MSNBC host Donny Deutsch said President Donald Trump is not above going to war to stay in office during a Tuesday appearance on the network.
Deutsch is the host of Saturday Night Politics and frequently appears on his colleagues' shows during the week. Deutsch referred to his history of criticizing Trump, saying he has long refused to doubt that the president is capable of "anything."
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"I've said many times Trump is not beyond doing anything for his own means," Deutsch said, "As we get closer to the election, six months, eight months, the only thing that would keep him in office is a war. He is not beyond that."
The comments come amid increased tensions between the Trump administration and the Iranian regime over attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the evidence Iran was behind the attacks was "strong and compelling."
Deutsch was adding onto comments by Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson who was worried about the U.S. "blundering into war."
"To take that next step of an actual attack, or something like that, I don't think Trump wants to do that. Now we could blunder into it. I'm very worried about that possibility," Robinson said.
Deutsch has previously called Trump a "dictator" and said people should "start taking to the streets." Deutsch has also said on Morning Joe that he would vote for President Trump against a socialist candidate, but backed down after pushback.