Jon Meacham, the former top editor of Newsweek, contended Friday night on MSNBC that President Trump’s attacks on the media could lead to murder, claiming instances of right wing hostility were part of “an inevitable progression” leading into the murder of JFK. Of course, a left wing communist murdered Kennedy.
Before Meacham’s historical revisionism, MSNBC host Brian Williams played clips of Trump trashing the media and relayed how New York Times columnist Bret Stephens warned that “we are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands” -- an assessment of which Williams declared: “I don’t think that’s an overstatement.” Guest Jon Meacham then decided to bring up the assassination of President John Kennedy, suggesting it is relevant to Trump’s words today.
Meacham, on the August 3 The 11th Hour on MSNBC:
“And one of the things about history is when we look back, we often see things in an inevitable progression. When we look back at Dallas, 1963, we remember that the Johnsons were jostled, people spit at Lady Bird from the John Birch Society, from the right in Texas. We see that Adlai Stevenson, then the ambassador to the United Nations was attacked with placards at a rally. We can see in retrospect all leading up to the tragedy of Dealey Plaza. I fear, and I pray that I’m wrong, that you could be playing the tape you just played a moment ago, the sequence, when in fact something terrible happens. And words have consequences. And words from the very top have the most far reaching consequences.”
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