'The terrorists are citing' Trump: MSNBC panel blasts the president for blaming the media for his negative press
President Donald Trump. (Screenshot)

In a Monday MSNBC panel, passions flared as the discussion turned to President Donald Trump's history of supporting white supremacists.


Republican political consultant Mike Murphy explained that the president of the United States isn't simply his party's leader, he represents all Americans, which Trump seems to have trouble doing.

"Look, I don't think the president is an arsonist, but I think he's magnificently careless with matches," Murphy explained. "He doesn't seem to understand part of his job is not just to be the head of the government and demand things and vilify opponents and do all of the political rough and tumble at a massively coarse level, I might add, he's supposed to speak for the country and be the defender of institutions. One of the main jobs of a president is preempting things like this and when they happen, address it in a way that takes the energy away from it, causal energy away by reminding people of the values that bind us together by the country. He does none of that by choice."

Murphy noted somehow Trump manages to proclaim himself as the victim while still managing to be the top leader of the country.

"It's horrible and we really never had a president cross this line of forgetting what the real job is," he continued. "And it's hard to fix, other than to condemn him, which we all do. So other than that, I don't really have an answer. I wish the party would condemn him more. I think eventually the voters would take revenge but until then you have to suffer through this and wonder about the damage it does."

Reporter Laura Bassett explained that it's easy to find blame for the uptick in radical right-wing terrorism, and it isn't the media pointing the finger.

"The shooters themselves, mail bomber, the anti-Semitic shooter at the synagogue, the Muslim shooter in New Zealand have all cited Trump themselves and said they were inspired by him," Bassett said. "The KKK endorsed him. He called African countries sh*thole countries. We don't have to work very hard to draw this line directly from the rise in escalating rates of violence directly to the American president."

The House has announced it will have a hearing on the uptick in white supremacy and white supremacist terrorism, where they'll hopefully uncover what exactly the Department of Homeland Security is doing to keep Americans safe.

Watch the passionate panel below: