MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday noted the pattern of recipients of suspicious packages sent earlier in the day — and why those recipients’ criticism from Donald Trump makes the threats clearly “political.”
“Everybody who got a package is a critic of the president in some way,” the MSNBC host said while reporting live from the street outside of Time Warner Center, the home of CNN that received one such package.
“As a news organization, you’re meant to be critics of the president and everybody else,” he added. “That’s what the news does. It holds power to account. Everybody else has been in opposition to or a critic.”
Velshi went on to note that it’s “beyond coincidence” that all seven of the suspicious packages identified so far “have gone to people who either have been critical of the president or whom the president has been critical of.”
“I don’t know that we can separate that,” he said. “I don’t know that we can separate the reality of who has received these potential pipe bombs.”
Later, Velshi made note of the cultural context in which the packages were sent.
“This isn’t just a potential bomber attack where somebody has developed these and sent them out in a coordinated fashion,” he said. “There is something political about this. Whether or not it’s directed by somebody political, the idea that we have created this permissive culture in which once you have decided these people are the enemy, whoever these people are, that is the danger that we have in this society. It’s a child of what we’re seeing now.”
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GOPer Collins battered for demand to postpone Trump impeachment so he can get caught up: ‘Collins doesn’t do his homework’
On Saturday, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee made a demand to the Democrats that they postpone Monday's hearing on the impeachment of Donald Trump, saying he needed more time to digest a fifty-plus page report that Democrats released over the weekend.
After tweeting out his demand -- as well as issuing a statement -- the voluble Trump defenders was hammered on his own Twitter feed with commenters telling him do his job and read the report in the meantime.
After Collins tweeted, "Chairman Nadler has no choice but to postpone Monday’s hearing in the wake of a last-minute document transmission that shows just how far Democrats have gone to pervert basic fairness," he got buried in derision.
Trump’s damage to the federal government is driving voters to turn to more liberal candidates: report
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's tenure has not resulted in voters becoming more conservative, and instead, he is driving them into the arms of more liberal and progressive candidates at the local level who are then using their newfound power to change Democratic policies at the national level.
Trump's negative influence is turning into a positive for those candidates -- particularly in the big cities.
"From New York City to Los Angeles, many of the nation’s biggest cities have turned even harder to the left under President Donald Trump, putting pressure on local officials to embrace the leading progressive presidential candidates — or withhold their endorsements entirely for fear of antagonizing newly energized activists," the report states. "It’s a drastic political shift in some places, where for decades entrenched party bosses crushed any signs of life on the left or tended to put the weight of big-city institutional support behind Democratic establishment-oriented candidates."
‘Not true’: Manic GOPer Mark Meadows shut down by CNN’s Bash for repeating lie about Ukraine
A fifteen-minute CNN interview with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) wound down to an abrupt end on Sunday morning as the "State of the Union" host Dana Bash cut off the Trump defender's insistence there was no quid pro quo offer from the president to Ukraine's leadership, with the CNN host telling the GOP lawmaker, "That's not true. I don't want to debate about it."
In an interview where Meadows continued to rage about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter, Bash finally brought up Trump's phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that led to the impeachment inquiry.
Discussing the call where Trump asked for a favor, Meadows pushed back after she said Trump, "Allegedly held up aid and he said it in this phone call."