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It looks like MSNBC has decided to embrace a full-out Nazi scare as its 2020 electoral strategy. Last week, appearing on Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch said another Holocaust "could happen here," wondering "are Jews next?" The next day, on Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough described the recent Trump rally in North Carolina as a "Nuremberg" rally. This morning, after portions of a Financial Times column were read analogizing the situation in the US/UK to that of Germany in the early 1930s, Joe Scarborough and Eugene Robinson suggested that the time had come to "sound the alarm."
Ooh, how brave of Joe Scarborough, courageously speaking truth to power! On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough sneeringly addressed President Trump by his first name, saying, "Donald, Donald: you're making a fool of yourself again. This ends very badly for you." Scarborough went on to declare that in 2020, Trump would lose in a "landslide" and be "routed." Speaking of Trump's criticism of the Squad, Scarborough confidently predicted that "there is no way this leads to victory."
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid puts it to black Republican strategist Lenny McAllister that since President Trump's policies, supposedly, hurt poor people, he has nothing to offer poor whites other than racism. When McAllister tries to raise school choice as an issue Republicans can support, and which helps African-Americans in particular, Reid shuts him down, changes the subject, and moves to another guest.
Here's a working definition of an "MSNBC Republican:" one who is loath to say anything good about anyone associated with President Trump. Susan Del Percio gave a perfect illustration of the genre on today's Morning Joe. Discussing President Trump's disavowal of the "send her back" chant at his recent North Carolina rally, Del Percio said: "We hear—and I hate to give her any real credit—but we hear Ivanka Trump did say, did speak to her father, too, saying this was a bit too far."
It's not just Donald Trump that the liberal media despises. Now, his supporters are due for attacks. Take Joe Scarborough on Thursday's Morning Joe. He slimed Trump’s rally in North Carolina this way: “That’s the President, actually, from his Nuremberg rally from last night.” Get it? They’re like Nazis.
On Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, commenting on President Trump's tweets regarding The Squad, Donny Deutsch says: "we are heading to such a dangerous place. And guess what? You look at history, it can happen here. Maybe it’s the Jews next."
On her MSNBC show, Nicolle Wallace suggests that President Trump will have "blood on his hands" if, in the wake of his recent tweets, one of The Squad members is attacked. Wallace didn't play that game when a Rachel Maddow fan shot Rep. Steve Scalise on a softball field.
Not just a CNN co-host anymore! Alisyn Camerota is now also serving as a volunteer Democrat strategist. On this morning's New Day, Camerota suggested that in order to avoid being branded by Republicans, Dems should "come up with some sort of new name" for "socialist."
On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, discussing the dust-up between Nancy Pelosi and "The Squad" [composed of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashid Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley] Julianne Malveaux urged her fellow Democrats to unite around their larger objective: "at the end of the day, the goal has to be to get rid of the orange orangutan."
With her outburst on Thursday, Nicolle Wallace has cemented her position as MSNBC's most virulent Trump hater. The former McCain campaign aide literally makes Rachel Maddow look, in comparison, like the voice of sweet reason. On her MSNBC show this afternoon, an enraged Wallace, after throwing her notes in the air in anger, demanded to know, regarding President Trump's immigration policies: "Where are the Democrats? Why aren't we marching on these [detention] facilities?"
Because there aren't already enough liberals in the media . . . Commenting on the dust-up between Tucker Carlson and Ilhan Omar, CNN analyst Errol Louis said this morning: "We need to train young people, get them into the media, get them into broadcasting, and do away with that stuff [the "racist garbage" of Tucker and "talk radio"], so it will just be a bad memory."
If this doesn't constitute an in-kind campaign contribution, what in the heck would? Today's Morning Joe devoted an 11-minute segment to promoting the candidacy of Amy McGrath, a Democrat who has announced her candidacy to run for the US Senate seat from Kentucky against Mitch McConnell. Even before McGrath appeared, Morning Joe ran the entirety of her minute-long announcement ad. And in ending the interminable segment, the panel repeatedly pushed people to McGrath's website, suggesting that they donate.
Kamala Harris herself couldn't have been tougher on Joe Biden than David Gregory was on CNN's "New Day" this morning. Gregory raked the Dem frontrunner over the coals on numerous issues, saying he looked older, out of touch, had no excuse to be unprepared for Kamala Harris's attack on busing, and was very mistake-prone.
This is "deplorables" on steroids. On her MSNBC show this morning, Joy Reid slurred Trump supporters as a bunch of sadists, saying that President Trump is treating people at the border with "cruelty" because "the base wants to see this."
When it comes to the liberal media and President Trump, it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. MSNBC gave a classic example of the phenomenon this morning. In the days leading up to the Salute to America parade, the liberal media had savaged it, and in particular the prospect of tanks rolling down the streets of DC. But when the event actually unfolded, and instead of tanks rolling down the streets, armored vehicles were parked rather inconspicuously on display, that was no good, either. To the contrary, during this morning's 6 am EDT hour, the MSNBC crew kvetched that the parade didn't live up to the ostentatious standards of North Korea or France!
On Morning Joe, MSNBC "Republican" Elise Jordan says the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un "makes me want to puke." Other panelists provided more nuanced takes. Richard Haass of the Council of Foreign Relations, and David Ignatius of the Washington Post, suggested that the meeting could lead to negotiations in which the North Koreans, in return for the lifting of some sanctions, would give up more of their nuclear capabilities than they had offered at the failed meeting in February.
On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, regular guest Elie Mystal says the 5-12% of African-Americans who don't support Democrats have "had their vote colonized by the Republicans, or by Russia." He adds, "you can't free everybody."
On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, speaking as someone who unequivocally proclaimed "I want Donald Trump to lose," said that last night's debate was a "disaster" for Democrats. Scarborough made a four-pronged argument: first, Dems went after each other rather than attacking President Trump. Second and third: the unanimous Dem support for health-care-for-life for illegal immigrants, and for making illegal entry into the US no longer illegal, will lose the Dem candidate several states. Scarborough also said Biden's performance might have been the "most disturbing" he's seen since Reagan's first 1984 debate.
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski claims Elizabeth Warren won the Democrat debate by rejecting stereotypes about what women should avoid, and instead being "aggressive" and "pissed off" and living her message. If Democrats were smart, they would have one, cardinal criterion when it comes to picking their presidential candidate: who has the best shot at defeating President Trump. But Mika Brzezinski seems more interested in choosing a champion for her brand of in-your-face feminism. And thus it was on today's Morning Joe that Mika declared Elizabeth Warren the big winner of last night's debate because "she was aggressive, she was pissed off."
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski says that President Trump is afraid of Robert Mueller's testimony because Mueller represents "good versus evil." Donny Deutsch says that Mueller's testimony won't change much, and warns people against the "post-Mueller depression" they experienced when the Mueller report first came out. Mika agrees with Donny on "post-Mueller depression." And for saying that Mueller's testimony will be "useless," the Morning Joe panel vilifies Rudy Giuliani as "stupid, pathetic, grotesque" and a "critter."