On Sunday, President Trump tweeted a quote from Pastor Robert Jeffress, who on Fox News had said that the removal of Trump from office would "cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation." Jeffress seemed to be envisioning a political "fracture," not an actual civil war.
Joe Scarborough added fuel to the fire on Tuesday's Morning Joe, interpreting Jeffress' statement and Trump's tweet of it in the most inflammatory possible manner. Scarborough alleged that [presumably by citing Jeffress' statement], President Trump was making "calls for civil war." What's more, Scarborough accused Trump of "sending a message" to supporters to "commit acts of violence." Scarborough also seemed to suggest that Trump embraced the violent plans of the pipe bomber and Coast Guardsman, and was encouraging similar actions now.
Scarborough said that things were getting "dangerous" and "out control." But if anyone is scare-mongering, it is Scarborough himself. What kind of left-wing kooks could Scarborough be stirring up by suggesting that we're on the brink of civil war, and that President Trump is sending supporters out to commit acts of violence?
Here's the transcript.
6:21 am EDT
JOE SCARBOROUGH: The thing is, when he makes these calls for civil war, rank and file Republicans aren’t going to listen because they actually understand how this republic works. But there are people that don’t have guardrails up and he’s sending a message to them to commit acts of violence. He’s seen it before. He’s seen it with the pipe bomber. He’s seen it with the Coast Guard person who drew up a hit list of media members and his Democratic challengers. He knows what he’s doing and it’s getting dangerous and out of control.