It’s well-established that Monday was not the brightest day in the Trump administration and possibly one of the most controversial with the President’s ill-advised comments seeming to take the word of Russia and not U.S. intelligence concerning 2016 election meddling.
That said, the liberal media did themselves no favors in trying to expand their tent of support and one example came during MSNBC’s All In. There, legal expert Jill Wine-Banks asserted Monday “will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”
Before going any further, it’s worth noting that Kristallnacht occurred November 9 into November 10, 1938 in Germany with the death of roughly 100 Jewish people as a precursor to the Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps. As for Pearl Harbor, its official website lists the death total as 2,403 U.S. military personnel and civilians. Compare those to how zero died at the Helsinki summit.
Speaking to fill-in host Ali Velshi, Wine-Banks compared to the Russian server hacking of the DNC and the Clinton campaign to the Watergate break-in, but that’s not surprising considering her past life as a Watergate prosecutor. However, she also suggested that this was “just as serious to me as the Cuban missile crisis in terms of an attack, or the 9/11 attack.”
Again, hit pause. Wine-Banks asserted that what Russian hackers did was the equivalent of a nuclear standoff that threatened to wipe most the United States (if not the world) off the map and universe and arguably the most heinous attack this country has ever seen that killed just shy of 3,000 people. Got it.
Velshi had every chance to stop and suggest that this was an affront or offensive to the thousands who died that Tuesday morning in 2001, but he instead remained silent and thus gave his tacit support for that plus what came next in the Kristallnacht and Pearl Harbor reference:
The President is taking the side of the people who attacked us instead of trying to prevent a future attack. He has done nothing to make sure that the elections four months away are going to be safe and I would say that his performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht and it’s really a serious issue that we need to deal with. There’s no explanation for what could be motivating him. No matter what Russia has on him, if that’s the explanation, it can’t be as bad as his behavior is today[.]
She concluded the segment by demanding that “Republican patriots” come forward like Republicans during the height of Watergate and led to the Richard Nixon’s resignation. So, to continue her comparison-laden rant, that would mean she pled with Republicans to step up and help force Trump out of office.
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To see the relevant transcript from MSNBC’s All In on July 16, click “expand.”
MSNBC’s All In
July 16, 2018
8:30 p.m. Eastern
ALI VELSHI: Jill, you know, the President — I want to just read a little more from this new Washington Post reporting: “The U.S. President spent much of the weekend growling, in the words of one White House official, over his own Justice Department’s indictment on Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 election. He fretted that the timing of the indictments was intended to injury him politically, the official said. He also made clear that he was more excited to sit down with the Russian president than he had been to visit with NATO or allies earlier in the week in Brussels.” That’s an amazing, amazing sentence. He was more excited to sit down with the Russian president than he had been to visit with NATO allies. At some point this has a complexity that’s even richer than the one you were involved in with the Watergate investigation in that nobody thought that Richard Nixon was working on behalf of an enemy of the United States. How do you even make sense of this?
JILL WINE-BANKS: You can’t make sense of it. It’s very hard to possibly analyze and you’re quite correct, the burglars were Americans. They worked for the White House. They worked for the Committee to Re-elect the President. They weren’t foreign agents and yet we were burglarized this time by foreign agents and it’s just as serious to me as the Cuban missile crisis in terms of an attack, or the 9/11 attack. The President is taking the side of the people who attacked us instead of trying to prevent a future attack. He has done nothing to make sure that the elections four months away are going to be safe and I would say that his performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht and it’s really a serious issue that we need to deal with. There’s no explanation for what could be motivating him. No matter what Russia has on him, if that’s the explanation, it can’t be as bad as his behavior is today and I think as General McLaughlin mentioned, I’d like to see where are the Republican patriots, the men who were like Senators Goldwater and Scott and Rhodes, who came to the White House and said to the President, we know the facts and you are done, and he resigned. He resigned — announced it the next day, and was out there the day after that.
VELSHI: Where are —
WINE-BANKS: That’s what we need.
VELSHI: — where are the patriots indeed?