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.”
Conservatives rage after Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright compares armed protest to Klan rally
Actor Jeffrey Wright kicked a hornet's nest of conservative fury by comparing an armed protest in Virginia to a Ku Klux Klan rally.
The star of HBO's Westworld three James Bond films mocked the Richmond gun rally in a tweet, which linked to a Washington Post article on the armed demonstration, and noted the event was scheduled on Martin Luther King Day.
“The organizers aren’t at all bothered that a gun circle jerk in Richmond, VA on #MLKDay has a Klan-rally smell to it?" Wright tweeted. "Wonder why."
Trump’s legal team calls on Senate Republicans to ‘swiftly reject’ the impeachment charges and acquit him: report
In a 110-page brief submitted to the Senate the day before his impeachment trial begins, President Trump's legal team called on Republicans to "swiftly reject" the charges against him and bring an acquittal, the New York Times reports. According to the lawyers, Trump committed no crime and is the victim of a partisan witch hunt.
Trump's lawyers labeled the impeachment effort against Trump as a “brazenly political act” that was brought about by a “rigged process” that should be rejected by the Senate. However, nowhere in the brief do they deny that Trump tried to pressure Ukraine's government to investigate his political rivals -- which is the core basis for impeachment. Instead, the lawyers argue that Trump can conduct business with foreign governments however he sees fit, adding that allegations that Trump abused his power are simply a "novel theory."
‘Dead wrong’: House Dems release scathing rebuttal to White House’s widely panned legal brief
The Trump White House's latest defense of the president ahead of his impending impeachment trial has been widely panned, and has even sparked speculation that Trump himself had a hand in writing it due to its low-grade legal analysis.
A legal brief filed by President Donald Trump's lawyers late last week called impeachment proceedings "constitutionally invalid," even though impeachment is literally a part of the Constitution, and also accused Democrats of engaging in a "brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election," even though Vice President Mike Pence would take over in the event that Trump was removed by the Senate.