On Friday, Hayes played clips of various Fox News personalities’ reactions after a Manhattan grand jury indicted the former president for his role in a hush-money payment to a porn actor.
The footage showed Jesse Watters saying the indictment “lights a fire” under the country, Jason Whitlock urging viewers to get “ready for whatever’s next,” and Carlson remarking that it’s “probably not the best time to give up your AR-15.”
“Why not? Why’s he saying that?” Hayes asked.
“The implication is you have the AR-15 so that you can shoot at, kill, maim — who? Fellow citizens? Agents of the state? Why do you have them? Who are you going to shoot?”
Carlson had made the comment after conservative activist Ned Ryun, a guest on his Fox News show, said the U.S. was on the path to “a one-party state and authoritarian government.”
These remarks accompanied a number of others from Fox News personalities as they predicted potential acts of violence in the wake of Thursday’s indictment.