How hard is it for the British Parliament to agree to the terms of a referendum that was held over three years ago? Apparently "very" and NBC chief global correspondent Bill Neely joined Hallie Jackson on Monday's edition of MSNBC Live to pile on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and to hype some insane solutions the opposition may try to get their way.
Stephen Colbert sat down with British talk show host Graham Norton during Thursday’s edition of The Late Show. Not surprisingly, the two teamed up to trash the leaders of their respective countries: President Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Norton’s commentary definitely indicated that the infiltration of left-wing politics into comedy shows is not unique to the United States.
The bruising political backlash against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his aggressive push in Parliament for a “no deal” exit from the European Union led Thursday’s New York Times. The paper blamed Brexit for everything wrong in British politics while mocking a social conservative politician for lying down on a Parliament bench: "...it was a devastating look, seeming to confirm critics’ worst fears about a government of smug, entitled private school types sleepwalking into a no-deal Brexit that could wreck the economy and starve Britons of food and medicine."
Visits by foreign officials usually pass smoothly and quickly, but that wasn’t the case when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Ireland President Michael Higgins and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkaron on Tuesday, when columnist Miriam Lord didn’t hold back when she hammered the visit for the Irish Times newspaper. In fact, Lord compared the visit to “pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor” and compared the event to thinking “it has been a great success until somebody discovers” that he “sh*t on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him.”
If you are confused about the state of Brexit and the latest news out of Britain surrounding embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have no fear, MSNBC Live host Hallie Jackson invited BBC North America editor Jon Sopel onto her Wednesday show to make sense of it all. After explaining the latest parliamentary maneuvers by both the government and opposition, Jackson asked Sopel what it all means for America and for President Trump. According to Sopel, the big takeaway is that Conservative MPs are willing to stand up to Boris Johnson, but Republicans are not willing to stand up to Donald Trump.
ABC, CBS and MSNBC on Wednesday all gloated at the chaos unfolding in Britain as Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights to bring Brexit to Britain three years after the country voted for it. ABC offered scare mongering warnings, saying that “critics” say “liar” Johnson will bring down the British economy with a no-deal Brexit. MSNBC’s Morning Joe predictably cheered rebel Conservatives who have voted to delay (yet again) Brexit, saying they are more honorable than American Republicans who back Donald Trump.
Thursday’s Hardball not only featured A-block panelists and MSNBC host Chris Matthews defending former FBI Director James Comey for violating DOJ policy to leak to the media, but Matthews floated to his B-block that possibility President Donald Trump could be suffering from dementia. Matthews also compared Trump to Idi Amin, Julius Caesar, and Benito Mussolini, who’s like “an eight-year-old with crayons” who must be stopped, so that’s quite a stretch from dementia to a brutal, strategic dictator.
There was no honeymoon for Boris Johnson, the new Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in the New York Times. The same old hostility greeted him, and his push to make good on the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, known as Brexit: "After a lifetime of joking and blustering and maneuvering his way into jobs and then sabotaging himself with poor preparation and deceitful behavior, Mr. Johnson, 55, seems determined to prove he can put aside his court-jesterish ways and rise to the occasion."
All three networks on Tuesday night offered up mocking, derisive reports on Brexit-supporting Boris Johnson winning his party's support and becoming the new British Prime Minister. ABC, CBS and NBC also highlighted comparisons of the conservative leader to Donald Trump. On World News Tonight, Ian Pannell derided, “To his opponents, he's an ambitious philanderer, unfaithful in marriage, accused of racism and of having no fixed principles. Many have compared him to Donald Trump.”
It looks like MSNBC has decided to embrace a full-out Nazi scare as its 2020 electoral strategy. Last week, appearing on Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch said another Holocaust "could happen here," wondering "are Jews next?" The next day, on Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough described the recent Trump rally in North Carolina as a "Nuremberg" rally. This morning, after portions of a Financial Times column were read analogizing the situation in the US/UK to that of Germany in the early 1930s, Joe Scarborough and Eugene Robinson suggested that the time had come to "sound the alarm."
The New York Times can’t stop whining about how the UK Conservative Party determines its membership. It’s an indirect way to bash Brexit, and Conservative front-runner for the Prime Minister slot Boris Johnson, under the guise of concern for democracy, which is why this obscure issue has become a Times obsession. The latest example appeared in the Sunday edition, “1% of Voters Will Pick Britain’s Prime Minister. The Rest Are Fuming.” The text box: “Brexit gridlock has many questioning a political system.” Just in time to oppose Brexit. How convenient!
Conservative Party members in the United Kingdom will be choosing their next party leader who will become Prime Minister. And Washington Post reporters William Booth and Karla Adam have sniffed their disapproval of the cut of their jibs starting with the fact that they don't think these voters are representative of the general population of Britain despite the fact that the vote is supposed to be composed entirely of Conservative Party members.