MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said President Donald Trump may have publicly confessed to collusion with Russia during a press briefing.
The president frequently says there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia, so a reporter asked him to define that word — and Trump’s rambling answer may have revealed more than he intended.
“You’ll define it for me, but I can tell you, there’s no collusion,” Trump said. “I couldn’t have cared less about Russians having to do with my campaign. The fact is — you people won’t say this, but I’ll say it — I was a much better candidate than her. You always say she was a bad candidate, you never say I was a good candidate. I was one of the greatest candidates, nobody else would have beaten the Clinton machine, as crooked as it was, but I was a great candidate. Someday you’re going to say that.”
Trump’s boastful remarks about himself drew most of the attention, but Brzezinski and “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist said the president’s comments about Russia appear to have been an accidental confession.
“That’s really sad,” Geist said. “It gets to the heart of the matter. ‘I couldn’t have cared less about Russians having to do with my campaign’ is what he said.”
Host Joe Scarborough said the president’s comments seemed to be a clear admission of guilt.
“He said after claiming no Russians were involved with his campaign, now he’s saying, ‘Those Russians involved in my campaign? I couldn’t have cared less about them,'” Scarborough said.
Brzezinski said the comments seem to be another example of Trump apparently admitting to wrongdoing on tape, which “Morning Joe” panelists discussed the day before.
“It’s like the tapes, the Watergate tapes, except as (MSNBC’s) Ari Melber pointed out (Wednesday), he just says it on TV,” Brzezinski said.
MSNBC analyst Sam Stein said the admission was unlikely to stick for most Americans, because the political conversation was being purposefully warped by the president and his Republican allies.
“It’s very dizzying because he said he would testify under oath and now he won’t,” Stein said. “It’s tough to keep track of where his head is at any given moment. People say it’s by design or not, but there’s something to be said about the fact that we’ve spent on this show like an hour and a half now almost cleaning up misconceptions and conspiracy theories and trying to correct records just to get back to an agreed-upon idea of what the truth is.”
“If that’s where we are every day in our political conversations, imagine how difficult it is for the casual observer of politics to figure out what the hell is going on — and that is pernicious,” Stein continued. “We have a public that is willfully being uninformed by its its elected officials.”
WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.