MSNBC’s Barnicle: ‘Harry Reid Is Right’ to Call Bundy Supporters Domestic Terrorists

Harry Reid came under fire for saying yesterday that supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy are “domestic terrorists,” but on Morning Joe Friday, Mike Barnicle defended Reid and said there’s no question he was right to identify them thusly. He said, “Terrorism is a noun. The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal. Those people on the ground in Nevada are terrorists under that definition. Harry Reid is right. The prosecution rests.”

David Gregory said people need to be more careful about throwing around phrases like that, while Eugene Robinson agreed that it’s not necessarily helpful for Reid to make comments like that, comments that could potentially escalate the situation.

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Barnicle said the language could possibly be a bit much, but stood by the main point of how dangerous the situation in Nevada looks.

“There is something deeply troubling that’s going on in this country. There’s a level of paranoia in this country among some elements of people who regard the federal government, our government, the United States government as the principle enemy in their lives. There’s something deeply upsetting here.”

Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

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