MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell rushed to the defense of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg after the presidential candidate was heckled by anti-LGBTQ protesters in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Zerlina Maxwell, what did you make of how Mayor Pete handled these instances?” MSNBC anchor Kasie Hunt asked.
“I think he handled it with all class and I think that we are going to see a number of protests, anti-abortion protesters are going to show up at events throughout this primary, I have no doubt,” she replied.
Maxwell explained her history of debating religious fundamentalists.
“Because I was raised by two pastors — so while I am a progressive feminist, I have often debated folks who are citing the Bible and shouting out Sodom and Gomorrah, that’s something they always say,” she explained. “And I would always push back and say, ‘Listen, if Jesus is so great, why weren’t you nicer? Why aren’t you kinder? Why aren’t you more fair and kind to your neighbor and to your fellow human beings?'”
“Jesus needs new PR, I would always had that line when I was growing up,” she added.
“Because honestly, I think what Mayor Pete is doing, he is demonstrating how to actually be a Christian, to embrace people, to be more compassionate,” Maxwell said. “I think that’s an example that crosses partisan boundaries actually.”
A psychological analysis of Nazism reveals the danger of governments led by narcissists and psychopaths
After spending his early life suffering under the Nazis and then Stalin, the Polish psychologist Andrew Lobaczewski devoted his career to studying the relationship between psychological disorders and politics. He wanted to understand why psychopaths and narcissists are so strongly attracted to power as well as the processes by which they take over governments and countries.
He eventually came up with the term “pathocracy” to describe governments made up of people with these disorders – and the concept is by no means confined to regimes of the past.
‘Treason, pure and simple’: GOP challenger Bill Weld condemns Trump’s shady Ukraine dealings
One of President Donald Trump's Republican challengers condemned his shady Ukraine dealings in the strongest possible terms.
Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld appeared Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," along with GOP challengers Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford, to protest state Republican parties canceling primaries to throttle their campaigns against the president.
"Obviously, canceling primaries undermines democratic institutions and democratic elections, but that's far from the deepest dive crime that the president has committed here," Weld said. "He has now acknowledged that in a single phone call right after he suspended $250 million of military aid to Ukraine, he called up the president of Ukraine and pressed him eight times to investigate Joe Biden, who the president thinks is going to be running against him."
Republicans can only defend Trump’s lawlessness by engaging in ‘disturbing political gymnastics’: Dem lawmaker
Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) on Monday told CNN's John Berman that he has been incredibly disturbed by the Republican Party's transformation into a personality cult surrounding President Donald Trump.
In the wake of new revelations about the president repeatedly pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, Kildee said he was stunned to see so many Republicans either remaining silent or working to defend the president's actions.
"The framers of our Constitution anticipated the possibility of a rogue presidency," he said. "What they did not anticipate is that an entire political party... would wrap their arms around a president who so clearly is flaunting the law. It's so disturbing to see the political messaging gymnastics that some of these Republicans are doing to try to either divert attention away from this terrible moment or to somehow justify it as if, 'Well, it's really not that bad.'"