MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough believes President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on Democratic lawmakers are both a political calculation and an essential element of character.
Sam Stein, senior politics editor for HuffPost, wondered whether Trump was telling the four lawmakers — all women of color, all American citizens and all but one born in the U.S. — to go back to their home countries because he was genuinely just racist, and not playing a cynical gambit for racist voters, but the “Morning Joe” host said both could be true.
“I think it can be both,” Scarborough said. “I think it can be deeply embedded in his character and at the same time, I think he read Maureen Dowd’s (New York Times) column on Sunday morning an said, ‘Oh, wait a second, Democrats are fighting each other, let me drive a wedge between the two sides, and I’ll attack the four people that Nancy Pelosi is attacking.'”
“Yes, he’s shrewd enough to know if he attacks the four women and says the things that he says that some people will predictably blame Nancy Pelosi for that,” he added, “which of course, as Maureen Dowd pointed out, is about the stupidest take you could have. But it’s happened.”
Scarborough said the president’s reliance on solidifying the support of racist voters made no sense.
“Politics is a game of addition and not subtraction,” he said. “You want to make friends, you want to get more people voting for you — not less. Donald Trump and his approach over the past three years in office has made no sense to me because he has been playing a game of subtraction.”
“He has boiled down his support, he continues to boil down his support to the most hardcore people, and this does not seem to be the workings of a shrewd politician,” Scarborough added. “It seems to be the workings of a one-trick pony who can only do one thing, and that one thing has made him the only president to never cross the 50 percent threshold in approval ratings.”
A look inside the Koch brothers’ secret plan to manipulate politicians — and how it fueled the rise of the radical right
Democrats and Republicans are expected to spend about $1 billion getting their 2016 nominee elected. There’s a third group that will spend almost as much. It’s not a political party, and it doesn’t have any candidates. It’s the right-wing political network backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, expected to spend nearly $900 million in 2016. The Kochs’ 2016 plans come as part of an effort to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative candidates and causes over the last four decades. The story of the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors is told in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Mayer traces how the Kochs and other billionaires have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their right-wing agenda.
New video emerges of Trump blurting out anti-Semitic slurs
President Donald Trump this week said that the majority of American Jews were "disloyal" to Israel because they support the Democratic Party -- but that's far from the first time that the president has made controversial statements that deploy anti-Semitic tropes.
The Washington Post has obtained a video clip from 2011 that shows Trump boasting about how great one of his golf courses is before saying that "even these spoiled, rich Jewish guys, they can’t believe how good this [course] is."
The clip was originally aired on the Golf Channel for the show "Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf."
Trump snaps after ‘enemy’ Fed chairman doesn’t drop interest rates — compares him to China’s Xi
President Donald Trump flipped out on his Federal Reserve chairman after China imposed a new round of tariffs in his ongoing trade war against the economic powerhouse.
The president lashed out at Fed chairman Jerome Powell after he refused to budge on interest rates, and referred to the official he chose as an "enemy" of the United States.
"As usual, the Fed did NOTHING!" Trump raged on Twitter. "It is incredible that they can 'speak' without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work 'brilliantly' with both, and the U.S. will do great.."