MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski warned President Donald Trump’s horrifying Montana rally was one of the clearest examples yet of looming fascism.
The “Morning Joe” panelists were shocked and disgusted as the president attacked one his predecessors, George H.W. Bush, and then Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — and turned the #MeToo movement into a punchline to insult Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
“It really just turns my stomach,” said Republican strategist Susan Del Percio. “It’s painful to watch. This is the president of the United States going after people for a punchline. That’s disgraceful. We should expect more, and just to add on that, he attacked the press exactly one week after five people lost their lives.”
Host Joe Scarborough was appalled by the Trump supporters in the crowd who cheered cheap jokes about Bush and McCain — a pair of Republican military veterans who had spent most of their lives in public service, and whom many of them had probably voted for in presidential elections.
“I’m not shocked by Donald Trump doing this,” he said. “Donald Trump doesn’t understand this, because he is the most selfish man who has ever sat in the White House in his life — personally, politically, professionally, you name it — there’s overwhelming evidence to prove that. This is about the Republicans that are sitting in the crowds, that voted for George H.W. Bush in 1998 and 1992 and voted for John McCain in 2008 who are now sitting there laughing at two men in their final days.”
“What does that say about their character?” Scarborough said. “Forget about Donald Trump’s. They must have found the 6,500 meanest people.”
Brzezinski saw something even darker underneath the forces Trump was stirring up with cheap and heartless attacks.
“It’s cruel and sick and it’s everything that we’re feeling here, but I think it’s also worth noting that there are people whose life experience and service to our country, who are saying that this is something worse,” she said.
The co-host said the rally reminded her of historical accounts of the beginnings of Nazism and other authoritarian horrors.
“Look at Madeleine Albright’s book, ‘Fascism: A Warning,'” Brzezinski said. “Look at what happened last night at this rally. This is 6,500 people cheering on lies. They are being desensitized as they laugh at those who served our country, who are dying right now, and he’s bringing them along.”
“You could argue this is something much more serious that is happening, without being hysterical about it” she added. “But we have to look at it straight in the eye.”
‘Breonna’s Law’ legislator arrested by Louisville police for first-degree rioting: report
A spokesman for a police union in Louisville announced on Thursday that the only black woman in the Kentucky legislator had been arrested while protesting the lack of charges for the killing of Breonna Taylor by the Louisville Metro Police Department.
"Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott, author of legislation known as "Breonna’s Law," was arrested with others Thursday evening during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor," WDRB-TV reports. "Scott, a Louisville Democrat, was among a group of individuals arrested near the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library and First Unitarian Church at the intersection of South Fourth and York streets, according to Tracy Dotson, a spokesman for Louisville Corrections Lodge #77 Fraternal Order of Police union. Scott was charged with first-degree rioting and failure to disperse, Dotson said."
WATCH: Late-night hosts go off on Trump for ‘chilling’ plan ‘to steal the election’
Late-night television hosts harshly criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to say there would be a peaceful transition of power if he loses the November election.
"In one of the more chilling moments of his presidency -- and they've been a few -- Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power as Republicans formulated the plan to steal the election through the courts," Seth Meyers explained.
"We're as close as we've ever been to losing our democracy and watching our government transform into an autocratic regime," he continued. "It's happen right in front our eyes right now, you don't need to wait for Trump to roll down Pennsylvania Avenue on a tank in green fatigues with a long chin-beard -- especially since if he did try to grow one he'd probably just look like a very sick chihuahua."
White supremacist gang member shot dead after ambushing police in California: report
Authorities in California on Thursday announced that one man was dead after a shootout with law enforcement.
"A white supremacist gang member was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement after he ambushed and shot a deputy pursuing him Thursday near the Templeton Cemetery, Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference," The Triubune reported Thursday.
"According to Parkinson, a sheriff’s deputy was driving in the Theatre Drive area around 10:20 a.m. when the deputy recognized the car of a wanted felon parked on the side of the road. The deputy made a U-turn and pulled up next to the vehicle, which was unoccupied. The deputy then proceeded north and found the man walking on Cemetery Road off Theatre Drive near the Templeton Cemetery, Parkinson said. He said the deputy tried to make a pedestrian traffic stop, but the man took off running toward the cemetery," the newspaper reported.