MSNBC’s Howard Fineman compares Trump to Farrakhan after synagogue massacre

MSNBC's Howard Fineman, a congregant at Tree of Life synagogue, was clearly upset when he compared President Trump to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in an exchange with fellow congregant Lou Weiss.


Weiss invoked Farrakhan's name while trying to make a point about extreme rhetoric on both the left and right, saying that the divisive religious leader had been cheered at the 2017 Women's March, while conservatives cheer for Trump.

"I don't think you mean to directly compare Louis Farrakhan and Donald Trump, do you?" asked Fineman as Weiss sputtered some weak denials. But if Weiss was expecting a scolding, he was in for a surprise.

"Here's my point," Fineman continued. "Above partisan politics, the president of the United States has a duty to try, as the only person we all vote for in an election, to bring us together as a nation."

Fineman noted that Trump, like Farrakhan, succeeds by dividing Americans.

"Donald Trump's method of politics, -I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with him on specific issues- but his method of is to sow division," Fineman said. "That's how he rose, that's his whole career, that's how he became president."

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