The crew on Morning Joe took some time to talk about top White House political strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday, and they did not seem very pleased with his work so far.
Co-host Joe Scarborough was particularly aghast that Bannon once proudly described himself as a “Leninist” whose chief desire was to completely destroy the American state.
“It would be hard to find a more villainous historical figure this side of Stalin or Hitler,” Scarborough said of Vladimir Lenin, the communist revolutionary who helped lead the October Revolution in Russia in 1917.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski similarly chimed in to say that Bannon’s affinity for Lennin was “disturbing” and “horrifying.”
Scarborough also lamented that President Donald Trump’s approval ratings would be doing much better than they are right now if he abandoned the Steve Bannon strategy of constant warfare against the press and his political foes.
“Bannon’s negative energy, Bannon’s negativism is rolling over on Donald Trump right now,” he said. “As the Wall Street Journal said he’s at 43 percent [approval], he should be at 58%. Somebody who didn’t want to go to perpetual war would be at 58%, Donald Trump would be 58 percent right now, instead of 42, 44.”
Watch the full segment below.
‘Angry’ Trump Michigan voters admit they want ‘this nightmare to end’ in November
President Donald Trump's Michigan supporters are abandoning their 2016 pick for Vice President Joe Biden as the election comes closer.
In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they'd met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.
Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn't lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.
"I'm turning into more of an angry person than I've ever been in my life," she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. "I've just got a countdown to November now, and I'm hoping we'll wake up from this nightmare we're in."
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“The options faced by the intelligence community during Trump’s presidency have been stark: avoid infuriating the president but compromise the agencies’ ostensible independence, or assert that independence and find yourself replaced with a more sycophantic alternative," wrote Robert Draper in his lengthy investigation into Trump's efforts to politicize international intelligence. According to Boot, the most shocking part of the investigation was that the experts in the intelligence community have been banned from speaking honestly about the Russian attacks.
‘Incompetent moron’ Chuck Todd ripped for letting Trump official claim Democrats want more COVID-19 deaths
"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is under fire -- once again -- after letting Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro claim on NBC that Democrats want more Americans to die during the coronavirus pandemic to boost their chances at the polls in November.
Instead of pushing back the NBC host known for his lack of follow-up questions let the comment slide by responding, "I take your point."
Todd's failure to call out the Trump aide for what one Twitter commenter called a "disgusting" comment led to an avalanche of criticism for the MBC political director who recently saw his weekday show cut back to make room for more commentary by colleague Nicolle Wallace.