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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‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."
The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes
On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."
Trump ‘leads a domestic hate movement’ — and the world is watching in shock: WaPo columnist
President Donald Trump's racism is shocking the entire globe, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent wrote in a Thursday column.
"One of the most chilling things about President Trump’s hate-rally in North Carolina — which devolved into chants of “send her back,” directed at a nonwhite immigrant member of Congress — was the profusion of tweets about it from abroad," Sargent reported.
"As the president of the United States leads a domestic hate movement, the world is watching," he explained.