When Donald Trump was in the White House, he was at least around Republican lawmakers who would tell him he was going too far. Since he’s been out of office, though, Trump has been operating without guardrails. And now, the rhetoric of the 45th president is becoming even more charged.
Calling Trump’s comments this weekend in Texas “alarming,” Scarborough told viewers, “You have seen the rise of authoritarianism, and it is certainly what we all understand Donald Trump has been wanting to do for quite some time. If you can’t win an election, steal an election, overturn an election — that’s what he was saying, talking about Mike Pence.”
The MSNBC host continued, “But, again, Donald Trump is now speaking in shorthand, now saying what he really means,” Scarborough added. “He wanted a free and fair election overturned. Why? Because he didn’t win, and, again, his words have consequences.”
Scarborough closed his comments:
“This new sort of almost fascist — I don’t know, do you say almost fascist after Jan. 6 or do you say fascist? His fascist instinct to use violence to overturn government institutions, we’re actually seeing it at Trump events where you have people asking, when do we start using guns? You are seeing it at forums. This past weekend, I believe it was, you had a Michigan Senate candidate telling people to bring guns to polling places. If they didn’t win, they needed to be locked and loaded. Basically saying, if we can’t win at the ballot box we are going to win by killing people.”
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