OPINION

MSNBC Continues Its Meltdown Over Election Audits.

Chris Hayes calls for the jailing of those who continue to question the 2020 election results.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article here about MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough going on a rant about the ongoing Maricopa County, Arizona, audit of the 2020 presidential election. Scarborough stated that anyone who questioned the election results should leave the country.

‘It is an increasingly militant insurrection,’ — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

I described this as an all-time low for MSNBC, but a few weeks later, they topped it: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes described the Maricopa County election audit as “ridiculous and dangerous.” On June 3rd, Hayes ridiculed Pennsylvania GOP State Senator Douglas Mastriano for visiting the Arizona audit. The audit, Hayes said, was an “assault on democracy.”

“They are trying to destroy” democracy’s legitimacy, Hayes said of those who question the election results. The audit is a “mass delusion,” he claimed, that will cause damage and destruction to democracy.

A few days later, again on MSNBC, Hayes called those who question the results of the 2020 presidential election “anti-democratic.” “It is an increasingly militant insurrection,” Hayes said (emphasis mine). Hayes condemned Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for lawfully defending Texas election laws against a myriad of lawsuits that were designed to change existing election laws. (Judges sided with Paxton in all of those lawsuits).

Hayes also condemned Trump aide Mark Meadows for reportedly requesting the Justice Department to investigate allegations of election fraud, a crime that falls within the Justice Department’s jurisdiction. Hayes then turned his venom on Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for attacking “free and fair elections.” Finally, Hayes accused those GOP congressmen, Senators, and state legislators who support audits, and GOP state attorneys general who used lawful means to attempt to challenge the 2020 election results, and of course Trump, of unlawfully attempting to overturn the election.

Maybe Chris Hayes thinks those who drive pick-up trucks and fly American flags—obvious Trump supporters according to Mara Gay—should also be imprisoned.

What penalties have those who questioned and continue to question the election results faced, Hayes asked. They haven’t faced any consequences thus far, so they will continue their efforts unless “some of them go to jail.” Let’s recap: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called for the jailing of those who continue to question the 2020 election results. Joe Scarborough told them to leave the country. Chris Hayes wants to imprison them. That is how banana republics deal with their opponents.

Joe Scarborough.

Joe Scarborough.

Not to be outdone, in a more recent “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC discussing the so-called  “Trump threat” to democracy, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay stated how disturbed she was when she recently visited Long Island and saw white people in pick-up trucks flying dozens of American flags. “Tens of millions of Trump voters,” she said, don’t want to share democracy and America with Blacks and people of color. Those whites who fly American flags are saying to Blacks, “this is my country, not yours.” “We have to figure out,” said Gay, “. . . how to separate Americanness, America, from whiteness.” Hosts Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski agreed.

We just celebrated Memorial Day, when we honor those Americans of all colors and genders who died fighting for their country, and Americans of all colors and genders proudly displayed American flags that day. Maybe Chris Hayes thinks those who drive pick-up trucks and fly American flags—obvious Trump supporters according to Mara Gay—should also be imprisoned.

We’ve come a long way since Huntley and Brinkley—a very long way.

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Francis P. Sempa is an attorney and the author of Geopolitics: From the Cold War to the 21st Century and America’s Global Role: essays and Reviews on National Security, Geopolitics, and War.