‘You Are President of the United States’: Leon Panetta Blasts Trump For Acting ‘Emotionally’

Leon Panetta has been highly critical of President Donald Trump‘s temperament. On Friday, the former CIA Director and Defense Secretary renewed those criticisms. Speaking with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press Daily, Panetta said that it’s one thing to have human emotions. But it’s another thing to act on them. “Presidents are human beings, and they react emotionally to issues that bother them,” Panetta said. But, he added, referring to Trump, “You are President of the United States. And your first responsibility is to be President. It’s not to react emotionally to issues that pop up every day.” Panetta went on to criticize the entire West Wing for a lack of stability, and the lack of a steady hand on the tiller:
“I don’t see anybody who’s got political experience, who has experience running a White House. I sense that there’s a lot of competing centers of Continue reading "‘You Are President of the United States’: Leon Panetta Blasts Trump For Acting ‘Emotionally’"

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Hannity Hits Back at Scarborough: ‘Do They Hold Hands Under The Desk?’

Sean Hannity Earlier today, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough took aim at fellow cable news host Sean Hannity in a manner that one doesn’t typically see. Taking exception to Hannity’s continued coverage of the conspiracy surrounding Seth Rich‘s death — a report that is so thinly sourced that FoxNews.com retracted it — Scarborough called Hannity’s coverage “gross and repulsive” before going on to deride the Fox News personality as having “no shame.” We reached out to Mr. Hannity, who is currently enjoying an early Memorial Day vacation, for comment on Scarborough’s critique. Hannity did not demure.  “LOL, Joe and Mika are so cute together. Do they hold hands under the desk?” he told Mediaite, adding “That would be the only reason to watch the low rated daily emotional breakdowns they have.” Hannity is facing scrutiny for his continued coverage of the Rich story, which has led  Continue reading "EXCLUSIVE: Sean Hannity Hits Back at Scarborough: ‘Do They Hold Hands Under The Desk?’"

‘Banality of Evil’: MSNBC Guest References Holocaust Book to Explain Gianforte Election

Last night, despite having assaulted a Guardian reporter the day before, Republican Greg Gianforte pulled out a victory in Montana’s special election to fill it’s lone House seat. Well, according to Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Montana voters sending Gianforte to Congress might be somewhat analogous to what occurred during the Holocaust. During an MSNBC segment this morning, host Stephanie Ruhle wanted to know what this says about our culture considering that Gianforte was able to get elected despite attacking a reporter and flip-flopping on his original statement about the incident during his victory speech. “The opposite of the lessons we teach our children,” she exclaimed. “Remember the press release, the initial press release was to deny all of the specifics,” said Glaude, referring to Gianforte’s initial comments on the attack. “Then you come back and apologize. So you don’t apologize for lying initially; you apologize for the act. Continue reading "‘Banality of Evil’: MSNBC Guest References Holocaust Book to Explain Gianforte Election"

Scarborough: Sean Hannity’s Coverage of Seth Rich Conspiracy is ‘Gross and Repulsive’

In the second hour of Morning Joe Friday, host Joe Scarborough took a moment to do something he said he rarely did and didn’t like doing: attack a rival network anchor. “We don’t talk about our competitors because, you know, it’s just kind of gross. And we’re supposed to be talking about things that are bigger than that” said Scarborough. Quite a tee up. Scarborough soon revealed that the person in his crosshairs was none other than Fox News’ Sean Hannity. The issue was — you guessed it — Seth Rich. The MSNBC host said he was disgusted with how Hannity had pursued the story long after it was debunked and despite the express wishes of the Rich family. “Now we are reduced to fake news and Sean Hannity ripping the hearts out of parents for their son, their young, gifted son who was shot in the back and trying Continue reading "Scarborough: Sean Hannity’s Coverage of Seth Rich Conspiracy is ‘Gross and Repulsive’"

David Frum: Trump Team’s Russian Contacts ‘Not a Crime’ But a ‘Loyalty Issue’

On MSNBC‘s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, guest host Joy-Ann Reid held a panel discussion on the late-breaking news that senior White House advisor and nepotist extraordinaire Jared Kushner is now a person of interest in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian shenanigans during the 2016 presidential campaign. Asked how it was possible that Kushner could be part of the White House’s so-called “war room” effort to push back against the fallout from the Russia probe, Frum, the former George W. Bush speechwriter and architect of the Iraq War, said:
“The constant iteration of crime sets people up to look for what may be the very wrong thing. The things that may have happened here may be extremely serious and not criminal. It’s not a crime to be financially beholden to the Russians. It’s not a crime to tell them things. It’s not a crime Continue reading "David Frum: Trump Team’s Russian Contacts ‘Not a Crime’ But a ‘Loyalty Issue’"

‘Nepotism Run Wild!’ Chris Matthews Rips Kushner After News He’s Being Looked at in Russia Probe

Following two major new reports from the Washington Post and NBC News which said that Jared Kushner is currently being looked at by the FBI in the Russia investigation, Chris Matthews absolutely teed off on the son-in-law of President Donald Trump and questioned his role in the White House. In a fiery series of comments on Hardball Thursday, Matthews ripped Trump for appointing Kushner in the first place. “I think it was a bad idea to let him become an assistant to the President,” Matthews said. “I think it’s nepotism run wild.” The Hardball host added that Kushner’s constant public presence was ominous.
This is follow the money time. I’m watching this guy. This son-in-law. He’s a business guy. We know what he’s doing. He’s making a lot of money. He married into a lot of money…He’s in bed with that family. And the President troops him around with Continue reading "‘Nepotism Run Wild!’ Chris Matthews Rips Kushner After News He’s Being Looked at in Russia Probe"

Joe Lieberman Targets ‘Far-Left’ Critics: ‘Everything is So Partisan’

On Thursday, former Senator Joe Lieberman revealed that he felt let down by some congressional Democrats who ripped his possible nomination to be FBI director by President Donald Trump. “You know, I was disappointed,” Lieberman said on MSNBC. “Although I guess, when I step back for a minute, I wasn’t surprised, because everything is so partisan in Washington. And there’s still a group probably on the far left of the Democratic Party that still doesn’t forgive me.” Anchor Nicolle Wallace had mentioned that she had recently interviewed Representative Joseph Crawley, a Democrat from New York, who revealed that he was opposed to a possible Lieberman nomination from President Donald Trump. She asked, “Were you surprised or pained that some Democrats were resistant to the idea of you as FBI director?” Earlier in the segment, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, who pulled his name out of consideration Continue reading "Joe Lieberman Targets ‘Far-Left’ Critics: ‘Everything is So Partisan’"