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If Democrats want to impeach — they better come up with a slogan: presidential historian

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Presidential historian Jon Meacham said on MSNBC’s special about Robert Mueller, that if Democrats want to impeach the president, they must come up with a simple way that explains the report to Americans.

Host Ari Melber hosted a one-hour special on the next steps in the Mueller investigation and subsequent report. Meacham noted that it isn’t a matter of Democrats seeking nuance and Republicans needing a sound-byte. He explained that in today’s Twitter culture, Democrats need to boil-down 400 pages into a tweet.

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“I don’t want to fall into the trope of ‘the left likes nuance,’ sort of the old John Kerry line, and the right likes simplicity,” Meacham said. “That tends to be true right now. But one of the things we will have to deal with going forward in the country is if everything is reversed politically, will that tendency be reversed? It is an interesting question. I do think that one of the reasons sound bytes work is they capture truths, or at least they capture, as you say, they seem definitive. And the president is a master marketer. And, in fact, I would argue that he wouldn’t be president if he didn’t understand the vernacular of reality television.”

Melber agreed, noting that past lawyers understood this about public trials.

“I mean, forget Politics,” Melber said. “Wasn’t it Johnny Cochran who said, ‘If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.’ A tweet before Twitter that captured something, not something that proved accurate in the legal sense but something that proved strategic in the courtroom.”

Meacham agreed, saying that the criticism of Mueller he thinks is fair is that Mueller brought a knife to a gunfight or a Twitter fight.

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“They did not have a Cochran-esque summary of this,” Meacham said. “And that can be a problem. I’ve always thought that one of the things that historically we’re going to look back at President Obama, for instance, is he was less given less to pithy remarks — in large measure because he saw all the complexity of it. You remember, ‘tear down this wall’ from Ronald Reagan. You remember, ‘this will not stand’ from George H.W. Bush, so you do need that.”

Meachem went on to ask if Mueller failed to serve his cause of justice by not developing a way to explain the report in a way that would resonate with Americans.

Watch the full conversation below:

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Rachel Maddow reveals 9 major reasons so many Democrats are running against Trump in 2020

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC listed nine major reasons Democrats are running to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

"As we close in on the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the acute angle of the funnel that the candidates are going through right now is starting to pinch a little bit," Maddow noted.

"I think it’s fair to say that the Democratic Party knew that a lot of people were going to get into this presidential primary to try to earn the right to challenge this incumbent president. Right? It’s not rocket science to figure that out," she continued. "It’s nothing personal about the president."

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WATCH: Joy Reid warns Trump is going to ‘tank the U.S. economy — just before Christmas’

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MSNBC's Joy Reid warned President Donald Trump is going to 'tank' the United States economy.

Reid was interviewed by Chris Hayes on a broadcast of "All In" with a live studio crowd on Friday.

"This new round of tariffs would increase everything," Reid noted. "Something like 70% of what you buy in Walmart is sourced from China."

"And so if you raise the prices — that’s tariffs are -- by 25% or 30%, you are essentially going to tank the U.S. economy just before Christmas," she warned.

"Kicking brown people out of the country is expensive," she said.

"If you're willing to go broke, if you are willing to lose your farm, willing to lose everything because you hate brown people so much you are willing to literally kill yourself economically for it," she said.

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Democrat mocks Trump for being the wrong person to lead the charge on mental illness

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President Donald Trump may not be the best person to focus on mental health in America, a Democratic senator explained on MSNBC.

"All In" host Chris Hayes interviewed Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) before a live studio audience.

The two discussed Trump's focus on mental health instead of gun control following the latest mass shootings in America.

"I saw this article about the mental health proposal being floated. I gotta say, the more I hear him talk about mental health, the more freaked out I get, honestly," Hayes explained. "It seems like — like sci-fi dystopia. They want to do something like DARPA, the notorious Pentagon research association called HARPA. It’s going to develop 'breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence...The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be used to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home."

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