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Reacting to an article in The Atlantic, a “fact-based” Meet the Press panelist, without evidence, claims that ex-President Donald Trump and his supporters are plotting a coup — or Insurrection 2.0 — in 2024, an allegation which he insists is not at all hyperbolic.
According to journalist John Heilemann, who ironically is the executive editor of a website called The Recount, asserted that this potential conspiracy is “fact” on the NBC program Sunday morning.
“There’s this research that shows that something like at least eight percent and it maybe as many as 12% of the American people now say that Joe Biden was illegitimate and that violence is an appropriate tool to removing him and restoring Donald Trump,” he declared.
“That’s a number between 20 and 30 million people. That’s a mass movement in America in favor of political violence, which is a new thing. We’ve had violence in America before…but this is 30 million people right now who are ready to take up arms. You put that together with what the president, the former president I should say, and his allies are doing in the political realm, statehouses, state legislature, and the party apparatus, to be able to engineer a situation where they are in a stronger position to pull off a coup in 2024 than they were in 2020; that’s not hyperbolic at all. Those are all facts.”
Heilemann was one of many journalist who pushed the Russia collusion hoax and at one point wondered if U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) could possibly be “compromised” by the Kremlin.
In the context that the January 6 anniversary is just around the corner, MTP host Chuck Todd, whose show must be desperate for content, teed up the feedback-loop segment by referencing The Atlantic article that is headlined “Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun.”
Todd read one paragraph from the essay which claims that “Trump and his party have convinced a dauntingly large number of Americans that the essential workings of democracy are corrupt, that made-up claims of fraud are true, that only cheating can thwart their victory at the polls, that tyranny has usurped their government, and that violence is a legitimate response.”
The panel apparently did not address the riots that swept America in the summer of 2020 which some consider was tantamount to an insurrection as well.
Parenthetically, Donald Trump insisted that the real “insurrection” occurred on Election Day, November 3, owing to what he considers a stolen election amidst a flurry of mail-in ballots rather than the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Another MTP panelist who was identified as a “Republic strategist” lamented how Trump’s endorsement of candidates in elections around the country is very influential.
“If we have people all across the country who are put in a position where they will not confirm or certify an election result, that’s the nightmare scenario that I’m worried about. It’s very clear that’s what they’re trying to do all across the country. And then you take it a step further, the real nightmare scenario is a GOP Congress in the House that won’t certify a democratic election down the road.”
The main takeaways seem to be that liberals are very concerned that MAGA-style, pro-voting-integrity Republicans, rather than RINOS, will win a majority in Congress in 2022 at the ballot box, i.e., in what might be perhaps described as a completely peaceful constitutional protest, and that Trump will gain a second presidential term two years later.
The left also seems to be test-marketing a coordinated narrative about the GOP installing Trump as president no matter what and in the process casting doubt on the 2022 results as well.
MSNBC falsely warns of 'rolling coup,' GOP 'will not certify a democratic victory in 2024’ if they control House https://t.co/nKaESnWKo7
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) October 11, 2021
“This feels as if we’re entering a place that is gonna get darker and darker if the election is less than one percent on any level,” Todd lamented.
The MTP discussion is yet another example of how the left in America, including the Beltway establishment, has reached peak projection.
That is, conspiracy mongers condemn conspiracy theories, democracy underminers pretend to protect democracy, authoritarians lament authoritarianism, misinformers complain about misinformation, censors masquerade as free-speech advocates, includes engage in exclusion, political cultists accuse others of cult membership, bullies bemoan bullying, and the list goes on.
Many Twitter users have more or less reached the same conclusion. Here is just a selection of the outpouring:
Has John Heilemann ever said anything which wasn’t the conventional wisdom of the NY/DC media hive mind? Ever? I mean seriously, it’s almost statistically impossible not to have an interesting take just once, yet somehow he’s managed it. Impressive in a way.
— TNizzle (@TNizzle621) December 12, 2021
@bartongellman Funny coming from a crew that spent 4-5 years destroying trust in the 2016 election process and excusing away lefty street violence by ANTIFA/BLM-related people.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 12, 2021
Siri, what’s the definition of projection?
— hgtp://brocktology (@Brock11581) December 12, 2021
Is this Meet the Press or a new dystopia Tv series for @netflix ? Are you serious about people going to war for Trump? What a hyperbolic but dangerous joke!!
— AV Mena ♂✝️ 🇪🇸 #Vaccineiseverybodybusiness (@avmena) December 12, 2021
You know it’s hyperbolic when they have to say “it’s not hyperbolic”
— Karl Harmdierks (@Kharmdierks) December 12, 2021
MSM morons doing their best to incite panic and fear that Trump will be reelected, without confessing that Biden himself is ensuring Trump’s return to POTUS.
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) December 12, 2021
It’s getting “darker and darker” thanks IN LARGE PART to Chuck Todd and the MSM.
And I say this with great sadness since NBC and MSNBC used to be allied with the good guys.
Now, they are bought & paid for by the oligarchs. FU Todd
— Liberallinda (@LindaRosenbaum2) December 12, 2021
Brought to you by the very same people who screamed Trump was “illegitimate” from day one and screeched about “stoking fears” when Republicans warned about CRT in VA Governor’s race 😂
— Go Irish (@sjenk26) December 12, 2021
Before we discuss 2024, which is yet to occur, let’s account for “Russian Collusion” and NBC’s collusion with the DNC and other seditionists inside the Federal bureaucracy who created/perpetuated this 5 year “story.”
Not hyperbole. Not projection. Fact. On the record.
— Peter Korman (@pjkorman) December 12, 2021
Because there has been no repercussions to those who destroyed cities summer 2020 and who are now organizing crime waves. Dems are totally silent on violence. This panel is projecting their own behaviors on Trump and GOP – good lord
— mas (@masegesta) December 12, 2021
You can expect lots more of this kind of hysterical fearmongering from the Left as ’22 & then ’24 approach.
— Athis (@AthisEire) December 12, 2021
Nope, moderate Democrats who watched our cities destroyed by shutdowns,crime and school closings will usher Trump in 2024
Perhaps the @DNC will get it, you don’t screw over your constituency for radical policies such as defunding the police..smdh.
— LisaMarieB (@LisaMarieB9) December 12, 2021
Democrats = Hypocrisy: these are the same people who played along with the Russian campaign collusion hoax for 4 years. #EndOfMessage
— Tony Morocco (@AJMorocco) December 12, 2021
I think that’s the thing that continually surprises me, just how many people Trump broke. What used to be rational, normal humans running around believing the sky is always falling.
— Valerie Weisenfeld (@VWeisenfeld) December 12, 2021
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