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On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says of Joe Biden, "I'm not doing his bidding. I'm just telling you the truth." And the truth, according to Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, is that Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders would be weak candidates, whereas Biden would have the best chance of defeating President Trump.
On Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, Chris Matthews urges Bernie Sanders's primary opponents to "punch" at him, and tell him, "you're full of it." He warns that with Sanders as their candidate, Democrats could lose 49 states, as they did in 1972 with far-left George McGovern.
On Morning Joe today, Mika Brzezinski told Al Sharpton that he was in a position to grant Bloomberg a "pass" on racial issues, and that Bloomberg is certainly "looking for it." And Mika wondered whether Bloomberg would "put his money where his mouth is?" What is she asking? That Bloomberg give money to Sharpton's National Action Network?
Where does MSNBC find these so-called "Republicans?" A guest on Al Sharpton's show tonight was Rina Shah, whom Sharpton introduced as a "Republican strategist." In the course of her appearance, Shah said that President Trump "tends to speak out of his rear end." She later said that Trump is "racist to his core."
On Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, Never Trumper Rick Wilson predicts that if Sanders is the nominee, he would lose 44 states to President Trump. Wallace, putting on her former strategist's hat, expressed grave doubts about Sanders's electability, given his weak support among African-American voters and his democratic socialist label. But, determined to reaffirm her Trump-hating credentials, she prefaced her critique by declaring: "I'm on the record. I will vote for whomever -- I will, I will gladly and easily and handily vote for Bernie Sanders if he's the nominee."
On Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski says that AG Bill Barr, by saying that some of President Trump's tweets make it impossible for Barr to do his job, is actually saying is "that these tweets make it harder for Bill Barr to help him be corrupt."
In a Washington Post column promoted heavily on today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough has penned what amounts to a political eulogy for Joe Biden. It's headlined "No matter how it ends, I'm proud of Joe Biden." He ostentatiously placed himself at the "top of the list" of people proud of Biden.
Calling President Trump a "would-be dictator," Joe Scarborough claimed on today's Morning Joe that if he could "get away with it," Trump would arrest Mika and him, and every other journalist he didn't like, and throw them in jail to silence them. The liberals tried this tactic before the election. None of this has ever happened, but they just keep predicting it. They have to pretend pulling Jim Acosta's "news" credentials for a week is somehow like wasting away in the Gulag.
Democrats and their Hallelujah chorus in the liberal media are in full meltdown mode. Monday morning, we noted James Carville warning that it would be the "end of days" if current frontrunner Bernie Sanders got the nomination. Now, even devoted Democrat Chuck Todd has admitted that the Democrat field lacks a "star" and is "B-level."
On Morning Joe, James Carville claims that the Democrat party is "the only thing standing between the United States and the abyss." He says that if the Democrats nominate Bernie Sanders, it will go the disastrous way of the Corbynite British Labour party and it will be the "end of days."
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid tells Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir that the ads President Trump will run against Sanders should he be the nominee, hitting him on socialism and showing him praising Castro and the Soviet Union, will be "true."
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough lashed out on today's Morning Joe at the moderate Republican senators who voted to acquit President Trump. The particular object of their ire was Sen. Susan Collins. Not content to suggest that Collins was "unpatriotic," Brzezinski taunted Collins, telling her to "have fun" with her "legacy" of Ukrainian deaths.
Rick Stengel was being facetious . . . right? Then again, given the authoritarian proclivities of the left, who knows? On Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show this afternoon, Stengel — the former Time editor turned Obama aide turned MSNBC analyst — appeared on Thursday's Deadline White House and said:
Joe Scarborough accuses the press of "feeding into [President Trump's] hype that somehow, his economy is so much better than former economies. It's a lie."
Debacle. Disaster. Fiasco. There's no shortage of descriptors for the colossal cock-up that were the Democrat Iowa caucuses. We present a mashup of comments on Morning Joe and CNN's New Day regarding the Democrat Iowa caucus disaster.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says "everybody knows" the results of the spiked Des Moines Register poll, and strongly suggests it is stronger for Bernie Sanders than the Emerson poll, which shows Sanders with a 7% lead. But Scarborough declines to release the results.
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid suggests to Pete Buttigieg that his use of "heartland" in a tweet was a "dog whistle to white voters." It's like MSNBC during the Obama years feeling the word "Chicago" was a dog whistle word.
On Joy Reid's MSNBC show, commenting on the Trump administration's proposed Israeli/Palestinian peace plan, MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin told Reid that the plan fails to deliver on the Palestinian desire "not to live under a brutal Israeli military occupation that has now been for more than 50 years."
Having lost her Senate seat, has Claire McCaskill become embittered toward Senate Republicans? Now an MSNBC analyst, she took an ugly shot at Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), painting him as a pathetic Trump lackey, during a discussion on the impeachment proceedings Friday afternoon.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough claims to be "fine" with President Trump's impending acquittal. Scarborough says that despite the coming vote to prevent John Bolton's testimony, "the truth will be shouted from the mountaintops" and "will only make the Republicans look worse."