MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch shredded Rudy Giuliani as a “pathetic” clown for continuing to trade out what was left of his reputation to serve President Donald Trump.
Giuliani dismissed special counsel Robert Mueller’s upcoming congressional testimony, scheduled for July 17, as “totally useless,” and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough raked him over the coals.
“It’s hard to believe this man ever ran a city like New York, let alone the fact that many people like myself consider him to be a very effect effective mayor,” Scarborough said. “It’s just a cynical, cynical, stupid thing for Rudy Giuliani to say.”
“When Robert Mueller said at the top of the report, and the Justice Department guidelines made him say at the top of the report, that he couldn’t — he could not say that the president should be indicted,” he added. “He could not draw that conclusion, and here you have the president’s lawyers just being stupid, just lying. I’m sure there are a lot of stupid people that will pick that up and will tweet it, but it is totally separated from the fact, it doesn’t change the facts at all, and again, just more embarrassment for Rudy Giuliani.”
Deutsch was even more harsh in his assessment.
“I’ve lived through Rudy Giuliani as mayor, his very strong job at 9/11, and just watch him degenerate into this pathetic circus figure — stupid, lying, grotesque in every way — sold his soul just to be near the sun,” Deutsch said.
Scarborough called out Giuliani for purposefully misrepresenting Mueller’s findings, and his duties and limitations as special counsel, to protect Trump from consequences for his wrongdoing.
“He used to vouch for Robert Mueller, as did a lot of other people, but knew that he could not reach a conclusion,” Scarborough said. “For him to then turn around and use the fact that he followed the law, followed the Constitution, to use that against him is grotesque.”
Deutsch said Giuliani had squandered his reputation in the waning years of his public life.
“What people will do at a certain age to just be in the spotlight is sad,” Deutsch said. “he’s pathetic, he’s taken on a pathetic tone.”
Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.