On MSNBC’s Sunday morning Joy Reid show, a panel of paranoid lunatics came up from their bunker to proclaim that the world is ending, as they can recognize hidden signs that President Trump will not leave office if he loses the 2020 election.
The video segment is absolutely stunning in its irresponsibility and for a litany of bizarre, baseless, fear-mongering conjecture.
A clip of discredited perjurer Michael Cohen led off the angst-fest, showing him speculate before Congress that Trump will not leave office peacefully. He said, “Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”
Host Joy Reid and the panelists amped up the anxiety level bit by bit from there.
“Well now, the Speaker of the House has voiced the same concern,” reported Reid. “Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave an interview to the New York Times, saying she doesn’t trust the President of the United States to step down if he loses reelection next year.”
“For Nancy Pelosi to recognize and identify that in this President he has these autocratic tendencies,” said attorney Midwin Charles. “but then on the other side to say that impeachment isn’t proper is just mind-blowing. The way we are going, who knows what kind of democracy will be by November 2020? That’s the concern. And she seems to be missing that.”
Wow. That might be worth a careful re-read. But the escalation of shared leftist nightmares is only beginning.
“Nothing about Donald Trump is normal,” claimed Elizabeth Holtzman, former Democrat representative and current lobbyist. “He’s the most abnormal and the most dangerous thing that’s ever happened to this country, because you see the shades of fascism. The President has several incentives to stay in office … not only that he loves the power and he loves the parades, and he loves all of the trappings of it, but he can face indictment, prosecution, maybe even jail once he leaves office for various activities that he’s under investigation for right now.
“The real danger and I don’t think we can put it aside, we do have a danger because of his disrespect,” Holtzman continued. “I go back to Watergate. While the Saturday Night Massacre was going on, I still remember that Nixon called for a national emergency and the troops were put into readiness state, and people got really nervous. And we also know that Defense Secretary Schlesinger, gave out an order to the military not to obey a command from the President of the United States unless he approved it first. And that could happen again, the problem is we have an acting (Defense Secretary) right now in the Pentagon. Do we have people who are prepared to stand up for our democracy and this government?”
“But he doesn’t have any intention of committing to a peaceful transition of power, and he’s got monarchists in his party who are willing to give up their authority … as Congress, they’re willing to give up all their authority in order to be obedient to him,” Reid alleged.
Jumping on the burning bandwagon columnist E.J. Dionne yowled, “I agree with her that he will try to play games if the election is close.”
Reid apparently thought the time was right for some more Nixon, though no one really had an explanation for how Trump was materially connected to the disgraced former president who left office almost 50 years ago. “According to reporter Seymour Hersh,” she said, “Nixon intimates began to believe that he was contemplating some sort of a coup d’etat to maintain power. An unnamed member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Hersh that in one meeting, Nixon called himself ‘the last hope,’ and claimed that the eastern elite was out to get him. Said the four-star officer, ‘his words brought me straight up out of my chair. I thought the President, without the words having been said, was trying to sound us out to see if we would support him in some extra-constitutional action. He was trying to find out whether in a crunch there was support to keep him in power.’
“So it’s not completely unprecedented that the President at least contemplates the idea of staying in office unconstitutionally. How much of a threat do you think there is of that now with this President?”
Not completely unprecedented? What’s unprecedented is that some old unverified speculation about a President’s supposed intentions 50 years ago is the basis for politically biased conjecture today regarding a current president’s fictional future thought crime.
“I think it’s a much bigger threat now for several reasons,” said Jill Wine-Banks, a lawyer who was a Watergate prosecutor. “One, is the media has multiplied in a way that didn’t exist during Watergate. In Watergate, we had basically three networks and they all had the same facts. Now you have this awful thing where we have a bubble of people who believe facts that are totally made up.” Hmmm … pregnant pause inserted here.
“You could say it can’t happen here,” she continued. “I think a lot of people in past history have said the same thing and it did happen. And we have to be vigilant now, and we have to really get out the vote to make sure that we change administrations so that the rule of law returns, because I do think this is a significant threat.”
Video by MSNBC
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