On Wednesday, MSNBC host Chris Hayes claimed President Donald Trump was “plotting, in open, in public, repeatedly, a coup to steal the election and hold onto power.”
“We begin tonight with a chilling moment, I’ve got to say. I don’t know any other way to say it — the president of the United States threatening violence to stay in power,” Hayes accused Trump.
Rather than commit to a peaceful transfer of power, the president just said that if you get rid of the ballots, he can guarantee it will be peaceful because there will be no transfer and he will continue rule.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 23, 2020
Hayes: ‘When Explicitly Asked To Commit To A Peaceful Transfer Of Power Today, He Declined’
“Sounds weird coming out of my mouth, but that’s what happened,” he said on his show “All In.”
“When explicitly asked to commit to a peaceful transfer of power today, he declined, and this was his response.”
Hayes then played a video from a press conference earlier in the day in which a reporter asked the President, “Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transfer of power after the election?”
Q: "Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election?"
Trump: "…There won't be a transfer frankly there'll be a continuation." pic.twitter.com/Q4cmSPqdvB
— The Hill (@thehill) September 23, 2020
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Trump: ‘The Democrats Know It Better Than Anybody Else’
Trump replied, “We will have to see what happens. You know that. I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”
The reporter repeated the question, “I understand that, but people are rioting. Do you commit to making sure there is a peaceful transfer of power?”
Trump responded, “We want — get rid of the ballots, and we’ll have a very peaceful —there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation. You know it. You know who knows it better than anybody else?”
“The Democrats know it better than anybody else,” Trump added.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 24, 2020
Hayes Accuses Trump Of Plotting ‘A Coup’ To Steal The Election
Hayes said, “Just to be clear if you are talking to a person and you ask them to commit to behave peacefully, and they refuse, they’re threatening violence, right?”
“What the president is doing here is the most explicit that he has been about his plans for this election,” Hayes said. “He’s plotting, in open, in public, repeatedly, a coup to steal the election and hold onto power.”
Hayes added, “Again it all sounds crazy to say, but those are the plain facts as assembled before us.”
“It is not a behind-the-scenes type of thing,” Hayes finished. “It is happening in public, in plain view.”
Mediaite has the entire video here:
Chris Hayes Goes Off on ‘Chilling’ Trump Election Remarks: Openly Plotting ‘Coup to Steal the Election and Hold Onto Power’ https://t.co/ylFOGFAb3t
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 24, 2020
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