MSNBC Contributor Calls For 'Pitchforks and Torches' Outside of Trump-Supporting Billionaire's House

Chris Hayes calls protester shouting threats against McConnell 'peaceful'

August 8, 2019

MSNBC contributor and executive editor of Above the Law Elie Mystal called on Thursday night for "pitchforks and torches" outside the house of billionaire Stephen Ross who has become the subject of controversy for his support of President Donald Trump.

"People of color are already targets under this administration," Mystal said. "I have no problem on shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate. I mean I go further. I want pitchforks and torches outside this man's house in the Hamptons."

"I've been to the Hamptons, it's very nice," he continued. "There's no reason it has to be. There's no reason he should be able to have a nice little party. There's no reason why people shouldn't be able to be outside of his house and making their voices peacefully understood."

"Totally. There have been peaceful protests outside Mitch McConnell's house," MSNBC host Chris Hayes responded.

Hayes appears to be referring to recent protests where one protester shouted that she hopes someone "just stab the mother f***er in the heart, please." McConnell's campaign Twitter account was locked out for posting the video of the protest due to the video displaying "real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell."

"I imagine there will be peaceful protests outside this which is, again it's all speech, right, peaceful protest, the right to assembly under the First Amendment, that is the way that -- because your point here is how does civil society deal with what we're seeing?" Hayes continued.

"The peaceful means by which civil society responds is through more speech and more protected activity and pressure," Hayes added later.