Quantcast
Connect with us

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explains why Trump’s ‘big lie’ just ‘collapsed’

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s admission that Mexico will not be paying for his wall marks a defining moment in the government shutdown — and his presidency — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explained on “The Last Word” on Thursday.

“On this date, January 10th, 2019, the big lie of the Trump presidency collapsed,” O’Donnell reported. “And it collapsed in public.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“The big lie of the Trump presidency was in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement, three-and-a-half years ago,” he noted.

The host played Trump’s promise from his campaign kickoff, which went on to be chant at his rallies.

“I would build a great wall. And nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I build them very inexpensively,” Trump promised. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall — mark my words.”

At rally after rally during the 2016 campaign, the crowd chanted that “Mexico” would pay for his wall.

“That big lie — Mexico will pay for the wall — was carried into the Trump presidency,” O’Donnell noted. “And it immediately became a problem for President Trump in his first conversation as president with the president of Mexico on the telephone. Donald Trump begged the president of Mexico to stop saying Mexico would not pay for the wall.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“And now Donald Trump himself is finally saying Mexico will not pay for the wall,” he continued.

The host played a clip of the president at his photo-op along the southern border.

“When I say Mexico — excuse me — when I say Mexico’s going to pay for the wall, do you think they’re going to write a check for $20 billion or $10 billion or $5 billion or 2 cents? No,” Trump claimed.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Not even 2 cents,” O’Donnell observed.

“Mexico’s not going to pay 2 cents for the wall,” he repeated. “That’s not going to work as the new chant.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“And so is the new chant going to be Mexico will pay for the wall indirectly?” he wondered. “It is impossible for Mexico to pay for the wall indirectly. Impossible.”

Watch:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump official Mina Chang quits after being busted inflating her resumé

Published

on

President Donald Trump has lost another top official in his State Department, days after Marie Yovanovitch testified the department had been "hollowed out."

"Mina Chang, a high-ranking State Department staffer who vaulted into the public spotlight after NBC reported she had inflated her resumé, has resigned from her position," Politico reported Monday.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Dick Cheney’s cardiologist explains why Donald Trump’s hospital visit is ‘worrisome’ — and what it could be

Published

on

Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who is still former Vice President Dick Cheney’s cardiologist, said that he spoke with someone assigned to talk about the president's health in the White House and still has questions about President Donald Trump's trip to Walter Reed over the weekend.

"This had been something they had been thinking about for a while, the president had some downtime, so he went over to Walter Reed to get some of this done," said Dr. Reiner, citing the White House source. "There was no sophisticated testing done. It's a little bit unusual. Almost everything that is usually done in a presidential physical like this, can be done in the White House at the White House medical unit. So, it doesn't really make a lot of sense why the president would travel to Walter Reed on a Saturday afternoon for this kind of testing."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells colleagues why the GOP’s arguments to support Trump are ‘weak’

Published

on

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a "dear colleague" letter to members of Congress calling the Republican Party's justification for President Donald Trump's actions "weak."

"The facts are uncontested: that the President abused his power for his own personal, political benefit, at the expense of our national security interests," Pelosi wrote.

"The weak response to these hearings has been 'Let the election decide.' That dangerous position only adds to the urgency of our action, because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections," she continued.

Monday morning, Trump tweeted a quote from a Democratic member of Congress who claimed on Fox News that impeachment should be disbanded because it is dividing the country.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image