Peter Navarro MSNBC Interview About Jan 6 Viewed 1M Times: 'You Are Describing a Coup'

MSNBC host Ari Melber has accused ex-President Donald Trump and his former Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon of staging a coup on January 6 to prevent Joe Biden taking office.

On Tuesday's episode of The Beat with Ari Melber, Melber asked Navarro to explain the details of this plan, previously referred to as the Green Bay Sweep.

A clip of the interview where Melber accuses Navarro of attempting a coup has been viewed over 1 million times on Twitter. The full interview can be viewed here.

During the interview, Navarro said: "The plan was simply this, we had over 100 congressmen and senators on Capitol Hill ready to implement the sweep. The sweep was simply that.

"We were going to challenge the results of the election in the... battleground states.

"They were Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada and basically these were the places where we believe that if the votes were sent back to those battleground states and looked at again there would be enough concern amongst the legislators that most, if not all, states would decertify the election.

"That would throw the election to the House of Representatives."

Navarro also claimed that this action was "in the lanes legally" and was "prescribed by the constitution." He continued to say that this could have been achieved if there was peace and calm on Capitol Hill.

He continued: "At 1 p.m. Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Paul Gosar started the Green Bay Sweep beautifully, challenging the results of Arizona.

"Here is the most important thing I can tell you about this, the thing we were trying to deal with was a media that refused to acknowledge any kind of possible fraud or irregularities."

The MSNBC host interrupted to summarize the plan and concluded that the actions he was describing were a coup. He also attempted to convey the seriousness of this plan and how it would be perceived by the American people.

Melber said: "You just described this plan as a way to take an election where the outcome was established by independent secretaries of states, the voters of those states and legal remedies have been exhausted with the Supreme Court never even taking, let alone siding, with any of the claims you just referred to.

"Legally they went nowhere, then you are describing using the incumbent losing party's power, that was the Republican Party that was losing power, to overtake and reverse that outcome.

"Do you realize you are describing a coup?"

Navarro dismissed these claims and argued that the election was still in doubt and would be until it was certified.

He also claimed that some secretaries of state, most notably Michigan and Pennsylvania, were not "innocent" in all of this.

He concluded by saying that they were "following the constitution and rules of the Senate to simply get a recount of what the votes were."

Newsweek has contacted Trump's office and Navarro for comment.

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Ari Melber poses at the re-opening night of David Byrne's "American Utopia" on Broadway at The St. James Theatre on October 17, 2021. Peter Navarro speaks to members of the press outside the West Wing of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. Melber accused Navarro, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump of planning a coup. Bruce Glikas and Alex Wong/Getty