praise and criticism from all expected players.

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley came to the president’s defense Wednesday on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” setting host Wolf Blitzer straight on the administration’s “common sense” decision.

“We’re moving something forward that hasn’t been done in 22 years. And this is about results and this is about courage,” she said.

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