The chance of another American Civil War has loomed on the political landscape within the last many years, with one news host now suggesting that it could already be underway.
MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross on Saturday hosted writers Jelani Cobb and Barbara F. Walter on her behalf show, The Cross Connection, to go over the chance of a civil war instigated by former President Donald Trump and his MAGA supporters. Through the conversation, Cross suggested that this type of conflict has “already begun.”
“Nowadays, it feels as though we are not only at the brink of a civil war, but that certain has recently begun,” Cross said close to the start of the conversation.
To back up her supposition, she shared two clips: among Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying that violence would erupt if Trump were arrested, and another of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon agreeing with a Vox article that accused the MAGA movement to be “a threat to the American state.”
“So Trump supporters already are speaking the language of violence,” Cross said after showing the clips. “They’re threatening the FBI, the DOJ, hawaii itself. Which is all because they defend their dear leader. Now, it’s a lot more than just threats, though. Their rhetoric has recently resulted in actual violence, and there’s likely more ahead. And I won’t need to remind you the way the MAGA mob sacked the Capitol on January 6 in order to overturn the 2020 election.”
Cross then noted the way the Republican field of candidates features many who’ve voiced support for Trump’s false claims of election fraud, resulting in concern for most they would help him overturn another election. Concern in addition has mounted after Trump offered pardons to those mixed up in January 6 riots, which some seen as a tacit offer of pardons to any supporters who commit violence on his behalf.
“Now, a few of these folks are now candidates for office seeking to run our elections and, to be honest, our government,” Cross continued. “And for all those insurrectionists being prosecuted, discount Don, is, quote, financially supporting many of them and offering to pardon the lot if he’s reelected in 2024. A lot more than 40 percent of Americans think a civil war is probable within the next decade. That is clearly a big number. Is this where history will say it began?”
Later in the segment, Walter, a scholar about the American Civil War, decried GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy for using dangerous rhetoric in the quest for their short-term political goals. She also compared their rhetoric compared to that of Slobodan Miloevi, the former president of Serbia within Yugoslavia in the 1990s, who was simply named an autocrat and war criminal for his involvement in the Bosnian War.
Tempers among Trump’s supporter base flared the other day following a speech from President Joe Biden on Thursday decrying extremism among “MAGA Republicans” and recent threats of violence against federal police following a FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Biden also made a veiled mention of Senator Graham’s comment about violence following Trump’s potential arrest.
“The theory you start a television and see senior senators and congressmen saying, ‘If such and such happens there’ll be blood on the street’?” Biden said. “Where in fact the hell are we?”
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s office for comment.