MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace worried that Democrats are repeating the mistakes made in 2004 that resulted in Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) losing the presidential election.
Wallace asked her panel why Democrats weren’t fighting back harder against Trump’s racism.
“Because none of them have the gumption, the backbone and the moral clarity to make these arguments,” Dr. Jason Johnson said. “This disgusts me.”
“That’s what people worry about with Donald Trump being able to be re-elected because he has conviction. Even if the conviction is wrong,’ he explained.
“They’re thinking strategically instead of morally. That’s the problem, this is not a strategic issue. It’s a moral issue. I don’t think the Democrats get it,” he worried.
Wallace, who served as communications director in the George W. Bush White House, gave her theory as to why Bush was re-elected in 2004.
“When John Kerry lost the 2004 election was the moment he said, ‘I was for it before I was against it.’ When the voters see you making a calculation and not reacting like a mother or father or neighbor, they’re instantly turned off,” she explained.
Psychoanalyst Justin Frank on why Trump ‘hates reality’ and must be ‘quarantined’
Donald Trump is a living, breathing national emergency. Our president has repeatedly encouraged violence against his perceived enemies — and at least some of his supporters are following his lead. These are not isolated incidents. There are dozens of court cases where Donald Trump has been cited for "inspiring" acts of violence and other crimes. There are also the most odious examples such as the recent white supremacist terror attack in El Paso in which the alleged mass murderer wrote an online "manifesto" that almost verbatim channeled Trump's threatening rhetoric towards nonwhite people.
Like a fox — how a TV news channel is tearing America apart
A little over 20 years ago, Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes concocted a profitable way to tap into the white supremacist ideology still bubbling below America’s surface.
They started a “news” network that, instead of providing actual news, gave white, conservative viewers the news they wanted to hear: that they, their families, and their values were under attack by minorities, gays, women, liberals, socialists, Muslims, atheists, the media, etc. — and therefore their biases were justified.
It’s been a lucrative strategy. However, just making a buck wasn’t enough for them. They also wanted to shape the fortunes of the country they were dividing. Here, too, they had tremendous success.
Is Trump’s love affair with Fox News fading?
Last month after Donald Trump watched Fox News lob what he called "softball questions" at a Democratic lawmaker, the US president delivered a crisp smackdown of his favorite network: "Fox sure ain't what it used to be."
After years of often fawning coverage by Fox, particularly from its pro-Trump anchors like Sean Hannity, the commander in chief appears to be tilting his media gaze toward a younger, more right-wing rival, cable outfit One America News Network (OANN).
The small upstart broadcaster was launched only recently, in 2013, by technology millionaire Robert Herring, who sought a more conservative alternative to mainstream media behemoths like CNN.