MSNBC panelists argued on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was not “democratically elected” and that he should be held “accountable for his actions” during the 2016 campaign.
During a segment Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews began discussing Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney, who pled guilty and was ordered to serve three years in prison for lying to Congress and other financial crimes.
Cohen claimed that Trump directed him to pay adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in 2016 as part of a nondisclosure agreement. Both women claim they had an affair with Trump over a decade ago.
MNSBC panelists argued that because voters in 2016 were not aware of the payments to both women, Trump was not a “democratically elected” as president and “robbed the American people of their right to vote.”
Legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Trump should be “held accountable” because he “robbed the American people of their right to vote — of full value of their vote.”
Matthews then claimed that Trump recently encouraged violence if he’s impeached.
“Donald Trump says that if he’s impeached over something like this, there will be a revolt. Now, I don’t know what metaphor level we take this,” Matthews said.
“Does he mean pitchforks coming into Washington? Does he mean tanks have to be ready to meet the people? When he says a revolt, now you can say that’s stirring up real trouble in this country, what do you make of it?” he added.
After agreeing with Matthews assertion that Trump could use “tanks” to revolt against impeachment, network contributor Natasha Bertrand peddled a conspiracy theory theory.
“We’re learning now that Trump my not be a democratically elected leader since he severely limited voters’ knowledge during the election and may or may not have worked with the Russians, but I think that it was definitely a signal to his base saying this is what you guys should do,” she said.
Trump has also said he never told Cohen to break the law and denied any ties to his crimes.
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” he said. “He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me,” Trump said.
After two years of Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigating, there’s no public evidence whatsoever that Trump colluded with Russia.
Given that theory has tanked, Democrats are now arguing that Trump should be impeached for alleged campaign finance violations.
Former President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign finance violations, which was one of the largest financial penalties ever levied against a presidential campaign.
When Obama committed campaign finance violations, the left didn’t bat an eye and never had any issues.
But when Trump is accused of the same thing, Democrats say he should be impeached and face jail time when he leaves office.