30 million Americans ready to ‘take up arms,’ MSNBC claims
MSNBC’s national affairs analyst John Heilemann shocked many Americans by claiming on a Sunday show that “20 to 30 million people” are ready to “take up arms” to remove President Joe Biden from office.
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd focused on a recent Atlantic article declaring that Donald Trump’s “coup has already begun” for a segment, finding Heilemann in total agreement with the piece’s premise.
“There is this research that shows something like 8% and maybe up to 12% who say that Joe Biden was illegitimate and that violence is a suitable tool to remove him and restore Donald Trump. This represents between 20 and 30 million people,” Heilemann said, claiming these supposed “20 to 30 million people” are ready to “take up arms.”
These Trump supporters, he added, represent a “mass movement in favor of political violence.”
WATCH: The Donald Trump coup in 2024? @jheil lays out the extraordinary realities of the mass movement in America."This is 30 million people right now who are ready to take up arms" to restoring Donald Trump in office. "That's not hyperbolic at all. Those are all facts." pic.twitter.com/Qc4kZRXnVs— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) December 12, 2021
In the Atlantic article, by Barton Gellman, it is argued that Trump’s “coup” will “rely on subversion more than violence,” and the January 6 Capitol riot is described as “practice” for the former president. Gellman claims political maneuvering by Trump and his supporters, as well as the installation of the right supporters in the right positions nationally and locally, could lead to a 2024 presidential election that is not decided by ballots.
Gellman’s ‘prediction’ had already faced some scrutiny from people chalking it up as hyperbolic partisanship, and Heilemann’s declaration that tens of millions are waiting in the wings to “take up arms” was met with some eye rolls and criticism of MSNBC for airing such “irresponsible journalism.”
“The last few years have convinced the press that fear – and fear alone – sells,” journalist Drew Holden tweeted.
“Too much of our news has become PANIC TV to get you fearful and grab your attention. It’s irresponsible,” author Daniel Darling added.
This, uh, seems high https://t.co/qPM5uAk6Jq— Griswold Family Christmas (@HashtagGriswold) December 12, 2021
Absolutely irresponsible journalism. https://t.co/W57x9b8i3r— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) December 12, 2021