The political divide has deepened and partisan rhetoric has coarsened substantially in recent weeks, if not the past several years, to the point that some Americans at various points across the ideological spectrum have begun to entertain thoughts of potential violent conflict in the United States.
In fact, according to MSNBC host Tiffany Cross, “the Civil War is here” and already occurring, and in her view is entirely due to conservative supporters of former President Donald Trump, The Free Press reported.
Talk of “civil war” emanates from the left
That declaration came Thursday evening as Cross filled in as the host of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” and discussed with guest Javed Ali, a former National Security Council official, the current evolving reaction of Americans to the FBI’s controversial and unprecedented raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.
Ali at one point rightly suggested that partisan rhetoric needed to be toned down, and while Cross insisted that she agreed, she nonetheless immediately ramped it up with scathing attacks on conservative Americans, right-leaning news outlets, and, of course, Trump and his supporters.
“You have millions of people tuning into a propaganda network every night,” Cross said without a hint of irony in reference to Fox News. “As if that were not bad enough — that’s an extremist network itself — you have these fringe pop-up outlets from OANN to Newsmax.”
“Then you have the social media component. The train has left the station. There is no dealing with the rhetoric,” she continued. “At this point, we need serious conversations around preparing for actual violence. People keep saying a Civil War is coming. I would say the Civil War is here.”
Cross has no patience for “conversations” with political opponents
Asked what could be done to reduce the possibility of political violence, Ali reiterated that heated partisan rhetoric needed to be cooled down and suggested that people have conversations with friends and neighbors to try and “de-escalate things,” according to the Daily Caller.
Cross immediately dismissed his advice about having “conversations,” however, as she snarkily replied, “I don’t know if it’s my ministry to have a conversation with a MAGA supporter. They have proven to be willfully ignorant in many ways, so good luck to the folks out there who are trying to do that.”
Emma Vaughn, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, told the Daily Caller in response to Cross’ commentary, “Dangerous rhetoric from the left led to an assassination attempt on a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice, Molotov cocktails at pregnancy centers, rampant crime in major cities, and an open border. Call out the left on their threatening hyperbole, then we will talk.”
Digging that hole even deeper
Fox News reported that Cross further ignored the advice from Ali during her own MSNBC program on Saturday morning, “The Cross Connection,” as she repeatedly insulted former President Trump — she called him “Mango Mussolini” and “Velveeta Voldemort” — and accused his supporters of instigating and engaging in violence against the government.
“The spike of violent rhetoric on MAGA message boards is reminiscent of what occurred before the deadly January 6 insurrection. We all remember that,” Cross said, and then added in a repetition of her Thursday remarks, “It’s not like the civil war is coming, it feels like the civil war is here.”