MSNBC’s John Heilemann on Fox News’ Use of ‘Coup’: ‘This Language Is Dangerous’


Over the weekend, Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro doubled down on her previous declaration that the FBI and DOJ needed to be cleansed and that those leading the “criminal cabal” should be led out in handcuffs. Pirro’s latest rant came on the heels of Fox News’ Jesse Watters claiming that we may have an anti-Trump coup on our hands.

During a panel discussion this evening on MSNBC’s Hardball, analyst Jon Heilemann stated that this level of rhetoric from Fox News opinion hosts was “designed to rile people up.” Furthermore, in his opinion, it could lead to violence down the line.

“This language is dangerous, and we’ve been around long enough to see this virulent anti-government language leads to,” Heilemann said, after host Chris Matthews asked him about the use of coup. “It leads to blowing up the Murrah building in Oklahoma City. This hopefully will not get there. That’s the potential consequence of it.”

The Game Change co-author further noted that you are also seeing extreme rhetoric from the Trump administration as a way to claim that the “fix is in” when it comes to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“That’s the kind of thing House Republicans who are taking up this language increasingly as if getting talking points directly from the White House,” he added. “You can imagine them saying we can’t impeach [Trump] no matter what Mueller says because he has been this the bag from day one.”

Later on in the segment, host Chris Matthews asked former prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers about Pirro claiming those in the FBI and DOJ are guilty of crimes. Rodgers said it was nothing more than rhetoric while stating that Pirro and lawmakers parroting that language should “know better.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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