HuffPo's Sam Stein: Trump Is Close to ‘Talking About Internment Camps’

Frequent MSNBC guest and Huffington Post senior politics editor Sam Stein thinks that Donald Trump is very close to “talking about internment camps.” Rather than discuss the mounting concerns over the pending influx of people into our country, on Thursday, the Morning Joe squad picked apart Trump’s every word at a rally in Atlanta:

DONALD TRUMP: Even if you had a small percentage of people coming in thinking like this person, who, again, was born here, but his parents weren't and his ideas weren't born here. His ideas were born from someplace else.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: So, so Donald Trump got it right that time. That he was born here. But his parents weren't. But his parents weren't. Donald Trump's parents -- Donald Trump's mother wasn't born here.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I mean, who—

SCARBOROUGH: She was born in Scotland. 

KASIE HUNT: He’s had wives also who were born elsewhere. [Laughter around the table]

SCARBOROUGH: His wives weren’t born here.

BRZEZINSKI: I think one of them was. 

So, hour after hour, MSNBC lodges attacks against Donald Trump for being a racist and a bully, yet they simultaneously malign him for his policy positions and joke about his wives and children. 

The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein went on to suggest that Trump was one step closer to “talking about internment camps:”

SCARBOROUGH: Scottish family. I mean, his children's mother wasn’t born here. They weren’t born here.

BRZEZINSKI: [Laughs] No it’s—

SAM STEIN:  It’s funny but it’s not.

BRZEZINSKI: It’s not funny. Thank you, Sam.

SCARBOROUGH: No, no, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s an absolute joke.

STEIN: He’s talking about mosque surveillance. I mean he's this close, this close to talking about internment camps. This close to talking about internment camps. It is a very scary proposition that someone could cast a whole religion in this light, and then essentially be in a place to build policy—

Which part is funny, or not funny? The part where a senior politics editor equates mosque surveillance to internment camps? Or the part where Host Mika Brzezinski audibly laughed that Trump’s wives were from another country, yet assured viewers that “it’s not funny.”

If only MSNBC was a leader, not a follower, perhaps the conversation would pivot to something more substantial. Such as addressing homegrown terrorism and lone wolf attacks that are directly related to the spread and influence of ISIS, not talking about what countries Donald Trump’s wives are from.

Rest assured, Host Joe Scarborough reminded Republicans that the ultimate price is just around the corner:

SCARBOROUGH: This is so outrageous that if Republican leaders don't step up and speak out soon, they are going to pay the ultimate price. They cannot remain silent any longer.

IGNATIUS: Well I, we were talking during the break about the ultimate price. And I hear and I think all of us around the table hear more from Republicans. Maybe it's going to take a real blowout in 2016 to purge this set of bad, dangerous ideas for the party out of the party, so that the Republicans lose so badly they won't do it again. 

Thanks, Joe, but conservatives need not be reminded of the precarious current political situation. But the ultimate price is not the loss of a presidential election. The ultimate price is the loss of life endured through senseless terrorism vis-à-vis the growing global influence of ISIS. There will be more elections, but we can’t afford for there to be more Orlando’s or San Bernardino’s.

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06-16 MSNBC Morning Joe
6:25:13 AM - 6:30:27 AM

DONALD TRUMP: Even if you had a small percentage of people coming in thinking like this person, who, again, was born here, but his parents weren't and his ideas weren't born here. His ideas were born from someplace else. 

DONALD TRUMP: We have Hillary who wants to bring people in, spend billions and billions of dollars on bringing people in. As to whether they assimilate or not, you make the decision. But assimilation has not been exactly a positive factor. And you look at the beliefs of Sharia, and it's called execution for things you would say are like standard parts of life. We have people come in and do not kid yourself, that's what they believe, that's what they want, that's what they practice and we're taking this people in. 

[End of Video]

[Clip from Trump on Greta Van Sustren 6/15]

GRETA VAN SUSTREN: That was an American-born Muslim.

TRUMP: Well his father came in and his father seems to be pretty radical, frankly. I've been watching that whole situation, if you look at the past. He was pretty tough I think he probably believes in things that are maybe not in our interests. 

[End of Interview clip]

JOE SCARBOROUGH: So, so Donald Trump got it right that time. That he was born here. But his parents weren't. But his parents weren't. Donald Trump's parents -- Donald Trump's mother wasn't born here.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I mean, who—

JOE SCARBOROUGH: She was born in Scotland. 

KASIE HUNT: He’s had wives also who were born elsewhere.

[Laughter around the table]

SCARBOROUGH: His wives weren’t born here.

BRZEZINSKI: I think one of them was. 

SCARBOROUGH: Scottish family. I mean, his children's mother

SAM STEIN: I mean—

SCARBOROUGH: --wasn’t born here. They weren’t born here.

BRZEZINSKI: [Laughs] No it’s—

STEELE: Investigate.

SAM STEIN:  It’s funny but it’s not.

BRZEZINSKI: It’s not funny. Thank you, Sam.

SCARBOROUGH: No, no, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s an absolute joke.

STEIN: He’s talking about mosque surveillance. I mean he's this close, this close to talking about internment camps. This close to talking about internment camps. It is a very scary proposition that someone could cast a whole religion in this light, and then essentially be in a place to build policy—[end inaudible because Scarborough interrupts]

SCARBOROUGH: But, but hold on a second, though. This isn't just about religion. Donald Trump castigated a judge from Indiana. 

STEIN: Yeah.

SCARBOROUGH: A Hoosier—

STEELE: Right.

SCARBOROUGH: Because his parents weren’t born here. Donald Trump is taking this a generation or two back. And again, Donald Trump--

DAVID IGNATIUS: Don’t forget he questioned the loyalty of a sitting president, who once upon a time he said might not have been born here either. 

STEIN: Yes.

BRZEZINSKI: Right.

SCARBOROUGH: So Donald Trump's mother and two of his wives not born here.

STEIN: Can't trust him. 

SCARBOROUGH: Are we saying by Donald Trump's standards that his children are now—

STEELE: Suspect.

SCARBOROUGH: Suspect? Because that's exactly what he's saying, David Ignatius. This is so outrageous that if Republican leaders don't step up and speak out soon, they are going pay the ultimate price. They cannot remain silent any longer.

IGNATIUS: Well I, we were talking during the break about the ultimate price. And I hear and I think all of us around the table hear more from Republicans. Maybe it's going to take a real blowout in 2016 to purge this set of bad, dangerous ideas for the party out of the party, so that the Republicans lose so badly they won't do it again. 

BRZEZINSKI: Gosh we keep saying like it has to get worse, it has to get worse, has to get worse. 

IGNATIUS: But you do hear in Trump's comments a misunderstanding of what America is all about, specifically in this last sound clip, he talked about how we don’t assimilate people. The true--

SCARBOROUGH: That’s actually as ignorant a statement I’ve ever heard in my life.

BRZEZINSKI: That is the most untrue statement.

IGNATIUS: Every European country. 

SCARBOROUGH: Better than—hey, hey David, David, compared to every country on the planet we assimilate and have done so for 240 years better than any country on the planet. How does he say that?

IGNATIUS: I don’t think he gets it.

STEELE: I don't know if it's so much a misunderstanding of what America is about but an interpretation of what they think or perceive America is becoming or has become. And the fear that’s associate with that, that’s the driving argument behind what he is saying. That's the driving argument. That's how this campaign began, talking about the wall and talking about Mexicans. It was peaking and speaking to a particular fear emanating at the level that we don't see that much about or from. 

SCARBOROUGH: So now we're talking, now we’re taking back a generation. We started with people coming back illegally

STEELE: And that’s what it goes back--

SCARBOROUGH: And now we're going back a generation. You're a suspect if you're illegal, okay.

BRZEZINSKI: No. It’s worse.

SCARBOROUGH: Okay. Then you're a suspect if you're a legal immigrant. Now you're a suspect if your parents immigrated here back in the 1940s. 

BRZEZINSKI: And only from certain countries. Which is why his children don't apply. 

STEIN: Right.

BRZEZINSKI: Which is why the very concern we he had about the judge applies to his attitude, towards why things don’t apply to his family, that he’s applying to other people. And they are racist. 


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