From fascism to the Forbidden Fruit, and more, Morning Joe had it all on Friday when it came to the indictment of Donald Trump.
Al Sharpton gloried in the fact that Alvin Bragg, "a black man whose great-grandfather had no rights," could indict the former most powerful person in the country. Obviously, if a black Republican indicted a Democrat, this wouldn't be celebrated as cosmic comeuppance on MSNBC.
Jon Meacham, the scholar who as the top editor of Newsweek promoted the "biblical case for gay marriage," turned to the Book of Genesis to make a strained analogy to the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden [see screencap of him seeming to reach for it.] The Republicans are all versions of Adam, so intoxicated by the appeal of power that they reached for it, and are unwilling to give up that apple, even though they believe Trump to be a bad person.
In a country-club allusion, Meacham referred to mainstream Republicans like Gov. Glenn Youngkin of Virginia: "These are men's grill enablers, right? These are 19th hole enablers of a quest for power above all." Jon the Preacher suggested our American experiment could die because Republicans obsess over "tax rates above all."
Joe Scarborough, fulfilling his contractual obligation to work "fascism" into every conversation concerning Trump, then added "the men's grill enablers of Trumpism, a form of fascism. Hope those drinks on the 19th hole are enjoyable for 'em."
Morning Joe and the rest of the liberal media might revel in Trump's predicament. But our country is headed into uncharted waters from which no one might emerge a winner. At least Willie Geist was willing to suggest that it's possible that a judge will dismiss the whole thing.
Here's the transcript
6:22 am EDT
AL SHARPTON: I think we need to try to, in the moment we're in, look at the good and the bad. As a civil-rights activist, I look at the fact that you have a black man whose great-grandfather had no rights anyone was bound to respect, could indict the former most powerful person in this country. That gives me hope that this country is evolving, amidst all of what we're going through in terms of the trauma of the moment.
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JOE SCARBOROUGH: These so-called mainstream Republicans: they say he's destroying the republic, but oh!, they'll support him if he's the Republican nominee.
JON MEACHAM: Yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: I would love to know where that comes from.
MEACHAM: It is elemental, Joe, right? I mean, these are men's grill enablers, right? These are 19th hole enablers of a quest for power above all.
This is really elemental, right? It's about Genesis. It's about your, that there is a, there's knowledge, there's power. There's something that you are told you can't have, and, yet, you want it. And so you take it. And once you take it, you don't want to let it go.
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The law's not as clinical as we sometimes want it to be. We have to, as Montesquieu wrote, we have to follow the spirit of it. And that's the test we're facing. And if those who put power above all, or tax rates above all, could, in fact, be fatal to this experiment. That's what we're facing.
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. The men's, the men's grill enablers of Trumpism, a form of fascism. Hope those drinks on the 19th hole are enjoyable for 'em.