On Wednesday’s episode of Deadline MSNBC, hosted by Nicolle Wallace, the panelists discussed a range of ways the Trump administration is in trouble, from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to the pay-out of Stormy Daniels.
The White House has hardly distinguished itself in its response to the controversies swirling around the Presidency. In fact, Donald Trump’s primary strategy is to continue doubling down on the narrative that the Justice Department is corrupt, without letting facts or truth stand in his way.
“Trump’s talent is knowing how a large segment of the public absorb information and the news …” said Axios reporter Jonathan Swan. “People aren’t following it the way we are. Most people don’t know that Andrew McCabe has left the Justice Department.”
Swan then self-deprecatingly mocked the media’s (wrong) assumption that the general population follows the news as closely as journalists do.
“Like, ‘Oh, what about the fact that *asterisk Andrew McCabe’ … It doesn’t matter! Trump’s goal is to have the whole institution at the top look corrupt.”
When Wallace tried to interrupt, Swan pointed out that she was trying to insert facts into a narrative that’s generally short on them.
“His people run these agencies!” Wallace insists.
“Again, Trump doesn’t care. He doesn’t care about these ‘fact-check’ asterisks’ He doesn’t care about how many PolitiFact articles come out. He will be hammering this narrative that this is an institution that was corrupted at the highest level.”
Trump’s personal interests have directly undermined national security and election integrity: CNN correspondent
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," correspondent Jim Sciutto broke down a key takeaway from the impeachment hearings.
"We are one year away — less than a year away from the next election, three years after Russia, with consequence, interfered, meddled in the 2016 election," said Sciutto. "One thing is clear from everybody who testified, the president of the United States never expressed any interest in defending the U.S. against that kind of interference. What he did, he was interested in a whole lot of other stuff that undermines that goal of defending U.S. elections from Russian interference, one of which Fiona Hill highlighted there, presenting an alternate explanation, a false one it was Ukraine that somehow hacked the DNC server, not Russia."
Nicolle Wallace breaks down the impeachment moment ‘women will be talking about for years’
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Thursday highlighted one of the key moments from the impeachment inquiry testimony from Dr. Fiona Hill.
"Often when women show anger, it’s not fully appreciated. It’s often, you know, pushed onto emotional issues perhaps, or deflected on other people," Hill testified.
Here's Fiona Hill on why she thinks Sondland misunderstood her anger — and how women's anger is often viewed, more generally: "It's not fully appreciated. It's often pushed off onto emotional issues." pic.twitter.com/AsMR3A9InI
Democrat calls out Republican’s ‘epic mansplaining’ to Fiona Hill
Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) apologized to diplomat Dr. Fiona Hill after Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) used his time on the Intelligence Committee to "mansplain" his own political theories.
"Good afternoon, thank you for being here," Maloney began. "Dr. Hill, first of all I thought that was some epic mansplaining that you were forced to endure from my colleague Mr. Turner.
Turner spent his five minutes to speak filibustering and attacking Hill and then refused to allow her to respond. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) then spoke with his own five-minute speech, not asking any questions. He then left the room.