In what must be at least the twentieth media installment of "I can't be objective about this," MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski brought out her death stare as she reacted on Friday's Morning Joe show to Donald Trump's characterization of Hillary Clinton as a bigot — after several months during which Mrs. Clinton, her campaign and the press (but I repeat myself) have routinely called Trump or his rhetoric "racist."
Apparently unaware that we heard her the first time, Brzezinski addressed Mr. Trump as if there, saying "You have no idea" three separate times, and also said, "I can't pretend and sort of try to cover this fairly and put it in a veil of objectivity." Why don't you tell us something we didn't already know?
The clueless one is Brzezinski if she really believes that Trump's observations about what 50 years of Democratic Party "compassion" have done to America's inner cities are off-base, or if she really believes that Hillary Clinton won't be thrilled to accept another four or more years of lost opportunity, shattered dreams and lost lives there by making promises she has no intention of keeping in the name of getting elected.
The full video segment found at MSNBC's YouTube channel begins with Mike Barnicle saying, "We've never been here before," referring to both parties suggesting the other one was bigoted.
Then Al Sharpton said, "And I hope we don't return." Yes, the same Al Sharpton who on "December 8, 1995 ... incited the violent firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem," killing seven. He did so by "let(ting) others push the anti-Semitic hatred ... on his (radio) show." Sorry Al, we know that you need a continuation of racial strife like the rest of us need air.
The video segment which follows shows portions of Trump's Thursday speech in Manchester, New Hampshire; a portion of an interview Trump had with a reporter from WMUR; and two clips from his interview with Anderson Cooper, who couldn't comprehend how a person representing disastrous decades of urban policy failures and who essentially wants to continue them — even though she and her party have to know that they won't work, because they haven't for 50 years — could be considered a bigot:
Transcript (bolds are mine):
(clip from August 25 Manchester, New Hampshire rally)
DONALD TRUMP: It's a movement, folks, like they've never seen before. And going to accuse decent Americans who support this campaign, your campaign, of being racists, which we're not. (Audience boos.)
It's the oldest play in the Democratic playbook. When Democratic policies fail, they are left with only this one tired argument: "You're racist You're racist You're racist." They keep saying it, "You're racist."
They keep going back to the same well. But you know what? The people are becoming very smart. They've heard it too many times before. The well is dry. The well is dry.
(clip from interview with an identified reporter from New Hampshire TV station WMUR)
REPORTER: She's trying to turn this around on you now, saying you're bringing a hate movement mainstream. Do you want white supremacists to vote for you?
TRUMP: No, I don't. Not at all. I will tell you this, this is not about hate, this is about love. We love our country. We want to country to come back. We want our country to be strong again.
(clip from interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN)
ANDERSON: You directly called her a bigot.
TRUMP: Well, she is a bigot. Because if you look at the inner cities. If you look at what's happening to African Americans and Hispanics in this country.
-- (snip) --
COOPER: How is she bigoted?
TRUMP (talking over Cooper as he tries to interject the definition of "bigot"): Because she's selling them down the tubes, because she's not doing anything for those communities. She talks a good game and doesn't do anything.
COOPER: So you're suggesting that she has hatred?
TRUMP: Her policies are bigoted. Her policies are bigoted because she knows they're not going to work.
COOPER: But you're saying she's personally bigoted.
TRUMP: Well, she is. Of course she is. Her policies, they're her policies, she comes out with policies, and others that believe like she does also.
Look at the poverty. Look at the rise in poverty. Look at the rise in violence.
COOPER: But hatred is at the core of it?
TRUMP: Well, Or maybe she's lazy. I don't know what it is.
(Back in studio to Mika Brzezinski)
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: We were just talking off set. I just have to say it. Donald Trump, you have no idea what your words mean. You have no idea. You have no idea what your words mean. And I can't pretend and sort of try to cover this fairly and put it in a veil of objectivity. This is wrong. You have no idea what your words mean and what you're doing to this country.
After almost eight years of what our current President, his Justice Department, and violent groups like the presidentially-welcomed Black Lives Matter have done to our country's race relations, it's impossible to have even a little bit of sympathy for Brzezinski's case of the vapors over Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a bigot. What else could possibly explain the fact that Mrs. Clinton advocates the continuation and/or expansion of policies which have only made things worse for the poor, including a disproportionate number of African-Americans, for over 50 years?
If the Justice Department wants to find genuine implicit racism and bias, instead of assuming that every white cop in America is a closet racist, it should look into Mrs. Clinton's and the entire Democratic Party's highly developed contempt — a synonym for hatred, and which would fit her into Anderson Cooper's inserted definition of "bigot" — for underprivileged African Americans. After all, nothing has changed. Sadly, they keep voting for Democrats because for decades almost no one presented a meaningful challenge.
44 years ago, ahead of his time in perception, Stevie Wonder railed at Democrats who by then controlled America's major cities. He called them "Big Brother," and wrote: "You just come to visit me 'round election time." Stevie Wonder may now be a leftist and an Obama supporter, but that won't ever change the damning lyrical truth he recorded for posterity in 1972.
Over 40 years later, Mika Brzezinski, what's different?
Your silence is deafening.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.