MSNBC's Alter: GOP Getting 'Their Just Deserts' for Creating Trump 'Frankenstein Monster'

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter -- formerly of Newsweek -- rejoiced over Republicans being uneasy over Donald Trump's presidential campaign as he asserted that GOPers "have created Trumpenstein," "their own Frankenstein monster," adding that they are getting "their just deserts as a political party."

After host Al Sharpton noted that they were awaiting a press conference by Trump, he turned to Alter who declared:

You know, I used to be really sick of Trump. I just didn't -- I didn't want to see him on Miss Universe or Miss America or whatever. I didn't want to see him on anything. I wanted the media to boycott him. The idea six months ago of us waiting around to see a Donald Trump press conference would have, to use a Donald term, disgusted me.

The liberal MSNBC contributor and Daily Beast columnist went after Republicans as he added:

But I completely changed. Now, I'm real interested in hearing what he has to say because my basic attitude is, couldn't happen to a nicer political party. They're getting what they deserve.They have created Trumpenstein. It's their own Frankenstein monster. And this is what happens when you do what they've done for the last five to 10 years, their just deserts as a political party.

Sharpton, not surprisingly, voiced agreement with Alter, injecting, "I'm with you there."

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Tuesday, August 11, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, which came in the last couple of minutes of the program:

AL SHARPTON: Donald Trump still has not shown at the press conference. He's about 25 minutes or more late. But I'm sure we'll see, maybe not while we're on the air on this show, what he has to say. But I think that the fact that he has everyone waiting to see what he has to say is the story and the circumstance the Republican Party finds themselves in. Jonathan?

JONATHAN ALTER, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: You know, I used to be really sick of Trump. I just didn't -- I didn't want to see him on Miss Universe or Miss America or whatever. I didn't want to see him on anything. I wanted the media to boycott him. The idea six months ago of us waiting around to see a Donald Trump press conference would have, to use a Donald term, disgusted me. But I completely changed. Now, I'm real interested in hearing what he has to say because my basic attitude is, couldn't happen to a nicer political party.

SHARPTON: I'm with you there.

ALTER: They're getting what they deserve.

SHARPTON: Yep.

ALTER: They have created Trumpenstein. It's their own Frankenstein monster. And this is what happens when you do what they've done for the last five to 10 years, their just deserts as a political party.

SHARPTON: Well, Tara Dowdell and Jonathan Alter, Jane Timm, thank you for being with us tonight. And I'm sure whenever Mr. Trump appears, we will go to that. Today was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the unrest in Watts. I'll be live from Las Angeles tomorrow night. Lessons that we should learn from Watts to Baltimore and Ferguson and Staten Island. And we'll talk about that among other issues on tomorrow night.

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