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.”
Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera attacks former White House press secretary on Twitter as ‘old douche’
In a bizarre moment, Sunday evening politics turned into a war of wards in President Donald Trump's Twitter comments.
Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera responded to former press secretary Joe Lockhart, who had replied to one of the tweets Trump retweeted from Rivera.
"Gloom settling on Democrats as they realize they’ve taken their best kill shot & missed. Dems in despair. Republicans United. @realDonaldTrump survives & #Impeachment all over but the shouting," said Rivera, hopefully not literally saying that Democrats wanted to shoot or kill the president.
Lockhart responded to the comment by mocking the Fox News host, saying that he was only making the comment to help get his contract renewed.
Cartoon Chief Justice tells Susan Collins to just quit and ‘go become a lobbyist’ already
Cartoon Chief Justice John Roberts began the latest season of Stephen Colbert's animated show, which began its new season Sunday.
Facing the U.S. Senate, Roberts observed Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) dressed as a mouse.
"Oh no! Mouse in the chamber! Everybody forget this vote and run!" the cartoon senator said.
"Senator Collins, just go be a lobbyist," cartoon Roberts said.
As Roberts explained the rules to the chamber, Collins was then spotted spilling gasoline on the floor.
"Everyone, please remember, this is the United States Senate," Roberts said. "We must not degrade the sacred institution home to Strom Thurmond. Let us comport ourselves with dignity, prudence, and Senator Collins, what are you doing?"
Republican senator admits he didn’t know about Bolton’s confirmation of Trump’s bribery — but still doesn’t care
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) still doesn't necessarily believe that President Donald Trump should be convicted, even though former national security adviser John Bolton revealed a first-hand account in his unpublished manuscript.
"Well, didn't know that until a little bit ago," Braun told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt. "I think that's a discussion we'll have have to contend with and it'll be here in a couple of days. When it comes to additional information, I think for many of us -- and I need to cite this because where I'm from, as much as president infuriates maybe half the country, it would be the opposite. And it is a tricky combination like I told Chuck Todd this morning, between using your conscience and having to decide what the people in your state are wanting."