On her MSNBC show this morning, Katie Phang and two lawyer guests all suggested that Trump's Truth Social post calling on people, in response to his apparently imminent arrest, to "Protest, Take Our Nation Back," could be the basis for additional criminal charges against him.
Are the MSNBC folks aware that not long ago, another prominent politician repeatedly used a virtually identical phrase? Indeed, that politician actually gave a speech entitled, "Taking Our Country Back," employing that phrase no fewer than six times in the course of remarks. The speech repeatedly called on people to "fight!"
Even more shocking, the speaker bragged to the audience, "I come to you with bloody knuckles" after 120 days of fighting the Trump administration.
Bloody knuckles? Such violent imagery . . . Kamala Harris! Yes, it was Harris who, as a US senator, gave that speech to the California Democrat Convention, just two years before launching her ill-fated, short-lived quest for the White House.
Given his current circumstances, the advisability of Trump's post can be debated. But the notion that the calling on people to "protest. Take back the nation" constitutes a crime is debatable, to say the least.
But for the liberal media, to borrow Kamala's catchy phrase, it's just one more "bloody knuckles" attack on Trump.
On her MSNBC show, Katie Phang and two MSNBC legal analysts claiming that Donald Trump calling on people to "protest, take back the nation" could constitute a crime was sponsored in part by Chase, Wayfair, and Tums.
Here's the transcript.
The Katie Phang Show
8:20 am EDT
KATIE PHANG: If you're looking at the screen now, we actually have that post. And it is in all caps, lengthy, with questionable punctuation. But it does indicate that he will be arrested on Tuesday of next week. Those are his exact words.
And then, immediately following those words, quote, "Protest. Take our nation back," indicating to his followers that they have to quote, take our nation back.
Which is obviously concerning. And it makes you wonder whether or not he knows that he's actually maybe walking himself into more allegations that he's inciting violence?
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Assuming, arguendo, this is Donald Trump posting on Trump Social, excuse me, Truth Social, and these statements are being made. Could these things be used against Donald Trump? These posts on Truth Social?
GLENN KIRSCHNER: Yeah, Katie, under the rules of evidence, this is what we call a statement of a party opponent. I would slap a government exhibit sticker on this post, and I introduce it at his criminal trial.
And this is a dark moment in our nation's history. I'm glad you got to break the news, Katie. Because what we have just seen is basically, come to DC on January 6th, it will be wild, 2.0. . . . Here he is being reckless and, arguably, inciting imminent lawless conduct all over again.
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PHANG: I know you're familiar with the post that was just done by former President Donald Trump on Truth Social. Asking and indicating, asking his followers to appear to protest, excuse me, to protest and to take our nation back.
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CHARLES COLEMAN: Quite frankly, given what we've seen with January 6th, if anything does, unfortunately, go left when it comes to Monday, we're looking at additional potential charges with Donald Trump with respect to inciting violence. And, again, I don't want to necessarily get ahead of ourselves and put the cart before the horse, but that is a distinct possibility. Especially given what we've already seen.
So a message like this could only further embroil Donald Trump into deeper legal entanglements, in a way that I don't necessarily think that he's considering the serious ramifications of.