MSNBC contributor and legal blog editor Elie Mystal called for “pitchforks and torches” outside of the home of a wealthy President Trump supporter during a Thursday night interview.
Appearing on All In With Chris Hayes, Mystal slammed billionaire Stephen Ross for his support of Trump, asserting that the current trending boycotts of his businesses didn’t satisfy him. “I have no problem on shining the light back on the donors who fund this kind of racialized hate,” he said. “I mean I go further. I want pitchforks and torches outside this man’s house in the Hamptons.”
Mystal continued his tirade by saying that the oceanic New York vacation home of Ross should not be a safe haven. “I’ve been to the Hamptons, it’s very nice,” he said. “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.”
Ross has faced some boycotts of his businesses Equinox and SoulCycle, both high end gyms, in recent days. Ross, a real estate developer, also owns several buildings in the Hudson Yards district of New York City, including the building which houses CNN.
Host Chris Hayes offered agreement with Mystal citing recent protests outside of the Kentucky home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Totally,” he said. “There have been peaceful protests outside Mitch McConnell’s house.”
Hayes seemed to reference a recent incident in Kentucky in which protesters outside of McConnell’s home posted a video online showing them calling to stab McConnell through the heart and strangle him. The McConnell staff’s Twitter account was locked after they shared video of the threats. It was later reinstated.
“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,” Hayes continued. “That is the way that — because your point here is how does civil society deal with what we’re seeing?”