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.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe darkly warns why Rudy Giuliani’s ‘lies and gibberish’ are no laughing matter
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough laughed uproariously at Rudy Giuliani's careening denials and admissions to possible crimes involving Ukraine, and then darkly noted that his bizarre "gibberish" was straight out of the authoritarian handbook.
"Morning Joe" panelists cracked up at President Donald Trump's attorney angrily denying that he sought election help from Ukraine's government, only to even more angrily justify his reasons for doing what he had just denied.
"When it is going south you put gibberish on the air not to confuse people," said panelist Donny Deutsch, "all of a sudden it's just this noise that's not as distracting that makes you lightheaded."
CNN lays out damning timeline of Trump and Giuliani’s calls to Ukraine seeking dirt on Biden
Following Rudy Giuliani's extraordinary appearance on CNN on Thursday night, where he may have admitted the commission of a crime, the hosts of CNN's "New Day" compiled a timeline linking the approximate date of Trump's phone call that was flagged by a whistleblower to subsequent events involving Ukraine.
According to the timeline, presented by hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, Trump spoke with the president of Ukraine on July 25, with Giuliani meeting with him later that month.
What followed was the August 12 whistleblower complaint and then Trump blocking aide to Ukraine by the end of the month.
‘Game changer’: Morning Joe panel nails Giuliani’s confessional outburst as evidence for Trump impeachment
Panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed President Donald Trump's phone call to Ukraine's president should be a "game changer" -- and was clearly "impeachable."
The July 25 call appears to have triggered a complaint from a whistleblower, after the president allegedly offered military and financial aid to Ukraine in exchange for pursuing an investigation into Joe Biden's son doing business there.
"It does feel like a moment in time," said MSNBC's Donny Deutsch. "We've sat on this set after so many Trump's snafus and this is it -- this is a game changer. If the Democrats can't smell this. I've been going all along, step away from impeachment because when it's a process thing, when it's campaign finance, this is the big one. If this is the case, this is the Super Bowl, and the Democrats need to pounce aggressively."