One interesting thing about Clint Eastwood’s bizarre appearance at the Republican National Convention, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said on Up With Chris Hayes Saturday, was that Eastwood explicitly mentioned the U.S. war in Afghanistan, something the party’s presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, didn’t discuss at all.
Eastwood stumbled his way through criticizing Obama for setting a 2014 target date for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan – one of only two mentions of the war, one of only two references to Afghanistan during the convention, according to the New York Times.
But Romney’s omission also stands in marked contrast to the forceful tone he adopted when it came to foreign policy and other nations.
“To go into this revelry about all the places you basically want to start something with,” Hayes marveled, before showing a clip from Romney’s own speech at the convention that included a remark about a “united America” that had “a military so strong that no nation would even dare to test it.”
For Romney to be able to get away with not mentioning Afghanistan once in his remarks, Hayes said, illustrated a double standard.
“If a Democratic president had gotten up and given that speech – a nomination speech – and not mentioned the current war in which we are engaged, that would be the Drudge [Report] headline, the Fox headline, that would have dominated the entire coverage,” Hayes told panelists Bob Herbert, Ana Marie Cox, Josh Barro and David Sirota. “I was flabbergasted.”
Watch the segment from Up With Chris Hayes, aired Saturday, below.
Trump’s personal interests have directly undermined national security and election integrity: CNN correspondent
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," correspondent Jim Sciutto broke down a key takeaway from the impeachment hearings.
"We are one year away — less than a year away from the next election, three years after Russia, with consequence, interfered, meddled in the 2016 election," said Sciutto. "One thing is clear from everybody who testified, the president of the United States never expressed any interest in defending the U.S. against that kind of interference. What he did, he was interested in a whole lot of other stuff that undermines that goal of defending U.S. elections from Russian interference, one of which Fiona Hill highlighted there, presenting an alternate explanation, a false one it was Ukraine that somehow hacked the DNC server, not Russia."
Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.
"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.
Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI
Democrat calls out Republican’s ‘epic mansplaining’ to Fiona Hill
Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) apologized to diplomat Dr. Fiona Hill after Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) used his time on the Intelligence Committee to "mansplain" his own political theories.
"Good afternoon, thank you for being here," Maloney began. "Dr. Hill, first of all I thought that was some epic mansplaining that you were forced to endure from my colleague Mr. Turner.
Turner spent his five minutes to speak filibustering and attacking Hill and then refused to allow her to respond. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) then spoke with his own five-minute speech, not asking any questions. He then left the room.