Those who weighed in on this Covington Catholic High School student story include some members of the Catholic clergy, Catholic lay leaders, and non-Catholics. Some were temperate in their remarks and some were vicious. Some have issued a full-throated apology, while others have offered less than a complete apology. Others are sticking to their guns. Two persons went off the cliff.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says that not judging friends according to their vote is "a little harder to do in 2018." Scarborough had tweeted that those voting for "Trump," [i.e., Republicans] are voting for "lies" and "racism."
Howard Dean, appearing on Joy Reid's MSNBC show, did today. Dean cast the battle between Democrats and Republicans as "a struggle about good versus evil, and the President of the United States is evil."
The New York Times reported from Omaha on Saturday: “Trump Seizes On Migrant Caravan to Rev Up Republican Voters.” "Barely two weeks away from an election that threatens to sweep Republicans from power in the House of Representatives and dash any lingering hope of conservative immigration reform, the party, led by President Trump, is leaning more aggressively into dark portrayals of undocumented immigrants in a bid to galvanize voters. Mr. Trump, whose political appeal among his core voters has largely been rooted in warnings about illegal immigration as a threat to American security, sovereignty and identity, has stepped up his hard-line, inflammatory attacks on Latin American migrants...."
Sunday afternoon's MSNBC Live displayed the latest example of how the job of a Republican commentator on MSNBC is to avoid disagreeing too much with the liberal news network's more far-left analysts as weekend host Alex Witt praised frequent guest Susan Del Percio after the Republican strategist declined to voice disagreement with fellow guest Howard Dean's attack on President Donald Trump's fitness for office.
On Sunday afternoon, MSNBC Live displayed another classic example of how the inclusion of Republican analysts on the liberal news network is seldomly about providing a dissenting point of view, but instead to contribute additional liberal bias on top of that already coming from out-of-the-closet liberal analysts. When far-left former DNC chairman Howard Dean gave analysis in which he hyperbolically called former White House advisor Steve Bannon a "Nazi sympathizer," fellow guest Susan Del Percio -- a Republican strategist and frequent MSNBC guest often paired with Dean on weekends -- voiced agreement with her liberal counterpart's analysis while fretting that Bannon will hurt the Republican party.
Appearing as a panel member on Saturday's AM Joy, frequent MSNBC guest Kurt Bardella was again using his history of involvement in Republican politics to bolster the views of liberals on the show -- this time during a discussion of gun control. Bardella -- a former spokesperson for Breitbart News who has made a name for himself bashing his former business client -- talked up the possibility that country music celebrities could get more gun control passed in Congress if they were to publicly move to the left on the issue.
Howard Dean appeared on Monday’s MSNBC Live with Katy Tur and went on an unhinged rant against the state of American politics. He began by first stating that, “the right has been out of step with America for a long time.” This naturally prompted the question by Tur as to why Republicans then control the presidency and Congress. Dean answered by labeling far-right Trump voters as people “with guns that want to shoot up the place” and the NRA as a “white supremacist organization.”
In the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack, President Trump sent off some questionable political tweets where he called for a travel ban and criticized the mayor of London. The tweets were very much a part of the media coverage on Sunday, and it came with heavy condemnation. But during the 12 p.m. hour on MSNBC, anchor Thomas Roberts actually suggested Trump’s tweets were designed to trigger a terrorist to attack civilians in the United States. And he did it, not once but twice.
On Saturday, MSNBC AM Joy host Joy Reid took an entirely new approach to multiculturalism. In a segment on how the Democrats can find a candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020, she mused that perhaps America could just get French president Emmanuel Macron "to rule two countries."
While in the midst of another fun-filled Monday segment of bashing the Trump Administration, the panel of MSNBC’s Morning Joe took the time to once again reiterate the media narrative of the President being tied to Russia. Their target this time was the law firm that Trump uses to manage his taxes, Morganm Lewis, and Bockius. The panelists howled with laughter over the fact that the firm had received in 2016 the Russian Law Firm of the Year Award.
Twice in the last few days, MSNBC hosts have allowed guests to hyperbolically make unfounded claims of bigotry against White House advisor Steve Bannon, with former MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard calling him an "avowed anti-Semite" on Wednesday's Hardball, and current MSNBC contributor Howard Dean calling him a "white supremacist" who "hates Jews" on Saturday's AM Joy. AM Joy host Joy Reid went along with Dean's smear, and Hardball host Chris Matthews, who initially seemed skeptical of his guest's claim, then backed off and let it go.