President Donald Trump’s combative campaign rallies are successfully firing up his political base, but may do so at the expense of appealing to swing voters, conservative panelists explained on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Friday.
The host introduced the segment by playing a clip from the commander-in-chief’s Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania speech showing President Trump claiming that critics wanted him to fight Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“President Trump last night directly contradicting what Vladimir Putin told the world in Helsinki, that Putin did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 election,” Mitchell noted. “Also contradicting, of course, his own national security cabinet, only hours earlier in that unprecedented White House briefing.”
Are such rallies helping or hurting the Republican Party in the 2018 midterms?
“I think at this point in the midterm campaigns, we have to ask whether or not these rallies and sort of the bizarre dark forces that he’s unleashing at these rallies is actually going to work with those swing voters or those soft Republican voters who are going to be determining who controls Congress,” explained Charlie Sykes, contributing editor at The Weekly Standard.
The senate race Trump had travelled to Pennsylvania to influence could answer the question.
“The other thing about this, though, was that he was actually doing something for Lou Barletta (R-PA), one of his favorite Republican congressmembers, but that district — Scranton, that whole area — that’s not the state. Barletta is running against a very popular Democratic senator, Bob Casey (D-PA), and Casey has a long record, his family roots are in that district, but you have to win the suburbs of Philadelphia in that state.”
“Michael Steele, as a former Republican chair, you know that’s not the way to reach out to the people in the suburbs,” Mitchell suggested.
“It is not,” the former RNC chair replied.
“Pennsylvania is a bellwether for a number of important races coming up this fall and the fact that the president is so narrowly playing to a base, that he feels good in that setting, he’s having fun, he’s riffing and cussing and doing all this and those folks are loving it,” Steele continued.
“To Charlie’s point, the rest of the country — the independent voters, center/right Democrats and Republicans — are looking at this and going, ‘what is this all about?’ There is not an inclination right now, I think, Andrea, to empower that kind of mindset in Washington any longer and that’s why you see the numbers for the president dropping.”
“That’s why you see the generic ballot for Republicans holding on to the Congress moving away from them, it’s because of moments like we saw last night,” he concluded.
“I think, back to your point about swing voters, I think those swing voters are moving away from the Trump circus and focusing more on the fact that they want something a little bit different, and this ain’t it,” Steele argued.
“I wonder how many evangelicals and family value folks, however we define that, are worried about the children and are also worried about the fact that we had to bleep the President of the United States at a public rally because of profanity today.”
Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst
President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.
Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.
Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”
Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.
Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."
Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.
"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.
"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."
Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report
Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.
"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."