MSNBC’s The Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell ganged up with Vox editor Ezra Klein Thursday night to discuss recent developments in the on-going showdown between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
O’Donnell opened the topic by sardonically stating; “One of the developments today was the President taking time to publicly proclaim he’s not the crazy one.” Taking the ever favored side of Crazy Nancy, O’Donnell and Klein laughed over Trump’s defending himself with Klein quipping, “so things are going great in American democracy I guess.”
Klein cited The New York Times comparing Trump’s actions on Wednesday to those of a dictatorship. Klein also said; “It was a scary moment watching him herd his own staff into a room to publicly testify to his own state of mind…It was strange, and given the fact that the guy has his hands on a nuclear weapon, it’s troubling.”
One wonders if it’s more troubling then the media’s apparent memory lapse of Pelosi’s “intervention” comment, but then it appears that in the eyes of the press, diagnosing Trump is one of Pelosi’s gifts.
Klein later stated; “…I think Nancy Pelosi, who has his psychology pegged perfectly since the beginning, is doing a quite nice job baiting him into it step by step”. According to Klein, Pelosi’s impeachment master-plan is falling into place and the liberal media is all here for it. Klein also opinioned that: “…she’s moved him into a place where I think he is building support both in her caucus and I suspect over time in the country.”
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MSNBC’s The Last Word
10:19 p.m. Eastern
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: And joining us now, Ezra Klein. He’s the editor at large at Vox and he hosts of the podcast, The Ezra Klein Show. Ezra, there’s so much to cover here tonight. One of the developments today was the president taking time to publicly proclaim he’s not the crazy one here.
EZRA KLEIN: So things are going great in American democracy I guess.
O’DONNELL: Yes, I didn’t know quite how to put that.
KLEIN: There’s a nice line in The New York Times piece about that in the moments he began going around the room. And if you have not looked at this video, by the way, you at home, go online and look at this. The New York Times had this side in their piece saying in a ritual rarely seen in a democracy, it looked like the kind of Potemkin moment you see in dictatorships. It was a scary moment watching him herd his own staff into a room to publicly testify to his own state of mind and as you say, publicly rebut a claim that was not actually made about him. It was strange and given the fact that the guy has his hands on a nuclear weapon, it’s troubling.