Conservative pundit Charlie Sykes on Monday warned what to expect from some of Donald Trump’s most zealous supporters when they finally realize that his plot to overturn the election won’t allow him to continue as president.
Sykes told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that “a lot of people in the MAGA-verse, in Trumpland” still “honestly believe” Trump will beat President-elect Joe Biden ― even though Trump decisively lost the election and dozens of lawsuits challenging the result.
“They do not understand that the election is over,” said Sykes, the founder of the conservative website The Bulwark. “And when reality strikes and they realize that Donald Trump is not going to be sworn in as president, it’s going to come as a shock to them.”
Sykes said “we haven’t reached that point with some of the more deranged and deluded supporters out there” and asked: “How many of these sociopaths do you need to act out on this?”
“If they sincerely believe that this election has been stolen, that it’s an act of fraud, and they are heavily armed, what possible things could go wrong?” he said, pointing out that armed demonstrators showed up at the home of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson over the weekend to protest Trump’s loss.
“It’s a very, very scary scenario and I think that we ought to be prepared for it,” said Sykes, who condemned other politicians “who are feeding into this, who are putting out the rhetoric and spreading the misinformation and giving oxygen to the various conspiracy theories.”
“It’s dangerous now, but I think it’s going to get much more dangerous over the next few weeks,” he added.
Check out the interview here: