MSNBC’s Chris Hayes shared Monday night of having a “fear” that could carry out some type of military action this week in an effort to distract Americans from the first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 cycle being aired on NBC.
Hayes, the host of MSNBC’s “All In,” shared the comment in response to documentary producer’s Jody Avirgan’s argument that Trump may “do something” on Friday after the debates in Miami are over “to get everyone to pay attention to him.”
“Seen takes that candidates in the first debate are at a disadvantage because they only get one news cycle before the next night,” Avirgan wrote about the back-to-back debates being held Wednesday and Thursday night.
“Some quaint assumptions here that: 1) a news cycle lasts more than a day 2) Trump won’t do something Friday to get everyone to pay attention to him,” he added.
Hayes tweeted in response: “I swear I have a fear he launches some kind of military strike *during one of the debates*”
“I’ve had the same thought, didn’t want to actually commit it to writing,” Avirgan replied.
I swear I have a fear he launches some kind of military strike *during one of the debates*
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 24, 2019
Trump last week ordered then later canceled military strikes against Iran after the country downed a U.S. surveillance drone in the Straight of Hormuz, U.S. officials said. Trump said he decided not to go through with the strike because of the potential for casualties.
The Trump administration did more forward with new sanctions against Iran, prompting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to call the White House “mentally retarded.”
Trump on Tuesday responded to the derogatory remarks, warning Iran that the U.S. could use “great and overwhelming force” if the Islamic Republic attacks “anything American.”
“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have,” Trump tweeted. “Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone.”
“Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality,” Trump added. “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more & Obama!”
Twenty Democratic candidates are set to appear over the two nights of debate this week.
The first Republican debate in the 2015-2016 election on Fox News drew more than 24 viewers for the network in August 2015, while the first Democratic debate during that election season on CNN drew 15.3 million viewers in October 2015.