MSNBC political analyst Eli Stokols said Monday that Republicans are facing two unenviable choices as the 2020 elections approach — defend President Donald Trump from Democratic investigations into the conduct of his administration, or “putting their heads in the sand” and pretend everything is fine. Stokols made the observation after host Kasey Hunt remarked that despite the president’s statements to the contrary, Trump’s Twitter feed revealed a president “preoccupied” with the threat of impeachment
“I think the president’s Twitter feed can be confusing because you see him reacting to always just the smallest slights and insults,” said Stokols. “So he’s going to react to something as large and important as the Mueller report, even though he can also be reassured to know that an impeachment proceeding, if it would go forward out of the House, would never pass the Senate.”
Trump “believes that, at least in theory, Democrats pushing the envelope on impeachment will make it easier for him to continue to portray them as simply out to resist him, to be obstructionist,” Stokols continued. “And he thinks that fits well into his reelection argument in 2020.”
“He will toggle himself between feeling nervous and needing to vent on Twitter, and then feeling supremely calm and reassured by certain things that he’s safe,” he went on, adding that the GOP was equally nervous.
“As these things come out and there’s more that gets laid out there in the Mueller report and from these investigations that Democrats are going to pursue,” Stokols said, “Republicans are going to have to stand by and either fight these investigations as the president wants them to do, or they are going to have to sit there and look the other way and put their heads in the sand.”
“That’s not great for any of them on the ballot in 2020.”
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Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
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‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."