Author and advocate for economic populism Anand Giridharadas told MSNBC on Thursday that President Donald Trump was the symptom of a disease you didn’t know you had — and that Joe Biden wasn’t the cure Americans need.
“He’s only been in the race like seven minutes, but that video was an ‘edit-undo campaign,'” Giridharadas said of Biden’s announcement. “The whole entirety of it was ‘Trump is the problem, Trump is the problem.'”
“I think Trump is the kind of problem that is a symptom. Trump is a boil on your body that is actually a clue that you have a really big problem, you have some disease that you haven’t gotten diagnosed,” he went on. “And if you say that the premise seemed to be things weren’t great in America and then Trump got in and besmirched the character of our country and made things ugly — ”
“Except things were broken in America, and that’s why we ended up with Trump,” interjected host Stephanie Ruhle.
“But the only person who can’t say that is Joe Biden, because he was vice president for the preceding eight years that launched us into Trump,” Giridharadas shot back. “So he is the person least able to tell the truth in this Democratic primary about the fact that there were conditions of inequality, of anger, of dispossession, of rising racial resentment — ”
“But Joe Biden and Barack Obama don’t own that,” Ruhle insisted. “Inequality is a massive problem around the world.”
“You’re absolutely right but here’s one way in which they do,” Giridharadas said. “I don’t think Barack Obama made it his point to fundamentally change power equations in this country in eight years. And I think we’re going to have a referendum on maybe Joe Biden continuing that approach, and others saying ‘we’re going to keep getting Trump-like figures over the next 30 to 40 years.'”
“The next time we get a Donald Trump,” he added, “it actually may be someone who can read.”
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Rick Wilson warns ‘Donald Trump is not a well man’ and is now ‘speaking in tongues’
President Donald Trump is mentally unwell, a top strategist explained on MSNBC on Thursday.
"A few 24 hours after a sustained presidential performance that even by Donald Trump’s standard qualified as unhinged and unnerving, the world is reeling and offering a collective judgment of omg and wtf. That is a concise summary of this morning’s headlines," anchor John Heilemann reported.
"To help you grasp the full scope of the presidential meltdown, we offer you this," he said, introducing a clip of Trump.
"This string of absurdities might seem mildly funny at times but to Trump’s own former aides, what they witnessed in recent days crossed the threshold from amusing to alarming," he explained.
Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’
A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president's policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.
In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some "adults in the room" with Trump, but CNN's Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that -- as of late -- Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.
"This fits a pattern that we've seen from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at times during times when the administration tried to repeal parts of Obamacare, and of course, the big one the president has made about Jewish people who are supporting Democrats," Collins explained. "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are both Orthodox Jews. They've been involved with the president on many things. but neither of them have said anything publicly about the president's comments. and when we asked the white house have they been advising the president privately on this, the White House did not get back to us."
‘Unhinged, erratic and nuts’: Conservative warns Trump’s ‘chosen one’ outburst should set off alarms
In her column for the Washington Post, conservative never-Trumper Jennifer Rubin implored Republicans to look deep down inside themselves and stop defending Donald Trump after the president bizarrely declared himself the "chosen one" while speaking to the press on Wednesday.
Under a headline, "Trump’s unhinged display should frighten everyone,"Rubin ticked off comments made by the president in the past week since he returned from vacation including expressing a desire to buy Greenland, proposing -- then backing off -- new tax policies and calling Jews "disloyal" and wondered what it will take for people to see that the president is "nuts."