Republicans are put in a difficult position by President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept reality, a top GOP strategist explained on MSNBC on Monday.
Anchor Kasie Hunt played a clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempting to defend Trump’s public statements that he could accept foreign election interference in hopes of being re-elected in 2020 despite his lousy poll numbers.
GOP strategist Michael Steel offered his analysis of the situation facing Republicans.
“This is the hardest thing for every surrogate of President Trump and every Congressional Republican to deal with,” Steel explained. “His position is wrong. His position is indefensible. His position, even when he cleaned it up, wasn’t really right.”
“And because it’s so central to the questions about the legitimacy of his election in 2016, the president’s mind can’t be changed about this, which is why everyone who wants to defend him in public has to find their own way of defending the indefensible,” he continued.
“And basically turning somersaults,” Hunt noted.
“I think one of the best examples of this exact strategy came in that lengthy interview that President Trump did with ABC when he talked to George Stephanopoulos about the Mueller report,” Hunt said, playing a clip of Trump making clearly false claims about the findings of the special counsel investigation and refusing to be corrected.
“There is something amazing about the invulnerable reality distortion field around the president,” Steel noted.
“No facts that are contrary to his chosen narrative are ever perceived by the president, and he just — he lives in that alternate universe,” Steel said. “You can’t get him out of it.”
New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."