The Internet on Tuesday lashed out at MSNBC and host Ari Melber after a network panel included former Congressman Jack Kingston — even though it was reported just a day earlier that he had been kicked off CNN.
Kingston appeared during a panel discussion about the State of the Union Address, where he suggested that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had no authority to criticize President Donald Trump because she once worked as a coffee shop barista.
Melber defended hosting Kingston by saying it was “all part of the job.”
We had a Dem Congressperson boycotting Trump’s SOTU & a fmr GOP Congressperson supporting it & tried to press guests per usual. I’d interview a Senator from Tatooine if it was in the news – it’s all part of the job!
ps u were my hero growing up so the criticism stings extra :) https://t.co/0UOVJLioBn
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 6, 2019
But MSNBC viewers expressed outrage on Twitter as soon as Kinston appeared on the air.
Read a sampling of the tweets below.
I can’t believe Ari has Jack Kingston on.
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) February 5, 2019
— Debbie M makes only right turns at border #rebel (@DebM1020) February 5, 2019
— Alex Mitros (@Mitros0126) February 5, 2019
— Kyle (@AIFAN1234) February 5, 2019
— 🦋LucysOnIt🦋 (@LucysOnIt) February 5, 2019
Come on @AriMelber … Jack Bootlicker Kingston?
Your audience deserves better. #disappointing
— MomsThoughts™ (@MomsThoughts) February 5, 2019
What the bloody f**k is that dbag @JackKingston doing on #thebeat? @arimelber He’s got *no* credibility and is a pandering Trump toady. #Fail. The Beat is turning into some kind of Trumpian Isle of Misfit Toys.
— Rokey🇺🇸 (@rokeypdx) February 5, 2019
— icey ❤️ 💯🇺🇸 (@icebergslim1047) February 5, 2019
So CNN finally wises up and cuts ties with right wing douchenozzle Jack Kingston yesterday. Guess who is on MSNBC as part of Ari Melber’s panel today!
— Trump’s not my Pres (@Nysteveo2AOLcom) February 5, 2019
Ari Melber is auditioning Jack Fcking Kingston because what the world needs is another Trump apologist on the air.
— Karoli (@Karoli) February 5, 2019
— LaSonya (@LaSonya_Wilson) February 5, 2019
Jack Kingston, @AriMelber? Even CNN doesn’t want that fool. 🤮
— 🌼Laurie🌼 (@5_by_26) February 5, 2019
I thought Jack Kingston had
been granted an “honorable discharge” from the KKK.
It seems he’s still on the payroll
& with the same shitty grin.
— Eugenio C. Romero (@EugenioEcromero) February 5, 2019
Fucking Jack Kingston on Ari is an abomination.
MSNBC sucks too.
— LIGHTWORKER (@KevTKel) February 5, 2019
— Jim of Pennsyltucky (@jimdigs) February 5, 2019
— Tony Damon (@TonyDamon620) February 5, 2019
WTF @MSNBC you are giving Jack Kingston a platform now?
— Kelly (@kdub82505) February 5, 2019
Why is that traitor Jack Kingston on @TheBeatWithAri? Is Ari vetting his guests?
— Sandi (@mad1nola) February 5, 2019
So Jack Kingston — “Hi, mom! This is me in Red Square! — gets canned at CNN and pops up on MSNBC within 24 hours. #ThePunditLife
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 5, 2019
Trump could take a dump on a nun and Jack Kingston would frame it as good and necessary. #TheBeat
— Patrick (@Pllmyfnger) February 5, 2019
Jack Kingston is literally a worthless fool. Please keep using him as a “surrogate” or “advocate” for the current administration. I won’t watch and he won’t promote an effective message, so it’s fine.
— Zubin Verma (@zubiwan) February 5, 2019
keep him off the god damn TV
— JermePhilip (@JermePhilip) February 5, 2019
OMG, Jack Kingston? No. Whose idiot idea was that? @AriMelber what is the goddamn point of having these idiots on television and giving them air time?h
— Dr. Christina Jacqueline Johns (@cjjohns1951) February 5, 2019
Did Katrina Pierson turn them down?
— Kwabena Smith (@KwabSmith) February 5, 2019
— Debra A Cohn (@cohnzohn) February 5, 2019
And that’s why you don’t have Jack Kingston on tv
calling AOC a barista and saying Trump is a trillionaire so he should be trusted more
Kingston is a pos
she is in congress! just like kingston was. #thebeat
— kj martin – is the REAL Fact-Stater (@martin_kj) February 5, 2019
Just checking in here to see Jack Kingston calling AOC a barista? #theBeat has hit a new low.
— Lilith (@Inzion_) February 5, 2019
Jack Kingston can go straight to hell.
— Slow Cousin Walter (@hillbillysevant) February 5, 2019
Jack Kingston is such a dick. @AriMelber
— Kristin Vohl (@KrissyCougar) February 5, 2019
Trump mouthpiece @JackKingston on The Beat is such a reprehensible piece of shit.
— Care Bear 2019 (@Youelectedanass) February 5, 2019
Let me fix it for you @AriMelber .. @JackKingston is a lying sack of excrement.. a smiling lying craven POS… Jesus God in Heaven now that I no longer watch CNN don’t tell me that SOB is over at MSNBC now
— Real KATMCFerrin😘🇺🇸❄️😎 (@katmcferrin1) February 5, 2019
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