“I can’t breathe” — that’s what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City’s Central Park and falsely accusing him of “threatening her life” after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these developments and more with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and National Book Award–winning author of “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” and “How to Be an Antiracist.”
Mary Trump schools the GOP Donald didn't become more unstable after the election — he was already unstable
Dr. Mary Trump, the niece of former President Donald Trump, told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell that she doesn't buy into the idea that her uncle was somehow more unstable" after the election, as Gen. Mark Milley characterized in the new book Peril.
Speaking about the findings from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Dr. Trump explained that her uncle was never really stable, to begin with. So, after the election, he wasn't able to reign it in because he was never capable of it before.
During the summer of the Black Lives Matter protests, Trump wanted to Insurrection Act to shut them all down. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told Trump that he couldn't do that. Trump flew into a rage screaming, "You're not the president! I'm the god damn president!"
"I'm not sure that there's another president in the United States who said anything like that at any point in the Oval Office because every previous holder of that office, I think, was pretty confident at all times who the president was," said O'Donnell.
Dr. Trump agreed, saying that they were confident, but they actually understood how the government worked and Trump never really understood what that role was other than the title.
"Donald had no authority to invoke the Insurrection Act under those circumstances, and the fact that he felt thwarted just tells us how dangerous it is to put somebody in a position of that much power who, one, doesn't understand what his job is, and, two, is unwilling to learn and, three, feels entitled to having absolute control and power," said Dr. Trump. "So, I think that we really dodged a bullet in the sense that Donald didn't have quite enough time to install his cronies at the various departments because he was on his way to doing just that."
She went on to explain that there is a very real need for the government to shore up some of the rules and regulations that could protect the country from someone like Trump in the future.
O'Donnell said that one thing that struck him in the book is how many Republican leaders realized that Trump was exactly what Democrats warned.
"A stream of people from Paul Ryan on, saying 'I just can't believe what this guy is like,' and they all -- I don't get it because he seemed incredibly, totally transparent to me as a campaigner for the president," said O'Donnell. "He was absolutely consistent as a deranged campaigner for the presidency. He was advertising that the presidency will have a deranged person in the Oval Office, and these people ended up being surprised that he really was as crazy as he appeared to be."
Dr. Trump accused the Republicans of trying to revise history and cover themselves after the fact.
"If they were paying the slightest bit of attention, they know exactly who they were dealing with," she said. "He was the same in 2015 as he was in 2020 as he was in 2000, you know? So, it's just a way of changing the narrative away from their responsibility, which they refuse to admit, which is, again, another problem. They didn't stay and try to fix the problem. They ran away from it."
See the interview below:
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McConnell and other Republicans gathered to laugh at Trump being called a 'moron' by Rex Tillerson: book
The ongoing battle between former President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was evident Monday evening as excerpts from the new book Peril continued to be leaked ahead of the Tuesday release.
Speaking to MSNBNC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa reported a gathering of Senate colleagues in the cloakroom after Trump's former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, called his ex-boss an "f*cking moron."
"'Do you know why Tillerson was able to say that he didn't call the president a 'moron?' McConnell would dryly ask colleagues in his Kentucky drawl. 'Because he called him a f*cking moron!'"
It was also reported in the book that behind the scenes, McConnell worked with then-President-elect Joe Biden to ensure a stable transition because Trump refused.
Since his time in office, Trump has waged his own mini-war against McConnell. He is reportedly working behind the scenes to get Republicans to vote McConnell out of the leadership.
The excerpt from O'Donnell goes on to describe more of the exchange between Trump and the former vice president as the president pressured Mike Pence to overturn the election on Jan. 6.
It also described a scene in which Trump's aides were freezing because he wanted to have the doors open on Jan. 5 to hear his supporters cheering for him outside of the White House.
"Isn't that great!" Trump exclaimed. "Tomorrow's going to be a big day."
See the opener with O'Donnell below:
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On Monday, during a discussion about Texas' harsh new anti-abortion law, right-wing conspiracy theorist webcaster Alex Jones dropped a confession: He has paid for women to get abortions.
But Jones, who often laces his programming with messages about the Biblical end times, made clear he isn't proud of having done so.
"Some of the people that do abortions, some doctors that do abortions believe in it, they think it's a service, I can see their perspective, and they got a hard job," said Jones. "And I paid for abortions, so I'm not a hypocrite in this, many, many years ago, and I haven't done it since, and I'm repentant of it. The point is, I don't blame people that are deceived about it, or don't understand the big picture, or are poor or scared or whatever. God judges the heart."
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