MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday suggested that President Donald Trump had attempted one big “Hail Mary” pass following the midterm elections.
“The White House — the Trump administration more broadly — appears to be in a kind of rattly phase,” the host noted. “Some of today’s wobbles appear to be the inevitable product of investigatory pressure on ethically challenged high-ranking individuals.”
“So, some of it, I think, is driven by the way ethics scandals tend to end up, which is not good for the ethically challenged official,” she continued.
“A lot of this, though, appears to be driven by the political pressure that the White House is newly under in the wake of last week’s elections results,” she observed. “Democrats appear on-track to gain 37, if not 38, seats in the House of Representatives from these elections — which would be their largest congressional gains in a midterm election since the immediate aftermath of Watergate, right after Richard Nixon resigned.”
“So there is a lot going on right now in the news; there is a lot of pressure on this White House in this administration and from everything we have seen thus far, this is a president who does not handle pressure particularly well,” Maddow noted.
Maddow said firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and attempting to install Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General may be Trump’s big “Hail Mary” pass.
“His one, big, desperate, probably-won’t-work effort to try to fix all of his problems all at once by trying to fix law enforcement so it starts to help him out instead of continuing to threaten both him and senior members of his administration,” she continued.
“And ‘Hail Mary’ passes occasionally do work, right? That’s why it’s still a play that people try in football,” she reminded. “There are reasons tonight to think that this one is probably not going to work.”