“Morning Joe” Sinks Trump Camp’s Excuse For His ‘Bloodbath’ Threat: ‘We’re Not Stupid’

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On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this Monday, co-host Joe Scarborough blasted the excuses given by the Trump campaign and others for recent commentary by former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally.

He said there’d be a “bloodbath” in the event he loses, which the Trump team tried to characterize as just in reference to supposed impacts on the auto industry… though Scarborough felt the ex-president was clearly extending his remarks beyond that area. “If I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath for the whole — that’s gonna be the least of it,” Trump said at the rally. “It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country. That’ll be the least of it.”

“I’ve never really heard people discuss macro-economics in terms of bloodbaths,” Scarborough remarked on MSNBC, adding: “But then he says, ‘And that’s going to be the least of it.’ That’s going to be the least of it. If you think there’s going to be a bloodbath in the auto industry, even if you take that argument at face value — which again, given the tone of the rest of the speech? Bloodbath? I’m not so sure he’s talking about the niceties of international trade.”

Scarborough then observed Trump’s additional commentary about that being “the least of it.” “Obviously, he’s talking about a bloodbath for America. It’s laid out in the terms of it,” Scarborough added. “He knew what he was doing. We’re not stupid. Americans aren’t stupid.”

And there’s also the history of Trump’s other commentary like his calls at a rally in D.C. on January 6, 2021, for a “fight” in tandem with his lies of a stolen presidential election and his other threats about the destruction that’ll supposedly befall the United States if he loses this year. Trump has also faced accusations of fostering potential threats in contexts like his New York fraud case in which he’s reportedly struggling to secure a bond. At one juncture, he even posted online a link to a social media account evidently belonging to a member of the court’s staff, clearly, it would seem, threatening problems.