The Last Word
On Friday night and on Saturday, several MSNBC shows threw around charges of racism by Georgia Republicans as the liberal news network continued hyping the story of 53,000 new voter registrations being held in a "pending" status until those voters verify their information.
On Friday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, as Ari Melber substitute hosted the show, he misleadingly gave the impression that President Donald Trump's administration were the ones who began the practice of requiring illegal immigrant children to appear alone in court, even though his own network has previously noted that the questionable practice has been going on for years under previous Presidents.
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.
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell revved up his Outrage Machine on Friday night, once it became apparent that Brett Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. There was a new crime against democracy – or rather, there was a very old crime. It’s called the Senate. O’Donnell mourned that he used to be proud to work in the Senate, but it slowly dawned on him that the Senate is “an unfixable crime against democracy,” perpetuated by a group of racist, sexist Founding Fathers.
On Monday's The Last Word show, MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson hyperbolically claimed that President Donald Trump "attacks any and all black people who weren't bojangling for him" and declared that the President views "black people who do nice things" as "enemies" during a discussion of the President's recent attacks on CNN host Don Lemon and the NBA's LeBron James.
On Monday night, MSNBC prime-time shows spent the vast majority of their time discussing President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court. Of the 27 guests which appeared over the four-hour block from 8:00 p.m. to midnight ET, not a single conservative was given time to speak about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night, MSNBC National Affairs Analyst John Heilemann wrote off Republican responses to President Trump’s immigration policy as little more than self-interested. Heilemann argued that Republicans were facing an existential crisis and that “this policy was going to put 100 Republican seats in jeopardy.”
Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday accused congressional Republicans of nothing more than political theater in their responses to the FBI text scandal. He treated the texts as a sideshow, and he attempted to present Republicans as hypocrites by comparing their criticisms of the FBI at a congressional hearing to their own criticisms of Donald Trump.
MSNBC, continuing to seize on Tennessee Senator Bob Corker accusing the Republican Party of acting like a "cult," has doubled down on the accusations of cultishness that started with Chris Matthews. While appearing on The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday, The Root’s editor Jason Johnson suggested that cults of personality have infected the GOP for decades.
In a segment on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night, host O’Donnell and guest Ron Klain, former senior Obama aide, wrote the eulogy for the Republican Party in California. Narrowly focusing on Tuesday's Senate primary in which incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein was the heavy favorite, the GOP was described as being “wiped out” and Feinstein’s predictable victory as nothing short of “stunning”
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has a reputation as a liberal bomb thrower (and hater of hammering). And during Wednesday’s edition of The Last Word, he had his claws out for House Speaker Paul Ryan who earlier that day announced he was retiring. According to the MSNBC host, Ryan was a worse speaker than pedophile Dennis Hastert and the pre-Civil War speakers who owned slaves; all because “they were all more effective in their job as speaker than Paul Ryan,” who wouldn’t oppose Trump.
After some liberal journalists initially praised President Trump’s willingness to meet with murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, a number of them remembered later Thursday night that they’re members of The Resistance. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was one such lefty, telling host Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word that Trump has made “a dangerous gamble,” despite Kristof’s past encouragement for direct talks and engagement.