Appearing on MSNBC’s “AM JOY,” a former supporter of Donald Trump looked back on the 2016 election and explained how he came to vote for the president — laying a large part of the blame on Fox News personalities who pumped up the then-businessman’s accomplishments while avoiding his numerous failures.
Speaking with host Joy Reid, Army veteran David Weissman said he learned much more about the president after the election than he did prior to voting — but first he attempted to explain why rabid supporters of the president have taken to the streets to protest the pandemic lockdown.
“A lot of this fear I mentioned about, a lot comes from propaganda from conservative networks downplaying the virus,” Weissman offered. “They don’t think the virus isn’t as serious as it really is and a lot of people do not believe in the numbers of the fatalities from the virus– we have Trump even called it a hoax, he called it a hoax for a long time. He waited until 70 days to finally act on it. You see people like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, they were calling it a hoax. That’s why you have so many thinking that this is not as serious as it really is, why they have no problem going into public and protesting.”
Asked how he came to vote for Trump and then turn on him, he explained, “Well, I had a very interesting dialogue that pretty much changed my worldview with [comedian] Sara Silverman on Twitter. I learned a lot about values that liberals believe in, Democrats, even politicians like Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
“I learned a lot of the stuff I believed for many years that’s false, what in the real world is really going on,” he continued. “So, when my worldview changed, I learned who Trump really is. I realized he is not this patriotic businessman, you know. He had business failures, you know, he’s like not this — the person that Fox News and other media outlets made him out to be, he’s not that in real life. When I realized that, I learned that that’s not who I voted for — when I voted for Trump, I was picturing somebody else.”
Trump’s policies could come back to haunt him as he struggles to save his presidency from COVID-19: columnist
In a column for Washington Monthly, Annie Kim suggested that Donald Trump will likely be handcuffed by his own economic policies as he attempts to deal with the collapse of the U.S. economy in large part due to the coronavirus pandemic that raged out of control on his watch.
With close to 40 million Americans now unemployed and the president's administration pumping trillions into the economy to keep the country afloat as businesses shutter, Kim suggested that Trump is in a major bind of his own making that could cost him re-election.
Trump White House ‘flailing’ because they see election slipping away: AP reporter
On Monday morning, MSNBC "Morning Joe" regular Jonathan Lemire claimed that Donald Trump's manic spree of ugly tweets aimed at his critics -- combined with White House attacks on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden -- shows that the president and his campaign are "flailing" because they know the election is likely lost.
With host Joe Scarborough asking, "What is going through the president's mind? What is his state of mind? Why does he seem even more unbalanced and unmoored today than he has over the past three and a half turbulent years?" Lemire stated the combination of the coronavirus pandemic with its mounting death toll and the collapsing economy is more than the president can handle.
Morning Joe slams Trump for spending Memorial Day weekend spewing nothing but ‘trash’
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" crew kicked off Memorial Day morning slamming Donald Trump for spending the weekend tweeting "disgusting" attacks on his critics, with one panelist saying if Trump was a relative, any family would step in.
After co-host Mika Brzezinski reading off a series of ugly tweets from the president that attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, she added, "Why do we read these? Why do we read these? Because everyone is freaking out about what Joe Biden said. They're doing, like, two to three minutes of coverage, extensive coverage."