MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the president seems to be terrified that his connections to Russia will soon be unraveled — and will provoke a constitutional crisis to keep them from being exposed.
President Donald Trump gave a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, where he complained about Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russia probe and warned special counsel Robert Mueller not to delve into his family’s finances.
“Maybe we’re overanalyzing this too much,” Scarborough said. “Maybe this is not about Donald Trump being anything other than scared, because he knows what’s in his background.”
The “Morning Joe” host said that would explain why Trump praises Russia, its president and its military while criticizing American leaders and troops.
“We’re just making this a little more complicated than it needs to be,” Scarborough said. “Donald Trump is scared. He is scared to death that somebody is going to pull on that thread and everything is going to unravel.”
He said fear of exposure explains the president’s decisions to fire FBI director James Comey and attack Mueller and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein — who took over the Justice Department’s investigation after Sessions recused himself over his secret meetings with Russian officials.
“Maybe he’s just scared to death that years and years of shortcuts are going to catch up with him,” Scarborough said.
White nationalism is ‘the greatest threat to American democracy’: Fascism expert
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," The Atlantic staff writer and fascism expert Adam Serwer laid out in grim terms the stakes of President Donald Trump's incitement of racist anger against Democratic congresswomen of color.
"From the beginning, we have been haunted by this question: Is America a white man’s republic or a nation for all of its citizens?" said Serwer. "Throughout the last 200-some odd years, the greatest threat to American democracy has always been white nationalism, the defining of American citizenship in racial terms. It almost destroyed the country on multiple occasions. Now President Trump has drawn a line. He has now made it clear that the citizenship of American citizens who are not white is conditional and can be revoked. Quite frankly, there is lots of disagreement between the two political parties. There are lots of issues on which we differ, but this is not a question on which there can actually be disagreement. The choice is now quite clear."
‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."
The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes
On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."