MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson accused Republicans of being “terrorist sympathizers” because of their tolerance of Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results.
Johnson told MSNBC host Ali Velshi that there are “beginning stages” present in a “violent coup” attempt and that the protests at the state capitals are the first steps.
“Here’s the thing, and this is very important for people to understand. It’s not just that we are in a coup, but we are at the beginning of a coup that will only get more violent,” claims Johnson.
“You have people storming state capitols. We had people trying to kidnap the governor of Michigan, today in Oregon you had people breaking into the state capitol and shooting chemical agents at local police officers and journalists. They are all acting at the behest of Donald Trump.”
Johnson also said that Trump’s “stand back and stand by” statement to the Proud Boys, a group Johnson describes as a “terrorist organization or a terrorist sympathizing organization,” during the presidential debate is how he wants his base to react to the election results.
“The men and women in Congress who are pretending that this isn’t really an issue. They are now terrorist sympathizers because if you can’t stand up and see actual acts of violence that are happening in our states about this election, then you are sympathizing with terrorists,” says Johnson.