In addition to the kickoff of the Olympics, does Friday also mark the unofficial beginning of the liberal media's campaign against the presidential candidacy of Ron DeSantis—or any Republican who might carry the Trump flame in 2024?
Morning Joe featured a segment focused on NBC international correspondent Keir Simmons's interview with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in which Suga, in careful diplomatic language, seemed to express a preference for President Biden's style compared to that of Trump. Mika Brzezinski and substitute host Jonathan Lemire [of whom we observed yesterday that his role as liberal MSNBC pundit is fundamentally incompatible with his other hat as a supposedly objective Associated Press reporter] then had this exchange:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: President Biden is really -- he's working to sort of reassert, reclaim America's position in terms of its credibility around the world and these leaders validating that there was an aberration, to say the least, for four years.
JONATHAN LEMIRE: No question about that, Mika. Look, there's some worry among foreign leaders there could be a return to that, to Trump or Trumpism if Biden, let's say, serves only one term and Donald Trump or someone like him follows him into office. Right now there is a global sigh of relief.
So foreign leaders are worried Trump, or "someone like him," might be elected in 2024. Gee, wonder who that "someone" might be? Here's looking at you, DeSantis.
Here's more of Lemire: "Now, are there some world leaders who probably miss Biden's predecessor? No doubt! We know that President Biden is far tougher in his rhetoric with Vladimir Putin of Russia, for instance, than Donald Trump ever was."
In addition to Suga's comments, Morning Joe aired those from earlier this week of Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez, who expressed his preference for Biden over Trump in no uncertain terms. Not surprising that Sanchez—of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party—would prefer fellow lefty Biden!
And heaven forbid that Trump, or "someone like him," would be elected in 2024. Rest assured that MSNBC—and the rest of the liberal media—will do everything in their power to prevent that!
Here's the transcript. Click "expand" to read more:
6:19 am EDT
KEIR SIMMONS: Are Japan and the U.S. more aligned than ever in their view of China, and how would you describe the challenge of China?
YOSHIHIDE SUGA [via translator]: Well, in terms of how Japan and the United States view China, with the establishment of the new administration I think we will face the issue based on a new relationship between our two countries that’s different from the relationship between the two leaders of the previous administrations. I think President Biden is a president who tries to build a consensus among allies and like-minded countries in order to advance policies. I think he is that type of president.
SIMMONS: And that’s different from the previous administration?
SUGA: Yes, I think the previous administration advanced issues based on the individual personality of the president, but the Biden administration tries to steer allies and like-minded countries towards the same direction. It’s a different kind of political method.
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MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Those last comments from the Japanese prime minister about President Trump reminded us of something Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said earlier this week in our show earlier this week about the differences between the Biden administration and the former guy.
PEDRO SANCHEZ: I think that when President Biden says America is back, I think it’s good news, not only for you but also for the world. And unfortunately the situation that we had before with the previous administration, the U.S. administration, the Trump administration, was, you know, I would say, very difficult to understand. You know, to see a president of the U.S. saying that European Union is kind of an enemy against the U.S. interest, I think it was a complete mistake.
BRZEZINSKI: Jonathan Lemire, he was answering your question, your take. I mean, President Biden is really — he’s working to sort of reassert, reclaim America’s position in terms of its credibility around the world, and these leaders validating that there was an aberration, to say the least, for four years.
JONATHAN LEMIRE: No question about that, Mika. Now look, there’s certainly some worry among foreign leaders that there could be a return to that, to Trump --
LEMIRE: -- or Trumpism if Biden, let’s say, is only, serves one term, and Donald Trump, or someone like him, follows him into office. But right now there is a global sigh of relief.
Now, are there some world leaders who probably miss Biden's predecessor? No doubt! We know that President Biden is far tougher in his rhetoric with Vladimir Putin of Russia, for instance, than Donald Trump ever was.