MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough bashed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney for insulting the public’s intelligence by denying his confession of a quid pro quo arrangement.
The “Morning Joe” host said Mulvaney clearly lied by denying that he’d admitted during a videotaped news conference to helping to hold up aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to pressure the foreign ally to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory held by President Donald Trump.
“There’s rank stupidity here,” Scarborough said. “I don’t know whether Mick Mulvaney is the one that is so stupid or whether he believes that Donald Trump supporters are so stupid that if he just keeps lying, talks fast enough, he thinks the rubes — he must consider them to be rubes — in his mind will let it pass.”
Mulvaney was called out on his lies during a Fox News appearance Sunday, and Scarbrough said he tried to change the subject to a debunked conspiracy theory involving a Democratic National Committee server and Ukraine.
“Only conspiracy theorists are talking about a DNC server being hidden mysteriously somewhere by an oligarch in Ukraine,” he said. “Nobody believes that to be the truth. That is a conspiracy theory, and yet he is saying, that’s the quid pro quo, this conspiracy theory that was disproven by conservatives and liberals a very long time ago.”
Trump Twitter rages against impeachment testimony: ‘Star witnesses unable to answer the question!’
President Donald Trump tweeted out a reaction to Day One of the impeachment hearings he claimed he hadn't watched.
The president insisted Wednesday afternoon, during a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, that he hadn't watched "one minute" of the first public testimony, by two State Department witnesses -- but he reacted the following day on Twitter.
"(Rep. John Ratcliffe) asked the two 'star' witnesses, 'where is the impeachable event in that call?'" Trump tweeted. "Both stared straight ahead with a blank look on their face, remained silent, & were unable to answer the question. That would be the end of a case run by normal people! - but not Shifty!"
GOP’s ‘chaotic’ first day fighting impeachment revealed they’re overwhelmed by evidence against Trump: Ex-prosecutor
The House Republican strategy for the first day of public impeachment hearings showed they knew Democrats were playing a strong hand, and they didn't.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, writing for Politico, explained how GOP lawmakers tried to confuse jurors -- in this case, the public and their counterparts in the Senate -- by talking about Hunter Biden or Javelin missiles because they wanted to distract from the strong evidence tying President Donald Trump to an extortion scheme.
Trump’s latest and most ludicrous con job
Donald Trump is con artist in chief of the United States. His many apparent and impeachable crimes, such as the Ukraine scandal, collusion with Russia and violations of the Emoluments Clause, flow from that fact. Of course, Trump’s long con involves millions and perhaps even billions of dollars. But Trump’s big score, his ultimate goal, is permanent control of the presidency of the United States and the power for him and his family and allies to engage in legal theft indefinitely.
This article first appeared on Salon.