From President Donald Trump’s policy of separating the children of illegal immigrants to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, there was a lot for lefties in the media and Hollywood to lose their heads over this month. Anchors and reporters depicted the “despot” Trump and those who voted for him as Nazis that were making the Statue of Liberty weep.
Reporting from one of the detention centers CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King, on June 18, fretted: “The Statue of Liberty, I think, is weeping right now.” But that wasn’t as awful as MSNBC’s Morning Joe crew. On June 15 co-host Joe Scarborough disgustingly compared the centers to Nazi concentration camps: “Children are being marched away to showers, just like the Nazis.” His MSNBC colleague Donny Deutsch on, June 18, turned his anger on Trump supporters: “If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis.”
This month the media also defended leftist activists who confronted Trump staffers, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders. After Sanders was thrown out of a Virginia restaurant by its liberal owner, New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg hissed: “I don’t blame staff members at the Virginia restaurant, the Red Hen, for not wanting to help Sanders unwind after a hard week of lying to the public about mass child abuse.” And CNN contributor Ana Navarro chided: “There is a cost to being an accomplice to this cruel deceitful administration.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement triggered lefties like Chris Matthews, who demanded that Democrats reject Trump’s eventual nominee as he raged: “This is time for vengeance.” Kennedy’s announcement caused The View co-host Joy Behar to sputter: “Let’s have everybody a Republican. The Supreme Court, the Congress, the presidency! What is that called? Dictatorship I believe!”
Hollywood celebrities also flipped out. Film director Judd Apatow tweeted against Trump: “He’s a Nazi....He kidnapped children and commits acts of violence for political gain” and actor Peter Fonda actually threatened the First Family with violence: “We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if [First Lady Melania Trump] will stand up against the giant asshole she’s married to.”
The following are the worst liberal outbursts over the last month from lefty journalists and celebrities:
Trump Is Making The Statue of Liberty Cry
“We went straight to the facility, the location where kids and their parents were reunited. All I can say after talking to the people, watching the people, listening to the people, the Statue of Liberty, I think, is weeping right now.”
— Co-host Gayle King discussing border detention centers for children on CBS This Morning, June 18.
Trump Turning U.S. Into Nazi Germany
“Children are being marched away to showers, just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You’d think they would use another trick.”
— Co-host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 15.
“Even Joe [Scarborough] brought up and got criticized for talking about – for comparing this to the Nazis and saying that they were sending the children to the showers. And in this case, they were telling children they were going to separate their parents from them so they could go take baths. That is an apt comparison.”
— Washington Post columnist Sally Quinn on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 18.
“Increasingly, Donald Trump is turning this nation into Nazi Germany and turning these [detention centers] into concentration camps.”
— CNN political commentator Donald Johnson on CNN Newsroom, June 16.
“I call this a concentration camp for kids because that’s exactly what it’s turning out to [be].”
— MSNBC political analyst and former RNC Chair Michael Steele on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle, June 15.
“Do you feel like history is repeating right now?”
— Host Brian Stelter’s question to Star Trek actor George Takei (who spent time as a child in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during WWII), as aired on CNN’s Reliable Sources, June 24.
The Legacy of Trump and His Nazi Supporters = Traumatized Babies
— Co-host Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 18.
“If we are working towards November, we can no longer say Trump’s the bad guy. If you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy, if you vote for Trump, you are ripping children from parents’ arms....What the Democrats have to do is make the next election a referendum on not who Trump is but who you are...If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis going ‘you here, you here.’....It’s a given, the evilness of Donald Trump. But if you vote, you can no longer separate yourself.”
— MSNBC political analyst Donny Deutsch on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 18.
Put Trump on Trial at the Hague for Human Rights Violations
“I am not surprised by this president sort of extolling the virtues of a dictator because, you know, if you read anything about human rights violations here in our own country, this president, since his presidency, human rights violations here in the U.S. have spiraled....This is someone who has targeted immigrants, targeted refugees, allowed children to be taken away from their mothers....The fact he doesn’t care about human rights violations in Korea, why is anybody surprised?”
— Co-host Sunny Hostin on ABC’s The View, June 14.
Trump’s Politics of “White Nostalgia” Reminiscent of Munich 1928
“What President Trump is, is the most vivid manifestation of some of our worst instincts and what I think is the fear of the other, the paranoid style, the idea there’s a conspiracy that immigrants are coming. In the 1920s, we had 50,000 Klansmen walk down Pennsylvania Avenue without wearing masks. There were 3-5 million members of the Klan not over 100 years ago. And when people say we were hijacked, we weren’t. We were pushed back. And to some extent what the President is governing on is a politics of grievance and white nostalgia.”
— Former Newsweek editor and presidential historian Jon Meacham on ABC’s The View, June 26.
“He’s inciting, through mass rallies and constantly lying, fervor in a political base. He scapegoats minority populations and affixes blame to them for every problem the country faces. He alleges conspiracies of nefarious forces. He creates a mass sense of victimization among his base. And then he asserts extraordinary claims of power to protect the victims from the scapegoated populations and the nefarious conspiracy. That is fundamentally illiberal – deeply un-American – and, frankly, could be straight out of Munich circa 1928.”
— MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, June 26.
Trump’s Team of “Terrorists” Taking Kids Hostage
“This whole administration – it’s like a Liam Neeson Taken movie. These guys are terrorists, right?...Until we recognize that we are operating with a white nationalist government that will take children hostage to get what they want, even if it’s just a tax cut, the Democrats and anyone else resisting doesn’t really know what they’re fighting.”
— MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson on MSNBC’s AM Joy, June 17.
Time Editor Defends His Fake News
“I think John Moore’s photo was and will remain an iconic one. We chose the photo because this little girl became the face of this story on front pages and home pages and TV screens and Facebook feeds....We discussed it, as we discuss every cover, and we felt that, I felt that this photo symbolized this moment in America. She became the face of this debate, of this crisis, and juxtaposing her with the person in whose decisions, in whose hands her fate was held I thought was a powerful, important statement of the decisions we have to make as a country.”
— Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal on CNN’s Reliable Sources, June 24.
I Apologize for Not Being Obnoxiously Rude “Sooner”
“I’m sorry to those people for waiting so long and holding my temper. I am sorry that I am extremely angry with this administration that has lied to me, continues to lie to me. I’m sorry as a reporter that for so long I thought that the idea was to – I was struggling so hard to do my job, I forgot my job is to comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable and ask questions for those who have no voice.”
— Playboy correspondent Brian Karem discussing his outburst at June 14 White House press briefing with Sarah Huckabee Sanders as aired on CNN’s Reliable Sources, June 17.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Had It Coming
“People have seen this president lie and lie and lie and lie time and again. They’ve seen him do outrageous offensive things. Sarah Sanders, his spokesperson, has become the face of this administration....Some people find the idea of tearing children away from their families and then lying about it morally offensive. And don’t want to be part of that...You make choices in life. And there is a cost to being an accomplice to this cruel deceitful administration.”
— CNN contributor Ana Navarro discussing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders being thrown out of Virginia restaurant, on CNN Newsroom with Fredericka Whitfield, June 23.
“There’s a moral and psychic cost to participating in the fiction that people who work for Trump are in any sense public servants. I don’t blame staff members at the Virginia restaurant, the Red Hen, for not wanting to help Sanders unwind after a hard week of lying to the public about mass child abuse.”
— New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg in June 25 article “We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners”
Matthews’ Marching Orders: “Time for Vengeance!”
“If he [Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy] gets replaced by a hardline social conservative....The Democratic leadership will have hell to pay. They cannot let this happen....They’ve got to do exactly to the other side what Mitch McConnell did to them, play hardball and win...They shouldn’t have a meeting with any of his [Donald Trump’s] nominees. They shouldn’t have any hearings, they shouldn’t show up for any hearings...This is the time for the Democratic base to roar up and say no more of this crap!...This is time for vengeance for what happened two years ago.”
— Hardball host Chris Matthews during MSNBC’s live coverage of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement, June 27.
Trump and Conservative Justices Fulfilled “Bin Laden’s Vision”
“Today [Supreme Court decision on Trump travel ban] was a fantastic fulfillment of Osama bin Laden’s vision by Donald J. Trump. What Osama bin laden hoped to provoke was a war of civilization. A war between the west and 1 billion Muslims and so what Donald Trump and this Muslim ban signaled to the world is that Muslims are not welcome here, that this is whether the conservative justices say that, in fact, this is about executive power.”
— MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House, June 26.
Do We Need an Emergency Broadcast System for Trump?
“From your perch, running the Washington Post, observing President Trump and having to cover this story everyday, is this a form of a national emergency? Are we living through a national emergency? And if so, how in the heck should journalists be covering it that way?”
— CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter to Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron at the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27.
Is Trump a “Wannabe Despot?”
Time contributor/MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan: “Donald Trump can relate to authoritarians. He, as a former businessman, he likes absolute control and we’ve seen – ”
Host Chris Matthews: “Is he a wannabe despot?”
Jordan: “I’ve conceded that for years now.”
— MSNBC’s Hardball, June 11.
Dyson’s Ugly Excretion of Words
“We got a guy [Donald Trump] who gets up every morning and excretes the feces of his moral depravity into a nation he has turned into a psychic commode. That’s what he’s done. And he’s a bigot-in-chief and a racist in residence...Look at this mendacious, relentlessly lying, bigoted, ill-informed person that we have. He has the fleshly thesaurus of white supremacy reduced to one body.”
— New York Times Opinion Contributing Editor Michael Eric Dyson on ABC’s The View, June 4.
Justifying Bill’s Bitterness
“Perhaps any of us with the experiences in political life of Bill and Hillary Clinton would feel the same suspicion/anger/bitterness toward the media.”
— June 4 tweet from CNBC reporter John Harwood, discussing Bill Clinton’s bitter reaction to being asked by NBC’s Craig Melvin about Monica Lewinsky on June 4 NBC’s Today show.
The View Freaks Out Over Supreme Court Vacancy
“Let’s have everybody a Republican. The Supreme Court, the Congress, the presidency! What is that called? Dictatorship I believe!”
— Co-host Joy Behar on ABC’s The View, June 28.
“I’m trying to hold onto my personal rights so that you can have the rights you want. See? Because if you take mine, I feel like you’re the one with the problem. If you take my right away from me, to judge what I do for my family and my body, I got a little problem with that. You got a problem. You don’t want people to take your guns? Get out of my behind! Get out of my vagina! Get out!”
— Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg on ABC’s The View, June 28.
Celebrities Scream Over Supreme Court
“Every single institution or agency in our government is being dismantled by this administration. Congress, gone, SCOTUS, gone, the Executive branch, in the hands of a madman, the FBI, DOE, EPA, etc. etc. etc. And you thought it couldn’t happen here.”
— June 27 tweet by actress/singer Bette Midler, in reaction to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement.
“SUPREME COURT NOW COMPLETELY RIGHT WING ‘trumps SUPREME COURT’ WILL TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS‼ ROE V.WADE, GAY RIGHTS, TOO MANY TO LIST‼ THIS BLOW COULDN’T BE MORE SEVERE‼ IF WE DONT FIGHT LIKE OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT, SOME AMERICANS COULD FIND THEMSELVES IN INTERNMENT CAMPS.”
— June 27 tweet by singer/actress Cher.
Tag-Teaming Against “Evil” Trump’s “Racism”
Film Director Rob Reiner: “This is about racism. This is pure and simple racism – that’s all this is. He’s hoping that the people who support him will be ginned up and running to the polls to make sure that brown people don’t come into America.”...
Producer Michele Reiner: “My mother was in Auschwitz. She got separated from her entire family – lost her entire family....They follow the exact pattern that Hitler has – I hate to say it – with the propaganda, even down to the Red Cross went into Auschwitz. They cleaned it up for two days – it looked fine – they went back – they said everything seems fine there....To quote that new book that just came out, he is evil. He is evil.”
— MSNBC’s AM Joy, June 24.
Hollywood Settles It: No More “Debate,” Trump is a Nazi
“He’s a Nazi. He wants no judicial process. He kidnapped children and commits acts of violence for political gain and to support his racist views. He admires violent dictators. Trump is a Nazi. The debate is over. Soon we will have proof he is a Nazi supported by the Russians.”
— June 25 tweet by director Judd Apatow.
“I know there are a bunch of people upset at the Nazi comparisons, but the highlighting-crimes-by-immigrants move is literally what the Nazis did, with Jews instead of immigrants. A sure fire way to stop being compared to Nazis is to stop acting like them.”
— June 24 tweet by HBO’s Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani.
Fonda Flips Out
“WE SHOULD RIP BARRON TRUMP FROM HIS MOTHER’S ARMS AND PUT HIM IN A CAGE WITH PEDOPHILES AND SEE IF MOTHER WILL WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE GIANT ASSHOLE SHE IS MARRIED TO. 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY. FUCK”
— June 20 tweet from actor/director Peter Fonda. First Lady Melania Trump asked the Secret Service to contact the actor. Fonda deleted the tweet and eventually apologized.
America Already “Worst Abusers,” But “Twisted” Trump Has Made Us Worse
“We are already among the worst abusers of Human Rights on this earth. And we are inches away from being investigated by The Hague for our newly formed Fascist ways. All ths in the 510 days of his twisted regime.”
— June 18 tweet by actor Ron Perlman.
Rooting for a Recession
“Can I ask about the economy? Because this economy is going pretty well....for now, right....I feel like the bottom has to fall out at some point and by the way, I’m hoping for it because I think one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy.”
— Host Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, June 8.
U.S. Can’t Be Trusted With Nukes, Now that Trump is Office
“For so long we were able to be the one country, well not the one country but the main country with nuclear weapons besides the Soviet Union, who was trying to get other people to give up their nuclear weapons that we were able to do that because it’s kind of a hypocritical stance. You can’t have what we have because it was assumed in the world we’re the good people. But now, I think a lot of these countries, Iran included, look at us like ‘why should we give up what you have, you’re not the good people anymore, look at the who your president is.’”
— Host Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, June 8.
“I’m gonna say one thing, ‘F— Trump!’ It’s no longer ‘Down With Trump,’ it’s ‘F— Trump!’”
— Actor Robert DeNiro at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, as reported by The Wrap. The original June 10 CBS broadcast silenced the offending words.
Huh? Did He Not Watch CNN During the Clinton Years?
“This is the first time in American history where we have a President who is supported by essentially state-run media, you know, with Fox and Breitbart and Sinclair and Alex Jones. It’s very, very tough because those people are cemented into their information bubble and hard to break through.....The difference now is that the propaganda and the lies that are coming out of the White House are backed up by big chunks of media. That didn’t happen during the Clinton – Clinton got a lot of pressure, and he pushed back in his world of propaganda, but he wasn’t supported by the mainstream media.”
— Film director Rob Reiner on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, June 7.