MSNBC host Rachel Maddow poked some fun on Thursday at the upcoming “Operation American Spring,” linking Friday’s event to a series of similar protests that talked big but ultimately failed to deliver on their promises of revolution against President Barack Obama’s administration.
“If the history of this political era is told honestly, and with an eye to the bigger picture in our country, the Obama era really should also go down in history for the amazing, repeated, self-aggrandizing, violent fantasy lives of the nutballs who most opposed him while he was president,” she said. “And I say this on the eve of what is sure to be another big nutball day in Washington and in Bunkerville. A big day tomorrow but maybe not as big as they think it’s going to be.”
Organizers for Friday’s event have vowed to bring between 10 million and 30 million people to Washington D.C. on Friday to demand the removals of not only Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, but Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). A second rally is scheduled to be held in Bunkerville, Nevada, where supporters of anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy have gathered.
They, have, however, also said they are urging their own elected representatives to draft articles of impeachment against Obama, and to call for a new constitutional convention.
“For context here, there are maybe like 320 million people in this whole country, and that includes babies and the infirm,” Maddow said. “But they are expecting 10 to 30 million people. That’s their plan for tomorrow, and if they’re expecting that many people, statistically speaking, you’re probably going.”
But, Maddow explained, Obama’s presidency has been marked by similar right-wing campaigns, like the “Ride For The Constitution” truckers’ protest, which promised to bring traffic around the Washington D.C. Beltway to a halt in October 2013, only to fizzle out. A month later, the “Reclaim America Now” event also vowed to bring millions to demand Obama leave the White House while somehow wanting to arrest him at the same time.
“They didn’t even get dozens of people,” Maddow said. “And I don’t know if they brought a jail for President Obama, but they did not end up arresting or jailing President Obama. It must have been a disappointment.”
Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Thursday on MSNBC, below.