During an interview with Democratic Congresswoman Primila Jayapal on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle suggested Democrats should shut down the government to force Republicans to back legislation protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It was quite a reversal for Ruhle, who just a few months earlier hammered President Trump for threatening a shutdown if border security legislation wasn’t passed by Congress.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and one of her guests on Friday jumped into conspiracy theory territory while discussing the post-election gubernatorial fight in Georgia. At one point, she lectured Republican Brian Kemp, who appears to have emerged victorious, “Please win fair and square, Brian Kemp.”
On Thursday's MSNBC Live, during a discussion of the mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, host Stephanie Ruhle was worried that the attack would bolster arguments in favor of more gun rights to ward off future attacks as she argued that "college kids" should not carry guns.
On Monday afternoon, the day before Election Day, MSNBC was still running with already discredited charges of "voter suppression" by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp as the Republican runs for governor of the state. MSNBC host Ali Velshi claimed that "actual voter suppression" is an "urgent problem" in this year's election.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, several MSNBC anchors have continued to push discredited claims of "voter suppression" by Georgia Republicans, with host Ali Velshi giving credence to the claims on both days. On Wednesday afternoon shortly before 4:00 p.m. Eastern, during a segment with Adrianne Shropshire of BlackPAC as his guest, Velshi posed:
Apparently, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle isn’t aware that American presidents call and congratulate world leaders upon winning, even if those the victories are disputed or if the individual involved has bad ideas, weird ideas or un-American beliefs. On Wednesday, the host bashed Donald Trump for congratulating Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro. This, apparently, is a coded message to the “far right.”
Tuesday on MSNBC, contributor Eddie Glaude ranted that President Trump was appealing to racism and “whiteness” by talking about the migrant caravan as “invaders” this close to the midterms and feared that “white children” would learn to be racists from the President. The MSNBC panel even tied in the immigration talk to the recent violent hate crimes at a Pittsburgh synagogue and a Kroger grocery store.
Appearing on MSNBC Live With Veslshi & Ruhle Friday afternoon, presidential historian and journalist Jon Meacham joined his liberal media colleagues in predictably blaming President Trump for the mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats throughout the week. When asked how Trump should respond to the incidents, the author insisted: “Well, he needs to take responsibility for having addressed our fears and exacerbated our fears instead of inspiring our hopes.”
The morning after NBC Nightly News scared viewers by instructing them on how to spot bombs in their mail, on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle suggested that explosives might be smuggled around by people dressed in Halloween costumes as the holiday nears. In response, NBC News analyst and former ATF Special Agent Jim Cavanaugh tried to provide calm.
Friday afternoon on MSNBC Live, host Stephanie Ruhle talked with political correspondent Steve Kornacki about the media and Trump’s effect on the upcoming Midterm elections. In a rare moment of self-reflection, the MSNBC team noted that maybe the things they were outraged by weren’t the same things voters cared about.
Between Thursday night and Friday evening, a number of shows on both CNN and MSNBC have pushed claims by Democrats that Georgia Republicans are engaging in "voter suppression" targeted at black voters because of reports that more than 50,000 new voter registrations of mostly black voters are being held in limbo because of errors in the paperwork. But only CNN's Jake Tapper has bothered to note that Secretary of State and gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp gave an explanation for why a disproportionately large number of black voters were affected.
While moderating a panel discussion about the upcoming midterm elections on her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show on Friday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle bemoaned the fact that Democrats may have hurt their chances by the way they attempted to character assassinate Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, admitting that swing voters “don’t like the way Democrats handled it.”