Harold Hutchison on August 19, 2022
MSNBC host Tiffany Cross claimed that “civil war” was imminent in the United States Thursday evening.
“You have millions of people turning into a propaganda network every night,” Cross said. “As if that were not bad enough, that’s an extremist network itself, you have these fringe pop-up outlets from OANN to Newsmax. Then you have the social media component. The train has left the station. There is no dealing with the rhetoric. At this point, we need serious conversations around preparing for actual violence. People keep saying a Civil War is coming. I would say the Civil War is here.”
Republicans and conservatives have expressed outrage at the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, claiming it was an “abuse of power” by the Justice Department. Cross, who was guest-hosting “The ReidOut,” referred to an incident at the Cincinnati field office of the FBI, where a man armed with a nail gun and a rifle tried to break in before being killed after a standoff, then asked Javed Ali, who once handled counterterrorism for the National Security Council, what could be done to prevent violence.
“On the average everyday American side, just trying to be a responsible citizen,” Ali said. “If you’re hearing this rhetoric from a neighbor or a friend or somebody like that, engaging in a conversation to try to cool things down. Right now, yes, the atmosphere in the U.S. is very heated. Hopefully, we can de-escalate things.”
“I hear your point about having a conversation,” Cross said. “I don’t know if it’s my ministry to have a conversation with a Gaetz supporter.”
The host went on to characterize the supporters of Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida as “willfully ignorant.”
“Dangerous rhetoric from the left led to an assassination attempt on a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice, Molotov cocktails at pregnancy centers, rampant crime in major cities, and an open border. Call out the left on their threatening hyperbole, then we will talk,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Gaetz and MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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