On MSNBC Saturday, conservative editor and commentator Charlie Sykes deconstructed the GOP’s process complaints on impeachment — and warned that it is blowing up in their faces.
“On the scale of one to ten, one being actual substance, where would you rank what we just witnessed there and these arguments that these congressmen were making?” asked host Ayman Mohyeldin.
“Oh, I would put this at an 11,” said Sykes. “This was street theater. This was the Republican Party channeling its inner Code Pink. It’s like being in a — playing chess, and you realized you’ve just been checkmated and you throw the board over. You try to turn the whole thing into a farce. And this is clearly what they’re trying to do, that they — as the defenses crumble, they need to talk about the process, and to the extent that it is a darker and darker picture for the president, what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to turn it into a circus. But I think it backfired on them.”
“This is where the Republicans are at right now. They have to talk about the legitimacy of the process, focusing on that vote,” said Sykes. “That’s a fig leaf that’s going to be torn away very, very soon … Republicans in the Senate have to realize that things are going to get a lot worse in terms of the evidence, in terms of the venue that’s going to be televised trial, in terms of the president’s behavior, and they’re not going to be able to hide behind these questions about when does the house have a vote, public hearing, private hearings, that process issue will be resolved at some point politically, so at some point they’re going to have to confront the substance, and the substance of this is a president who has abused his power and sold out the country.”
‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response
President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.
"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."
‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election
As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.
The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times
Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.
You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”