MSNBC’s first concern is for the well-being of the Democratic Party, not reporting the news or giving their viewers the truth. Those who are aware of this fact will not be surprised by this segment which aired on Tuesday morning's Stephanie Ruhle Reports.
During a segment on next year’s midterm elections, Ruhle claimed Republicans, along with former President Trump, are “seizing” on the surge in crime across the country to attack Biden and the Democrats. She then whined that between the Democratic Party’s razor-thin majority and several red states gaining congressional seats in the latest census, they are in trouble in the 2022 midterm elections. At one point, Ruhle fretted, "How do you fight this?"
Ruhle brought in far-left political scientist and Strike PAC co-founder Rachel Bitecofer to whine: “Rachel, Democrats want to rewrite the rules here. Republicans, they're already bending them. If Democrats do not fight back, what are the odds of a red wave?” Shockingly, Bitecofer told the truth that Democrats are in fact in trouble in next year's midterm elections:
They're excellent. You know, as a trained political scientist, one of the most endearing and enduring trends in political science literature is the thing called the midterm effect, which is you know more than 40 years of that president's party losing seats in that subsequent midterm election. So we call those fundamentals. And because of that trend, it’s only been broken twice, in '98 and 2001 [sic], you know it does suggest that Republicans will be in a good position.
Ruhle was clearly not happy that her worst fears for 2022 were confirmed. After playing clips of various Fox News personalities, the smug MSNBC host said “Republicans are really, really good at branding, irrelevant of what the truth is, and they've got media networks that prop this up, media networks that are considered news. How do you fight this?”
Isn’t MSNBC supposed to be a news network? Why is one of their alleged straight news hosts strategizing on how to fight Republicans? The short answer is because MSNBC is not a news network. It is a propaganda network for the DNC. They are nothing more than stenographers for Democrats in Congress and in the White House.
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Stephanie Ruhle Reports
9:43 a.m. Eastern
STEPHANIE RUHLE: We are more than a year out from the midterms, but Democrats are already facing an uphill climb. President Biden just met with Eric Adams, New York City's Democratic nominee for mayor, after he ran a tough-on-crime campaign. It comes as cities across the country are grappling with a serious surge in violent crime. Now Republicans like former President Trump are seizing on that, and seizing on that and trying to tie Democrats and their defund the police messaging to heading into next year, claiming that messaging is the reason for this spike in crime. It's very bad news for Democrats, with a razor-thin House majority and a tie in the Senate. And several red states picking up congressional seats after last year’s census.
My next guest predicted the blue wave in 2018 and now she is sounding the alarm about a red one next year. Joining me now, Strike PAC co-founder and political scientist Rachel Bitecofer. Also with us, Michael Bender, he is a White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the new book out today, "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.” Rachel, Democrats want to rewrite the rules here. Republicans, they're already bending them. If Democrats do not fight back, what are the odds of a red wave?
RACHEL BITECOFER: They're excellent. You know, as a trained political scientist, one of the most endearing and enduring trends in political science literature is the thing called the midterm effect, which is you know more than 40 years of that president's party losing seats in that subsequent midterm election. So we call those fundamentals. And because of that trend, it’s only been broken twice, in '98 and 2001, you know it does suggest that Republicans will be in a good position.
And of course, my own research which is you know, an unorthodox approach to understanding how Americans behave in a polarized environment, argues, look if these days there's not a lot of swing vote in the electorate, there's some and it's important but there’s not a lot of it, what really matters is the coalitional turnout of each party, which includes their base and left or right-leaning independents. So you know, that's where that strategy and messaging really comes in.
And as you were leading into the show, talking about defund the police, if you’ve got Republicans you know tying every single Democrat, very few of whom actually support defunding the police, to that position, and Democrats you know, are not effectively countering that message, I don't know by explaining that they don't want to defund police, I mean by launching their own counter offense and really making the GOP pay the price for bringing up the topic of crime in the city, which is of course determined largely by poverty and access to firearms, then yeah, they're going to be at a competitive disadvantage. Cause the Republican Party, you know we like to...
BITECOFER: ...point out their problems, but they’re very shrewd at electioneering.
RUHLE: Then let's talk about the Republicans' shrewdness. Because the problem with defund the police, while it might do the best work, and while it might not remove law and order and instead improve it, I want to show you what half of our country sees. Take a look at this.
[Cuts to video]
FOX NEWS REPORTER: The rise in crime and the left's push to defund police.
BRIAN KILMEADE: They want to get rid of the police, if not actually using the word defund because it's so radioactive, they want to get, they think the police are the problem.
HARRIS FAULKNER: Still no plans to push back on far-left policies or the defund the police movement.
[Cuts back to live]
RUHLE: Republicans are really, really good at branding, irrelevant of what the truth is, and they've got media networks that prop this up, media networks that are considered news. How do you fight this?
BITECOFER: It's actually not that hard Stephanie, the problem is you have to be able to see the solution and develop...
RUHLE: Well, it's not happening.
BITECOFER: Right, well I mean it’s happening here. It’s been happening on my Twitter thread through this entire trying four, five-year period. You know, I very clearly articulate to Democrats this is what you do. Right? Because the midterm effect is about you know being a referendum on the in party. So if you go and design your campaign strategy and you utilize your own media networks in a strategic way, you can't just blunder through it, you have to design it, then you can make 2022 a referendum on the Republican Party's performance during the pandemic, during the economic collapse that came after, and of course what's going on now, where you have a party that’s so radical, it removed Liz Cheney from her leadership position because she would not tow the line on the big lie.
But you're absolutely right, this is not something that the Democratic Party has any propensity to do within the organization, it has to be via a private, like a outside group. And that’s why I say that Strike PAC is basically the SpaceX of you know, of campaigns. It's going to space but it's doing it in a totally different way that I think is much more effective in terms of winning elections.