MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace explained on Thursday why she does not understand the refusal by Congressional Democrats to pursue the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Wallace, who has lately referred to herself as a non-practicing Republican, was a top GOP strategist prior to her career in journalism.
“If impeachment were politically popular, I promise you the attack on Democrats would be that they were pursuing it because it was politically expedient,” Wallace explained. “If she believes that crimes were committed and that Mueller unearthed them in the second volume of the obstruction report, I don’t understand why the fact that impeachment is polarizing is some sort of — it makes them just as cowardly as the Republicans.”
“Absolutely,” replied Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude. “To my mind, it’s an abdication of their Constitutional responsibility.”
“It is incumbent on the Democratic Party — the party that runs the House, the House of the people — to be the standard bearer of the Constitution, our democracy,” he argued. “Plus as a performative contradiction, you can’t tell me on the one hand you’re passing legislation knowing it’s going to die in [Mitch] McConnell’s Senate and tell me, on the other hand, we shouldn’t impeach because it’s going to die in the Senate.”
“You think we’re Boo Boo the Fool, when, in fact, what it is at the end of the day you lack courage. If you lack courage in this dark time, our democracy is in peril,” Glaude added.
“I am not saying that I’ve decided impeachment is the right thing to do. But there are some statements in politics, if X then Y,” Wallace explained. “If X is I believe he committed crimes — and that’s what Robert Mueller’s obstruction volume shows — then Y is I’m going to hold him accountable because I’m Congress and that’s my job.”
“I don’t see any gray there. I don’t understand why the Democrats are helping the White House fuzz it up,” she added.
Trump ‘pulled the ultimate BBQ Becky’: Joy Reid destroys the racist push to get critics to ‘self-deport’
MSNBC anchor Joy Reid declared that Donald Trump "pulled the ultimate BBQ Becky" with his racist attack on young women of color in Congress.
In 2008, a woman became known as "BBQ Becky" after calling the police on a black family having a barbecue in an Oakland park. The 911 dispatcher who received the call wondered about BBQ Becky's mental health the ordeal was so surreal.
Trump is a racist — but he is also ‘deeply mentally ill’: Trump biographer
On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "Hardball," anchor Chris Matthews discussed President Donald Trump's racist outbursts against congresswomen of color with Pulitzer Prize-winning tax journalist and Trump biographer David Cay Johnston.
Johnston agreed that Trump has been deeply racist throughout his career — but added that another major problem is Trump's cognitive faculties are severely impaired.
"Is he the kind of guy, in a back room with other right-wing business guys, who would make slurs about people of color?" said Johnston. "Is he that kind of guy?"
"That's not Donald's style. Donald's actions are what matter here," said Johnston. "He once removed a black blackjack dealer because he thought it would curry favor with his biggest gambler, [alleged mobster] Bob Libutti. He's found to have discriminated in his casino business against blacks, Asians, women, Puerto Ricans. He has a long history of actions. We should be paying attention to his actions, and they're flat-out racist."
Republicans in Congress are angry about Trump’s latest racist comments — but not because they’re racist
There can be no denying that amid the firestorm from President Donald Trump tweeting that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) should "go back where they came from," Republicans in Congress are upset.
However, as many of them make clear in conversation with reporters, the fact that these comments were racist is not the main reason they are angry at the president. Rather, they are frustrated that his comments are hogging the news cycle, which leaves them incapable of discussing their agenda — and of criticizing the agenda of the Democratic representatives he targeted.