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On his MSNBC show, Ari Melber claims that President Trump is "falsely claiming Democrats would give undocumented immigrants the right to vote." Ari, dude, it has already happened! As the Los Angeles Times has reported: "Noncitizens, including those without legal status, will be allowed to vote" in San Franciso school board elections.
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski goes on an apparently canned rant, imploring people to "vote all-D" to stop President Trump, whom she describes as "racist, heartless, soulless," from "destroying the country." Watch the clip and see if you don't agree that Mika was reading a prepared monologue. This was bald-faced electioneering with malice aforethought. At what point does this kind of "commentary" become a contribution in kind to the DNC?
On CNN, Alisyn Camerota lumps President Trump with the accused Pittsburgh mass murderer. Regarding migrants, Camerota says Trump is, "frankly, I have to say it, using some of the same language that the mass murderer at the synagogue used . . . It's hard for him to celebrate his narrative of vilifying migrants when, again, the alleged mass murderer did the same thing."
Somebody, please! Free Ari Melber from the isolation chamber in which he has been cruelly confined! On his MSNBC show The Beat, Ari Melber praised guest and View co-host Joy Behar on Tuesday, telling her that whereas she cares, "you don't demean."
On Morning Joe, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic says "I note for the record that they're [Fox News] talking about leprosy. Which I think is interesting, because leprosy, of course, is the most famous disease in the Bible. And I think they are trying to actually trigger people who are Bible-readers, who are religious people."
On Morning Joe, a manifestly miffed Mika says of Ivanka Trump: "I know you don't care about the country and I know you don't care about us and our lives, I know you don't because I reached out to you and you didn't write back."
Howard Dean, appearing on Joy Reid's MSNBC show, did today. Dean cast the battle between Democrats and Republicans as "a struggle about good versus evil, and the President of the United States is evil."
On MTP Daily, Chuck Todd floats a novel theory about who is behind the pipe bombs: "I have this fear that it could be some Russian operation, too, designed to do what's happening now. More of this -- so in some ways we should not rule out -- it is dividing us."
CNN opens its 6 AM New Day hour with Alisyn Camerota highlighting this Washington Post headline: "Amid Incendiary Rhetoric, Targets of Trump's Words Become Targets of Bombs." Then, under a Breaking News banner, CNN runs a clip of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo [brother of CNN's Chris Cuomo] saying: "This is political terrorism. This is American terrorism. This is red versus blue terrorism."
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough dismisses concerns about the 14,000-person caravan headed toward the US. He claims that the last caravan, in April, "ended up 11 people and a hound dog." Meanwhile, Mika Brzezinski describes the caravan as being prompted by "a "human tragedy of biblical proportions."
On his MSNBC show, 'The Beat,' Ari Melber plays a clip of Barack Obama at a rally in Nevada, saying: "Nevada, you could be the first state ever to elect a state legislature where the majority are women [wild applause.] Which, I'm pretty sure things will work better if you give women a chance to run things for a while."
Joe Scarborough thought he was being so cute. No fewer than six times during his little spiel this on today's Morning Joe, while reading from the US government's WWII psychological profile of Adolf Hitler, Scarborough stressed that he was not intending to refer to anyone else. Joe never uttered the President's name, but coming from this world-class Trump hater, there was no doubt what parallel he wanted viewers to draw.
You know how a girl, when she really likes a boy, will nervously brush her hair back? Check out the move of ABC reporter Paula Faris as she gushes to Beto O'Rourke: "you're a rock star!" When Beto demurs, Faris insists: "no, you really are!" Faris did stop short of asking Beto to autograph her arm, but the adoration was unmistakable.
With the elections only 18 days away, Morning Joe bemoans the Democrats' lack of a message. They warn that Dems could fail to retake the House or the Senate, and that Beto O'Rourke could lose by 10 points.
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski, commenting on the Jamal Khashoggi news, calls supporters of President Trump "quislings," a term meaning traitors who serve as the puppet of the enemy occupying their country. But the show didn't get to a discussion of the news until after the panel bantered about last night's baseball game—for over four minutes.
On Ari Melber's MSNBC show The Beat Wednesdsay night, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson imagines President Trump saying about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, "I don't care, it was a brown journalist." Johnson suggests Trump would have reacted differently if Khashoggi were white, American, and worked for "a news outlet that the president was more happy with," presumably a reference to Fox News.
On Morning Joe, reacting badly to President Trump's labeling of Stormy Daniels as "horseface," Mika Brzezinski calls Trump "base, animalistic and disgusting" and wondered "what the Russians could have on him."
Tuesday morning on CNN's New Day, liberal historian Doris Kearns Goodwin admits that President Trump has "made a connection" with his base, and that "he's made them feel that he's on their side."
On Ari Melber's MSNBC show Monday night, Mara Gay of the NYT editorial board misrepresents President Trump's mocking of Elizabeth Warren's phony claim to be a Native American. Gay says it was "was actually about white anxieties among Donald Trump's base about who's white in America." In fact, Trump was calling out Warren's cheating: using the phony claim of being a Native American to get ahead in academia.
The Asian-American author of a New York Times column claims that ending discrimination against Asian-Americans in college admissions would do them "egregious harm." It's not simply that The New York Times found an Asian-American willing to write a column—in the context of the lawsuit against Harvard— supporting continued discrimination against Asian-Americans in college admissions.