Heilemann: Trump's War On Media "Incitement" For An Oklahoma City Bombing

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Former Bloomberg TV host John Heilemann said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe that he is worried that President Trump is inciting "elements in our country that may go ahead and do something" on the scale of the Oklahoma City bombing. Heilemann is afraid that when Trump calls the media the "enemy of the people," that someone may take that "seriously" and use it as a motive to commit an act of domestic terror.

"He has been waging war on the press for a while but I have to say this language is really, you know, far outside... of what is the standard Republican playbook," Heilemann said.

"I think most of the people at this table were alive, politically conscious, at the time of the Oklahoma City bombings," Heilemann said Monday. "And every time that Donald Trump uses this kind of language I kind of worry that it's an incitement to elements in our country that may go ahead and do something when the president of the United States calls the press the enemy of the people and they might take that seriously."

Heilemann was the co-host of the now-canceled With All Due Respect with his partner in journalism Mark Halperin that aired on Bloomberg News and simulcasted on MSNBC. Halperin also appeared on Monday's Morning Joe.

Transcript:

JOHN HEILEMANN: Look, he has been waging war on the press for a while but I have to say this language is really, you know, far outside -- it's not like Nixon, you said it before. Enemy of the people is pretty far outside of what is the standard Republican playbook of attacking like Nick Confessore of The New York Times and other places.

And, you know, there's -- administrations always take offense when they are criticized and challenged. But I think part of what you are seeing is bipartisan. And even inside the Trump administration itself it seems kind of beyond the pale...

I think most of the people at this table were alive, politically conscious, at the time of the Oklahoma City bombings. And every time that Donald Trump uses this kind of language I kind of worry that it's an incitement to elements in our country that may go ahead and do something when the president of the United States calls the press the enemy of the people and they might take that seriously. Does that concern you?

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