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MSNBC host floats theory that Trump wants to 'provoke' terrorist attack to 'prove himself right

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts suggests that President Donald Trump is trying to "provoke" a terrorist attack to "prove himself right" about the threat Islamists pose to the United States. (Image source: YouTube)

In the wake of Saturday's Islamic terrorist attack in London that left seven people dead and dozens others injured, an MSNBC host on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of attempting to "provoke" a terrorist attack to "prove himself right" about the threat Islamists pose to the United States.

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts made the suggestion on two separate occasions, first during an interview with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed then during another interview with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D).

Roberts floated the theory in response to a tweet Trump made Sunday morning, where he warned that political correctness makes America less safe.

"We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people," Trump wrote. "If we don't get smart it will only get worse."

In other tweets, Trump also advocated for the reinstatement of his "travel ban" — which was initially blocked by federal courts two separate times — and criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, who dismissed terror attacks as something to be expected if you live in a large city.

Roberts said during his interview with Reed: "The president doesn’t want us to be politically correct, right? So let’s not be PC about this. Is the president trying to provoke a domestic terrorist attack with this Twitter rant, because only to prove himself right?"

Reed, for his part, appeared to ignore the question.

In another interview just minutes later, Roberts, this time speaking with Dean, floated the theory again.

First Roberts re-read Trump's tweet, then he said: "I asked this of Mayor Reed, but it seems like the president is trying to provoke something that he can politicize more for his own gain in America."

"Do you feel that way?" he asked Dean.

Dean took a few seconds to answer and, just like Reed, avoided the question.

"Well, I think he’s totally incompetent," Dean, who once served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, replied.

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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