A Republican pollster insisted on MSNBC that the Russia investigation was prompted by Democratic excuses for losing the presidential election — but another guest set him straight.
Chris Wilson, a GOP strategist and CEO of WPA Intelligence, told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing that President Donald Trump recognized that Russia tried to interfere in the election, but he insisted it was unfair to fully investigate those efforts.
“Since the day after the election, this has become a process of Democrats trying to delegitimize his election, so it makes him very defensive,” Wilson said. “Frankly, it makes many Republicans very defensive about the entire process. Rather than accepting the results of the election, it becomes Democrats saying, well, it’s not fair because Russia got involved or it’s not fair because of what Vladimir Putin did.”
Jansing reminded the Republican pollster that officials put in place by Trump have confirmed Russian interference, and she asked how that was unfair for Democrats to point out and call for investigation.
“If you’re saying Russia interfered, and therefore he was elected — yes, that’s delegitimizing,” Wilson said. “That was part of the process of the Clinton campaign, immediately following the election, getting together to figure out, we have to explain why we lost an election we should have won.”
Jason Johnson, politics editor for The Root, stepped in to correct Wilson’s historically inaccurate account of the timeline for raising the alarm about Russian attacks on the election.
“Yeah, no, that’s not what happened,” Johnson said. “The White House literally talked to both — they talked to Mitch McConnell and Republicans, and said, ‘Hey, look, the Russians are trying to interfere.’ It happened before Trump got elected.”
Johnson said GOP lawmakers threatened to make the same argument as Wilson before Trump was even elected, and that gave Russia cover to continue interfering.
“Mitch McConnell and the Republicans said, ‘If you talk about this publicly, we will claim you’re trying to delegitimize Trump two months before the election,'” Johnson said. “That’s a problem.”
Trump says he could win Afghanistan war ‘in a week’ by wiping country ‘off the face of the Earth’
President Donald Trump said that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week if the country was "wiped off the face of the Earth."
Trump made the remarks on Monday during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minsister Imran Khan, according to a White House pool report.
“I could win that war in a week," Trump reportedly said. "I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Afghanistan could be wiped off the face of the Earth. I don’t want to go that route.”
Just in, Trump’s comments on Afgahanistan, via pooler @DavidNakamura: “I could win that war in a week. I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Afghanistan could be wiped off the face of the earth. I don’t want to go that route.”
Meghan McCain snaps at Sunny Hostin for daring to disagree with her about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Meghan McCain slammed President Donald Trump for hurling racist abuse at four Democratic congresswomen to heighten divisions in his rival party, and then framed the debate in the exact same way he has.
The conservative co-host on "The View" condemned the president's statements urging the four first-year lawmakers to return to their home countries as racist, and then complained that one of their chiefs of staff had accused moderate Democrats of turning a blind eye to racism.
"I think the politics of this is fascinating," McCain began. "We spent our entire week last week talking about how racist and xenophobic the original comments and the chants were, and I stand by that statement."
Here’s the insidious role Sean Hannity played in derailing Al Franken’s political career
The U.S. Senate lost one of its most prominent liberals when Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, dogged by sexual harassment allegations, announced his resignation in December 2017. Some of Franken’s defenders believed the Democratic Party was too quick to throw him under the bus; other Democrats stressed that in light of the #MeToo movement, his resignation was absolutely necessary. Franken’s political downfall is the subject of an in-depth report by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, who describes — among many other things — the role that Fox News’ Sean Hannity played in the media firestorm.