Former MSNBC personality-turned podcaster and zealous anti-Trumper Keith Olbermann recently made headlines when he called for the arrest of President Donald Trump. Now he’s turning on the president’s supporters.
As reported by Breitbart, Olbermann put out a now-deleted tweet on Thursday in which he demanded that Fox News host Tucker Carlson be arrested.
The declaration came in reaction to an earlier tweet from left-wing activist and self-described “Deep State operative” William LeGate that read, “Tucker is now telling his audience that Trump’s supporters own 60–70% of the guns and they could take to the streets blood ‘would flow.’”
Olberman retweeted LeGate’s comment and added, “Again, this is an overt and unmistakable call for widespread violence and requires the arrest of Tucker Carlson.”
Remarks about bloodshed not Carlson’s
Yet as Breitbart author Warner Todd Hudson pointed out, Carlson said nothing of the sort. Rather, he was quoting Democrat operative Lawrence Wilkerson, who was theorizing about possible election scenarios in which Trump refused to concede.
“If Trump calls his base to the streets with their guns — his base owns something like 60 to 70% of the 300, 400 million guns in America,” Wilkerson said during an August appearance on Bill Maher’s HBO program “Real Time.”
“If they answer that call and come to the streets with guns, then we probably are going to have a need for the military,” he continued. “And then all bets are off as to how much blood might flow.”
Some Democrats want “employer/ criminal sanctions” for Trump supporters
Olbermann is hardly alone in calling for Republicans to face post-election consequences. Last month, former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich called for the establishment of a South African-style truth commission.
“When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” Reich announced to his Twitter followers on October 17.
He added, “It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”
Some seemed to think the idea didn’t go far enough, with one Twitter user asking if Trump supporters could face “proper investigations followed by employer/ criminal sanctions where the case is made?”
Reich’s plan received a significant amount of push-back, but the long-time progressive responded by mocking those who expressed alarm, saying, “I love the people responding to this tweet as if it’s a radical, undemocratic idea.”