MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham agreed the increasingly frantic comments by the president and his lawyer betrayed their deepening anxiety over the direction of the special counsel probe.
President Donald Trump kept up his Twitter attacks on the media and law enforcement officials over the weekend, and attorney Rudy Giuliani memorably insisted “truth isn’t truth” as he defended his client on television.
“We’re through the looking glass,” Meacham said. “Giuliani isn’t doing anything that he doesn’t think Trump wants him to do. You can hear Donald Trump saying it.”
Meacham was struck by the president comparing his own White House counsel to Richard Nixon’s whistleblowing White House counsel, John Dean, who Trump called a “rat.”
“Where you have the old image of Nixon talking to the portraits, I see Trump talking to mirrors and Rudy,” Meacham said. “You know, he’s just wandering around talking to himself and creating this.”
He compared the president’s attempts at obfuscation to the “debate” over climate change.
“It’s extreme weather,” Meacham said. “The press, broadly put, (special counsel) Mueller, the facts say X. They are going to say Y and take their chances that the right number of folks and the right number of electoral states agree with them.”
The historian said Trump and Giuliani weren’t even trying to disguise their efforts, but he doubted they would be ultimately successful in confusing the public.
“It’s not even an attempt at this point, but the assumption that you simply can fool enough of the people enough of the time to maintain this temporal hold on power, and it’s a cynical exercise from the very top,” Meacham said.
“It starts with Trump,” he continued. “It radiates to a couple of these other, forgive me, New York tabloid figures, and because of an underlying anxiety in the country, it has worked nationally, or at least deeply enough certainly that we’re going to have to deal with it. It’s why the midterms will tell us so much. History is not going to reward Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the way he spent his Sundays in 2017 and 2018.”
Scarborough said the strategy wouldn’t work, and he said the president could not survive politically.
“Just look at political history,” Scarborough said. “He’s a 40-percent president. Presidents with 40 percent approval ratings, my gosh, with re-elects in the low 30s and the very states that put him over the top in 2016, their parties don’t win midterm elections and they don’t get re-elected. There is no happy ending for the Trump administration, especially as they pile one lie on top of another lie on top of another lie.”
First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal
The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said.
"The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.
The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.
Founded by British billionaire Richard Branson in 2012, Virgin Orbit wants to offer a quick and flexible launch service for operators of small satellites, weighing between 300 and 500 kilos (600 to 1,00 pounds), a market which is currently booming.
Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert
On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020
Trump uses Memorial Day to attack Biden and recycle old lies about his coronavirus response
NYT: "At Least 430,000 People Have Arrived in the United States on Direct Flights From China"
President Donald Trump used the occasion of the Memorial Day holiday to recycle old, debunked lies about his likely Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a tweet Trump made several accusations, none of them are true.
Sleepy Joe Biden (mostly his reps.) went crazy when I banned, in late January, people coming in from China. He called me “xenophobic” & then went equally “nuts” when we let in 44,000 people - until he was told they were American citizens coming home. He later apologized!