Joy Reid challenged her MSNBC colleagues to not be so quick to excuse the apparent plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention. She urged them not to downplay the similarities as the work of disorganized staff, and asked them if First Lady Michelle Obama would have received similar treatment in 2008.
Hallie Jackson on Tuesday morning asked MSNBC contributors for their reactions to Ms. Trump’s speech.
“I’ll start by quoting a guy called Tom Nichols, who’s a conservative and very prominent on Twitter, who said, ‘Ask yourself if Michelle Obama would have been given a pass had she done the same thing in 2008?'” Reid began.
“I think we’re all very quickly passing the responsibility onto staff. Clearly, this is a campaign that is poorly staffed. I think that has been clear for a long time. But they sent Melania Trump over to Matt Lauer to say that she wrote it [the speech].”
Reid turned her attention to her colleagues: “But we’re immediately dismissing the idea that she had anything to do with it. I doubt that we would dismiss the idea that Michelle Obama had anything to do with it.”
“She’s an adult woman,” Reid continued.” She’s grown up. She has participated in the delivery of this speech. She gave the speech. So I think you have to give responsibilty — sure, to the staff, the campaign management has been poor here — but Melania Trump did give the speech and Michelle Obama wouldn’t have gotten a pass.”
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Columnist zeroes in on the ‘biggest deceptions of all’ in Trump’s RNC speech
During this year’s Republican National Convention, the fact-checkers at MSNBC and CNN kept very busy thanks to all of the lies and distortions that came from the speakers — including President Donald Trump. Greg Sargent, in his Washington Post column, stresses that although Trump told a variety of lies during the convention, the ones that stand out centered on the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump grants pardon to Alice Johnson one day after she praises him in RNC primetime speech: ‘God bless President Trump’
President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon granted a full pardon to Alice Marie Johnson, less than 24 hours after she all but endorsed him him in a speech during the final night of the Republican National Convention.
Here's the President with Johnson just an hour ago:
Trump has completely politicized his pardon power. Here he is framing a pardon for Alice Johnson around her showing at the RNC. pic.twitter.com/h9fp2RtRks
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 28, 2020
‘Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually’: Senior Trump official brushes off criticism of maskless crowd at RNC
"This is Covid denial on another level entirely."
A White House official's flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the GOP's ignoring of the coronavirus's horrific toll—have sparked widespread outrage this week.
"Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually," a senior White House official told CNN's Jim Acosta Thursday.
Reporting on the fourth night of the convention, Acosta said, "We not only heard a lot of gaslighting tonight, we possibly saw and witnessed some superspreading from this event."