NBC historian Michael Beschloss, who is known for making hyper-partisan and fanatical claims, claimed without evidence during a segment this week that if Republicans win the midterm elections next week that children could be arrested and killed.
Beschloss’ remarks on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” comes after President Joe Biden urged the country to unite and repeatedly demonized Republicans as a threat to American democracy during a speech this week.
“Six nights from now, we could all be discussing violence all over this country,” Beschloss claimed. “There are signs that may happen, may God forbid, that losers will be declared winners by fraudulent election officers, or secretary of state candidates, or governors, or state legislatures.”
“We could be six days away from losing our rule of law and losing a situation where we have elections that we all can rely on,” he continued. “You know, those are the foundation stones of a democracy. So, if Biden had gone on the air tonight and said, the biggest thing we have to worry about is marginal tax rates, or something like that, well, it is important. But what significant presidents do, I think you’ll agree, we both write history, you and I. In 1860, Lincoln didn’t say the biggest issue was — colleges, although he felt strongly. He said the country can’t survive half slave or half free.”
“1940, Franklin Roosevelt didn’t say, you know, the biggest thing I’m worried about is farm policy,” he added. “Farm policy was important to him, but what he did say was, never before, since Jamestown and Plymouth Rock has America been in such danger.”
“Joe Biden is saying the same thing tonight, and a historian 50 years from now, if historians are allowed to write in this country, and if there are still free publishing houses and a free press, which I’m not certain of,” he concluded on the matter. “But if that is true, a historian will say what was at stake tonight and this week was the fact whether we will be a democracy in the future, whether our children will be arrested and conceivably killed — we’re on the edge of a brutal authoritarian system, and it could be a week away.”
Reacting to Biden’s speech, a presidential historian tells MSNBC that we “could be six days away from losing our rule of law” and that we “are on the edge of a brutal authoritarian system” where children will be “arrested and conceivably killed.” pic.twitter.com/zJXe7Odrbl
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