MSNBC host Chuck Todd doesn’t think much will change now that Robert Mueller has finished his report on President Donald Trump.
Despite holding both houses of Congress, the Republicans have struggled to get much done. Aside from their tax bill, no meaningful legislation has moved forward. Meanwhile, Trump ushered in the longest government shutdown in American history in a fight over his border wall.
When Democrats took over Congress in 2018, they started work on government accountability legislation and voter protections, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t likely to allow a vote on legislation the House passes.
Todd noted that Trump isn’t really interested in long-term issues. His panel agreed, noting that the president tends to live in the moment and doesn’t look beyond the day.
Politico writer Jake Sherman revealed that Republicans have said to him that they’ve been living under a cloud of impeachment and they’re grateful they feel like they have a “legitimate presidency.”
“And I’ve had Republicans say that to me in the last 24 hours,” Sherman said. “Finally, we feel like we’re existing without this cloud.”
Todd asked if Democrats would do deals with Trump now that the investigation is over.
“If there is a deal on infrastructure, I think they would do it,” said Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur. “If there is a deal to be made. I don’t think there is any if much legislating to be done.”
“I’m sitting here going, I just think Trump’s behavior won’t let him,” Todd said. “He’ll poke them in the eye, it will make it impossible to work with him.”
Kapur agreed, noting that the report must be released because it will prompt the country to ask why it hasn’t been and if they’re hiding something.
Watch the panel discussion below:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dares Trump to compare grades — and says the ‘loser has to fund the Post Office’
During an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, President Donald Trump took aim at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), saying that she was a "poor student" at "I won't say where she went to school, it doesn't matter."
"This is not even a smart person," Trump added.
Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University with a degree in political science and economics.
The attack had parallels to when Trump claimed in 2011, baselessly, that he had heard President Barack Obama had been a "terrible student" — even though Obama had run the Harvard Law Review.
Trump adviser Larry Kudlow: ‘We don’t want to have’ voting rights protections get through Congress
On CNBC News Thursday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that the administration does not want protection of voting rights to pass as part of the coronavirus stimulus package.
"So much of the Democratic asks are really liberal left wishlists we don't want to have," said Kudlow. "Voting rights, and aid to aliens, and so forth. That's not our game."
Talks between Congress and the White House are currently at an impasse. The administration is refusing to support outlays greater than $1 trillion, and the president has explicitly demanded there be no funding for the Postal Service, to keep voting by mail as difficult as possible.
Black man adopted by white Alabama family fights for Confederate symbols: ‘I’m not going to take my flag down’
A Black Alabama man this week said that he was fighting to save Confederate monuments because members of his adopted white family fought in the U.S. Civil War.
WHNT spoke to Daniel Sims outside the courthouse in Marshall County, where activists are calling for the removal of Confederate monuments. Sims said that he opposed the effort to take down the monuments.
"Regardless of how the next person feels, I'm not going to take my flag down," Sims said. "If I've got anything to do with it, ain't no monument going to come down."