Panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” reacted to a New York Times report showing President Donald Trump’s disinterest in his own re-election campaign, or what he might accomplish in a second term.
The report shows instead that Trump calls up acquaintances to gauge his popularity against Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, asks aides to lie about his low poll numbers and insists on final approval for campaign merchandise and music played at campaign events.
“I can see the argument for not being too much in the weeds with the day-to-day operations campaign,” said Times reporter Nick Confessore, who did not author the report. “But this is a president who often seems distant from his own administration, he’s distant from his own campaign.”
“So what does he care about?” Confessore added. “What’s he doing every day? Why is he there? We see him tweeting a lot, watching a lot of cable news — not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s important for him to figure out exactly why he’s there and what fight he wants to wage.”
MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan was struck by the level of detail in the piece about the president’s apparent disinterest in governing and campaigning.
“The staff clearly doesn’t like him very much,” she said. “Can you imagine? The details of this piece if this had been about President Obama or President Bush, the disloyalty is running rampant in this administration. It’s just another reminder.”
MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle said the answer to what Trump cares about is simple.
“He cares about himself,” Barnicle said. “That’s all he cares about — himself — and every day it is just an extension of his show that he has, with set-up villains — it’s either Joe Biden or the Mexican government.”
“The president is obsessed with himself,” he added, “not the country, not any formulation of plans to improve the country, not his goals for his administration’s first term, certainly not what would be a second-term set of goals. It’s himself.”
New York’s legislature gives landlords a lesson in democracy
The knockout punch that the New York State Legislature just landed fighting landlords over spiraling rents ought to be attracting wider attention.
Just as with healthcare access or prescription drug prices, the cost of rent increases that mostly benefit big apartment owners is a challenge to the income-gap society that are at the heart of the national political debate. Every urban center in the country is having housing problems, and rents, like mortgages, are a subject at every kitchen table.
For once, the New York Legislature, whose Democrats overcame internecine divisions this session, has abolished rules that let building owners deregulate apartments, and closed loopholes that have permitted landlords to raise rents. And the changes for better tenant protection were made permanent, eliminating the recurring drama over these issues.
Trump’s EPA wants minimal limits on poison in drinking water
The Trump EPA calculated recommended limits of a dangerous chemical sometimes found in drinking water that can harm babies’ brain development that were more than 9 times higher than those imposed by a few states by fudging a key number in the calculation.
The Trump recommended a limit for perchlorate, which can harm infant brain development, of 56 micrograms per liter, far above the limit of 6 that California imposed and 2 that Massachusetts set, more than a decade ago.
MSNBC’s Mika scorches Trump over sex assault denials: ‘What type of woman would you rape?’
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski revealed the horrific meaning behind President Donald Trump's defense against new rape claims.
Author and columnist E. Jean Carroll has accused the president of raping her more than 20 years ago after a chance meeting at a Manhattan department store, but Trump insists he couldn't have assaulted her because she's not his "type."
"We're talking about sexual assault, talking about actual rape and the president said that she's not his type," the "Morning Joe" co-host said. "So I guess the follow-up question is, since you have a type when it comes to rape, what's your type, Donald Trump, and is it any of the other women who claimed that you raped them?"