MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ panel was pretty much in agreement with regular guest Eugene Robinson, whose Washington Post op-ed Trump’s unhinged CPAC speech should concern us all, dropped on Monday: President Donald Trump’s two-hour speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference sounded more like the deranged ramblings of “a mental patient,” the panelists agreed — and his fans, who ate it up, were no better.
“It was insane,” Robinson said. “It was two hours and 20 minutes of rambling, self-serving, self-justifying or at least an attempt to be self-justifying nonsense. If you heard grandpa talking like that, you’d be concerned.”
“It was a greatest hits show is what it was,” agreed host Willie Geist, noting some of Trump’s familiar themes like “Crooked Hillary” and his inaugural crowd before asking conservative guest Thom Nichols if he’d seen the “elevation of conservative ideas” that typically marked CPAC in Trump’s address.
“No,” replied Nichols, who mocked the president for hugging the flag. “This whole thing was so scary that Republicans are now in ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ territory, just sort of putting him up there and saying ‘let’s see what happens and hoping no one notices.'”
“After a week of real defeat for this president, the public relations defeat with the Cohen testimony, and then obviously the failure to reach an agreement in Vietnam,” the Associated Press’s Jonathan Lemire said, “he needed an outlet, he needed some sort of release.” He reminded that panel that after Trump’s assault on the Affordable Care Act blew up in his face, he’d turned in a similar performance in an address to the Boy Scouts of America.
Mike Barnicle, however, stole the show and had the panel in stitches when he described what a tape of the speech would look like if someone “clipped out the introduction that he’s the president.”
“You would look at it as if, ‘uh-oh, thankfully the guy doing the act out here is fully clothed, he’s not wearing paper slippers, he’s clearly a mental patient and somebody in his family had better hopefully come on stage and take him off,'” he said. I mean, it’s that crazy.” Barnicle wasn’t impressed with Geist’s suggestion that Trump was just playing to his fans, who he said were just as bad.
“That is a crowd that applauded the death of John McCain,” he said. “I mean, c’mon!”
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BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women
The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.
The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.
"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.
Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’
Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.
It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.
Why was Lev Parnas wearing a ‘Presidential Service Badge’ awarded to troops who serve in the White House?
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman posted a fascinating update about a photo of impeachment figure Lev Parnas.
The photo shows Igor Fruman -- who, like Parnas, is under federal indictment -- sitting closely next to Rudy Giuliani and Parnas.
Haber said a source informed her that in the picture, Parnas can be seen wearing a "Presidential Service Badge," linking to the Wikipedia entry on the pin.
"The Presidential Service Badge (PSB) is an identification badge of the United States Armed Forces which is awarded to members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as well as other members of the Uniformed Services, such as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States," Wikipedia explained.