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MSNBC host erupts at a Trump defender trying to excuse the president’s Nazi-style rhetoric

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes unleashed on conservative columnist Matt Mackowiak Thursday evening on Twitter for defending some of President Donald Trump’s worst and most vile rhetoric.

The back-and-forth began when Mackowiak tweeted a story from The Washington Free Beacon about presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who recently compared Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to that of the Nazis.

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“He then went on to call asylum-seekers animals and an infestation,” explained O’Rourke. “Now we would not be surprised if in the Third Reich other human beings were described as an infestation, as a cockroach or a pest that you would want to kill.”

“The reckless candidate continues his recklessness,” Mackowiak said of O’Rourke.

But Hayes disagreed.

“He noted that talking about immigrants as an ‘infestation’ and ‘animals’ is Nazi language, and in that he is 100% correct,” the MSNBC host tweeted. “The recklessness lies with the president using those vile, dehumanizing terms, not with the person pointing that out.”

Mackowiak responded: “What word would you use to describe 4,000 apprehensions every day?”

And that’s when Hayes became truly outraged.

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“[OF] HUMAN BEINGS?!!! OF CHILDREN? I would never ever ever EVER under any circumstances refer to it as an ‘infestation,’ because that is a word that describes vermin,” Hayes wrote. Asked whether “invasion” was appropriate, he said: “They don’t have weapons, and are not militants of any kind so fo course invasion is definitely not appropriate. It is a humanitarian crisis, yes.”

He added: “Calling a group of people an “infestation,” comparing them to rats or vermin or cockroaches has been deployed as justification for genocide time and time again. This is just a plain historical fact.”

The exchange ended with this:

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Mackowiak’s last point here is particularly revealing and alarming. He is, it seems, more concerned and offended by the analogy Trump’s critic’s make of his administration to the Third Reich than he is of the analogy and metaphor the president makes comparing immigrants to animals and an infestation. In addition to Hayes’ astute points about the relative accuracy of each analogy, there’s a more fundamental point to be made: one of the comparisons is used to critique the powerful ruling party in the U.S. government, while the other is used to attack and demonize a vulnerable and frequently abused population. The fact that Mackowiak finds one of these analogies “unwise” while offering little condemnation of the other is particularly telling.

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‘A nuclear bomb dropped on the economy’: CNN’s John Harwood shocked by new unemployment numbers

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CNN's John Harwood on Thursday was shocked by the record number of jobless claims filed in the last week -- and he said that the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be worse than expected.

During a CNN panel discussion, Harwood didn't even try to sugarcoat the news about 6.6 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week, or double the 3.3 million Americans who had filed for benefits the week before.

"We have pulled the plug out from the American economy, and the result is an economic catastrophe," he said. "How long is it going to last? That depends on the public health answer to this situation. You know, we talked about in the past, in the last few days, certainly when we had last week's numbers that the federal -- both in terms of the Federal Reserve and the fiscal response from Congress -- is like relief efforts during hurricane. This is a nuclear bomb that has been dropped on the American economy."

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Roy Moore steps in to help Louisiana pastor arrested for refusing to obey coronavirus lockdown orders

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Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and two-time U.S. Senate candidate, Roy Moore, has offered his services as an advisor for a Louisiana pastor who continues to hold church services despite lockdown orders.

Rev. Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church was arrested on Tuesday and charged with six misdemeanor counts of violating state orders limit public gatherings to 10 people or less.

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Trump lashes out at Schumer after seeing him on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: ‘Stop complaining!’

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President Donald Trump reacted to seeing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling for a "czar" to oversee production of badly needed medical equipment.

The New York Democrat appeared Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he called on the president to order increased supplies under the Defense Production Act and then appoint an official to coordinate those efforts.

"President Trump needs to harness industry to quickly produce more medical supplies and equipment under the Defense Production Act NOW," Schumer tweeted. "He needs to appoint a czar like a military or logistics expert to lead the effort to make and get the supplies where they’re needed."

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