Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said Sam Nunberg’s on-air meltdown represented a new low in the Trump presidency.
President Donald Trump promised to hire “the best people,” but Schmidt said his administration has instead been populated with “a wretched hive of scum and villainy” like the Mos Eisley cantina in “Star Wars.”
“We’ve been having this discussion for the last year, which is how low can go?” Schmidt told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Each week we find a way to hit a new low. Sam Nunberg, what we saw yesterday is this ‘Star Wars’ cantina bar scene, these characters melting down on national TV every 24 or 36 hours.”
He said the televised spectacles masked a genuine national security scandal engulfing the Trump presidency.
“The United States has been attacked in a new type of war — an information war, a cyber war — and the president of the United States and his retainers, his loyalists around him, they refuse to defend the country,” Schmidt said. “They don’t defend America’s election process, they don’t defend our rule of law, they don’t defend our important institutions. In fact, Donald Trump and his apologists constantly are attacking these essential institutions that are necessary for the security of the country. It’s a remarkable moment in the history of the country.”
Host Joe Scarborough pointed out that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had not used $120 million budgeted for his department to counter foreign election interference, which Schmidt found baffling.
“The president of the United States won’t acknowledge the attack, nobody in the administration will criticize the Russians — it’s extraordinary,” Schmidt said. “We woke up (Monday), the president of the United States, his focus is attacking Canada and Mexico, not the Russians who are attacking our election process. Our democracy is sustained by two things, right? A free election process, which has been undermined by the Russians, but also the rule of law.”
Schmidt said Republicans had looked the other way at both Russian interference and aided and abetter Trump attacks on the rule of law.
“We have this fruit, loops conspiracy theory, nutcase group of Republicans and right-wing media that are constantly attacking the rule of law in this country, our most vital institutions to protect the security of the country, on a range of conspiracy theories,” he said. “We’ve never seen anything like this in this country.”
Jake Tapper stunned by Trump’s debate: ‘That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck’
CNN Jake Tapper reacted in shock on Tuesday following the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
"That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck," Tapper said. "That was the worst debate I have ever seen. In fact, it wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace."
"And it's primarily because of President Trump," he remarked, "who spent the entire time interrupting, not abiding by the rules that he agreed to, lying, maliciously attacking the son of the vice president. When asked to condemn white supremacists, he brought up the name of a neo-fascist, far-right group and said, 'Stand back and stand by.'"
Trump causes widespread shock by refusing to call out white supremacy at first 2020 debate
President Donald Trump was asked to call out white supremacy during the first 2020 general election presidential debate -- and refused to do so.
Instead of calling out white supremacists, Trump instead said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!”
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's views on racism:
Trump defiantly refuses to condemn extremists groups at debate: ‘Proud Boys, stand back and stand by’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused an opportunity to disavow right-wing extremists and white supremacist groups.
At his first 2020 presidential debate, Trump was asked if he would speak out against the extremist groups.
"Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacist and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" moderator Chris Wallace asked the president.
"I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing," Trump complained. "I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace."
"Do it, sir," Wallace said.
"Say it," Democratic candidate Joe Biden chimed in.