MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) intentionally slurred his opponent, Andrew Gillum, as a “monkey” during a Fox News appearance.
The “Morning Joe” co-host said the Republican candidate for Florida governor clearly intended to use racist language to denigrate Gillum, who would become the state’s first black governor.
“Listen to him ramping up to get to that statement he clearly practiced in his mind,” Brzezinski said.
DeSantis hit several points in the statement that have been perceived as racist, and Brzezinski believes that was his intention going into the interview.
“You know, he is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate,” “DeSantis told Fox News. “I watched the Democrat debates, and none of it was my cup of tea, but he performed better than the other people there.”
“We’ve got to work hard to make sure that we continue Florida going in a good direction, let’s build off the success of Gov. (Rick) Scott,” he added. “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.”
Brzezinski said the Trump-endorsed lawmaker’s comments were obviously and intentionally racist.
“Somebody was playing that on their phone, that soundbite, in my home, and I stopped in my tracks,” she said. “I heard it right away, and I didn’t hear it it any other way than the way I heard it — which was racist, planned, prepared and really ugly.”
Trump has been ‘insulated’ by his wealth to never have to learn from his mistakes: biographer
President Donald Trump's inherited wealth has meant he's never had to learn from his mistakes, Trump biographer Tim O'Brien told MSNBC's Brian Williams on Thursday.
"Bloomberg Opinion writer and our next guest Tim O’Brien writes today, 'Yes, of course, you need a certain kind of appalling narcissism to be comfy promoting yourself as heaven-sent in a televised press briefing and as a deity on Twitter. It’s doubly unhinged when you’re doing this as president,'" Williams said. "He goes on 'The Trump of the past few weeks is the same disordered figure of the past several decades with, I suspect, a big dollop of something new blended in: unbridled and unmanageable panic.'"
‘Both Putin and Xi will be voting Trump in 2020’: NYT columnist says Russia and China want ‘turmoil and chaos’
The Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China are both rooting for President Donald Trump to win re-election in 2020, a New York Times columnist argued on MSNBC on Thursday.
Thomas Friedman was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on "The Last Word."
"What do we know about how the leaders of other countries see Donald Trump at this stage in their dealings with him?" O'Donnell asked. "Especially this weekend, when it comes at the end of a week in which they’ve heard him call himself the King of Israel, they have heard him say he is The Chosen One. They have heard all the crazy things that everyone here has heard the president say."
Trump is ‘not a stable genius’: GOP strategist says the president ‘doesn’t remember who and where he is’
President Donald Trump's mental fitness is lacking, a top Republican strategist explained on "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, blasted the commander-in-chief.
"Rick Wilson, your assessment of where the president stands as he heads off to the G7 summit?" O'Donnell asked.
"I think Donald Trump has had a week in which he is proving that this isn’t 87-dimensional chess game, this isn't some masterful strategy of communications or persuasion," Wilson replied. "This is an old man who is sick and who has problems and who has mental disconnects and who has aphasias and who has moments where he doesn’t remember who and where he is."