Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” agreed a string of bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and media organizations were an act of terrorism, and the feared President Donald Trump’s leadership in a domestic political crisis.
Trump made “perfunctory” remarks calling for unity, according to political analyst John Heilemann, but the panelists couldn’t help but notice that in the same speech the president urged Democrats not to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
“Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack on America in great scope,” said presidential historian John Meacham. “Whether it was a foreign national or domestic, this was an act of terrorism, an attempt to assassinate a number of former duly elected leaders. We have to figure out in moments like this, our greatest leaders have led with a steadying hand and not an incendiary one.”
Heilemann couldn’t predict what affect the bomb plot would have on next month’s elections, but he said Trump’s provocations had been pointing the country in this direction since he launched his campaign.
“I think it’s obvious, given the nature of it,” Heilemann said, “and given the fact that for two years now, myself, you, others on this program and other programs have been predicting with horror and with dread, I should say, that given the kind of toxic environment in which we’re in and given the fact that the president has seemed for two years not interested in trying to detoxify the environment but rather pour gasoline on the fire at every opportunity, we’ve all, with dread, predicted that something like this would happen — and now it has happened.”
None of the bombs have detonated or caused any injuries, but Heilemann said that did not matter.
“It did not succeed on its terms, but the thing we all feared, something like that that we predicted, is at our doorstep,” Heilemann said. “(Trump) did not pour gasoline further on the fire yesterday, but if you watched him in his prepared remarks at the White House and his rally in Wisconsin, you did not sense, I think, someone who grasped the gravity of it and certainly not someone who was taking extraordinary measures to try to calm the waters.”
GOP strategist delivers devastating analysis of Trump’s ‘Make America White Again’ agenda on CNN
Republican strategist Tara Setmayer on Tuesday delivered a brutal analysis of President Donald Trump's strategy to win reelection, which she dubbed "Make America White Again."
During a panel discussion on Trump ramping up his racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, Setmayer argued that appealing solely to angry white voters was the only hope he had of winning in 2020.
"It's 'Make America White Again,' according to the president of the United States, because everyone in the country is not welcome," she said. "If you have a deference of opinion, you're not welcome."
She then went on to document all the ways Trump is uniquely unfit to judge who does and does not belong in the United States.
Trump raked over the coals by WSJ for ‘politically stupid’ racist comments debacle
In a brutally blunt column from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors scolded Donald Trump for being "politically stupid" by wading into a dispute between factions within the Democratic Party that has blown up in his face.
Under a headline reading, "Defining Politics Down," the editorial seemed less concerned with Trump's racist attacks and more with the fact that he has made his racism front and center as the country gears up for the 2020 election.
Dear NeverTrumpers: Either help or STFU
Before I offer up a come-to-Jesus moment for the NeverTrumpers, let me say that as many of you know, I’ve defended members of this exiled faction in the past, and continue to stand by the idea that we need to form a coalition to close the loopholes exposed by Donald Trump’s malfeasance as a means of preventing another, perhaps more dangerous monster from sashaying through the Trump-shaped hole in the wall. To be clear: I’m not talking about conceding on policy or platform planks. I’m merely suggesting a detente between voices who all agree that Trump is a menace and his presidency is an existential national crisis.