MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and his co-panelists ripped Steve Bannon’s “obvious hypocrisy” in an angry and self-serving rant during a Roy Moore rally.
The Breitbart News chief and former White House chief strategist campaigned in Alabama for Moore, the disgraced former judge and accused serial sex predator, but Bannon spent much of his time attacking Mitt Romney.
“I want everybody to breathe this fact in,” Scarborough said. “This guy’s coming in out of nowhere, neither he nor Donald Trump are Republicans. In 2012, Mitt Romney got 98 percent of the Republican vote in Alabama in 2012.”
Bannon trashed Romney, who’s considering a Senate run in Utah, as a “draft dodger” who used a Mormon mission to avoid service in Vietnam and attacked his adult sons for staying out of military service despite wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
President Donald Trump used four deferments to avoid service during Vietnam, and Bannon never served despite graduating from a military school in 1971.
“Beyond the obvious hypocrisy at that point about military service, you watch that and you wonder what the purpose was?” said co-host Willie Geist. “Were you there to elect Roy Moore or were you there to serve some purpose about you? That was the purest distillation of where American politics have gone. Your political opponents aren’t just wrong, they’re evil, they’re corrupt, they’re your enemy. He was talking about a vote for Doug Jones was a vote for the Clinton agenda. He was making up bogeymen. There is no Clinton agenda — she’s at home in the woods in Chappaqua. It was a bizarre performance.”
Scarborough noted the deep irony of a former Hollywood producer and Goldman Sachs executive flying in to tell “dumb” Alabama voters what they think.
“Steve Bannon does think, unfortunately, and he’s dead wrong that people in Alabama are so stupid that they’ll let a guy that worked in Hollywood with our friend Jeff (Kwatinetz) and worked in Hollywood for years, worked at Goldman Sachs and claims to have made a gazillion dollars off ‘Seinfeld’ that this guys going to come to Alabama as some favorite son.”
MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle said Monday’s spectacle was exactly what he’s come to expect from Bannon.
“Last nice’s performance was predictable, it was depressing, he was Steve Bannon playing a part that he’s carved out for himself and it plays to what is happening in our politics — both sides actually, but especially the Republican side led by President Trump and Steve Bannon, and it’s their ability to hone in on resentment,” Barnicle said. “They know how to extract resentment.”
Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.