MSNBC Contributor Painfully Confuses Rep. Joaquin Castro With Twin, 2020 Candidate Julian Castro


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MSNBC contributor Noah Rothman stumbled into an awkward moment after he confused Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) for 2020 presidential candidate and his identical twin Julián Castro. Rothman, a Commentary magazine editor, asked Joaquin Castro on Morning Joe about his stance on Iran relations discussed during a Fox News town hall (which was held with Julián Castro, not Joaquin and apparently unbeknownst to Rothman). “Well, the first thing is, I have to correct you,” the lawmaker said. “The person who did the Fox News town hall was my brother, Julián, who is running for president. I’m here in the Congress.” Rothman was clearly embarrassed and apologized. “That is a truly awful confusion on my part. But I’m sure it’s not the first time this happened,” Rothman said. Castro was seemingly okay with the mixup, laughing while Rothman was apologizing. Rothman later apologized again on Twitter.

Joe Scarborough Passionately Defends Joe Biden’s Segregationist Comments With FDR Comparison


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Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough offered a passionate defense of former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent boasting of working civilly with Southern Senators who were also segregationist which started something of a rare bipartisan cable news firestorm in its wake. Some background: during a New York fundraiser, Biden fondly recalled his earlier days in Congress in which he worked in a civil manner with Senators James O. Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia, who were in favor of segregation. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me boy, he always called me son,” Biden said. He later mentioned, “a guy like Herman Talmadge, one of the meanest guys I ever knew, you go down the list of all these guys.” Biden continued “well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of Continue reading "Joe Scarborough Passionately Defends Joe Biden’s Segregationist Comments With FDR Comparison"

Morning Joe Mocks Trump Rally ‘Victimhood’ With Montage of ‘Pity Party’ Complaints


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MSNBC’s Morning Joe highlighted what they see as President Donald Trump’s “real culture of victimhood” and outsider resentment that has fueled his rise to the White House Wednesday morning, following an Orlando campaign announcement rally that was derided by the show as a “pity party” of complaints. Co-host Joe Scarborough opened the segment by noting that “Republicans used to mock” the claiming of victimhood that he sees in Trump’s rhetoric, noting that the President is “even claiming that it would be over 50% but for Robert Mueller when in fact, he was at 38% before Robert Mueller began his investigation.” The conversation that followed focused on Trump’s not at all unreasonable position that the “they are all against us” was proven right in his historic 2016 election in which nearly every political “expert” and pollster predicted a loss to then-candidate Hillary Clinton. And that sense of resentment towards Continue reading "Morning Joe Mocks Trump Rally ‘Victimhood’ With Montage of ‘Pity Party’ Complaints"

Joe Scarborough: Mitch McConnell is ‘Lying Through His Teeth’ In His Defense of Trump


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Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough called out Senator Mitch McConnell Friday morning saying that the Senate the Majority Leader was “lying through his teeth” in his defense of President Donald Trump. After playing a clip of McConnell’s recent appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show in which the senior senator from Kentucky dismissed criticism of Trump by saying “He gets picked at every day over every aspect of it but the fundamental point is they’re trying to keep the 2016 election alive and the investigation alive when the American people have heard enough.” Coming out of that clip, Willie Geist first said “No, actually that’s not what anyone’s talking about right now,” into which Scarborough interjected, “that’s such a lie! Willie, he’s such a liar. I’m sorry, he’s just lying through his teeth.” He then pointed out that, unlike President Trump, if a foreign agent like the Chinese were Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: Mitch McConnell is ‘Lying Through His Teeth’ In His Defense of Trump"

Scarborough Brutally Mocks Trump’s False Claim That Mueller Found He ‘Rebuffed’ Russian Interference


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President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the Mueller Report stated that his campaign “rebuffed” Russian election interference during a press gaggle in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon. Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough found this claim so absurd on its face, that he immediately and brutally mocked the false claim in a manner worthy of a Mediaite post. Trump claimed that the Mueller Report disappointed his critics because it “said no collusion and no obstruction and no nothing,” before adding “it sad we actually rebuffed your friends from Russia…that we actually pushed them back, we rebuffed them.” Scarborough could not contain his laughter before revealing to his co-host (and wife) Mika Brzezinski that he “actually scored the winning goal” in last night’s seventh game of the Stanley Cup. He also claimed to have won the Masters golf tournament in 1987, all the while point and laughing at Trump’s false claim. Continue reading "Scarborough Brutally Mocks Trump’s False Claim That Mueller Found He ‘Rebuffed’ Russian Interference"

Kurt Andersen: Trump is a ‘Truth-Teller About Confessing His Immorality and Thuggishness’


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The cable news ecosphere has been rife with Trump critics offering banal punditry for years. But the OG Trump caricaturist, Kurt Andersen, appeared on Morning Joe Thursday morning and dropped knowledge on Trump’s consistent penchant for lying…AND telling the truth. (Record scratch sound effect) Wha…? As Founding Editor of the wildly influential Spy Magazine, Andersen is credited for coining the term “short-fingered vulgarian” to describe Donald Trump, who was a consistent subject of mockery and derision for the seminal magazine that existed throughout most of the 80s and early 90s. Appearing on Morning Joe hot after Trump had been interviewed by GMA’s George Stephanopoulos, in which the president defensively proclaimed that he was “actually a very honest guy,” Andersen noted that “we all think of him as this reckless, compulsive liar, which of course he is.” Andersen then offered his keen insight into Trump’s psyche, by also Continue reading "Kurt Andersen: Trump is a ‘Truth-Teller About Confessing His Immorality and Thuggishness’"

Morning Joe Mocks Hannity for Criticizing Pelosi’s Trump Prison Talk: ‘Complete Lack of Shame’


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Morning Joe ridiculed Sean Hannity’s apparent lack of self-awareness Friday morning, as they reacted to the Fox News host’s curious slamming Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported comment that she wanted to see President Donald Trump in prison. On Thursday night, the Fox News host blasted Nancy Pelosi for the house speaker’s reported, private remarks about how she’d like to see Trump behind bars. Hannity called this “beyond despicable behavior” typical of “banana republics,” all while conveniently glossing over how often he rails against Hillary Clinton‘s alleged crimes and boosts the guy who soared to the presidency after promising to throw her in jail. As MSNBC’s morning show panel reacted to this, they started by remarking on how often Trump rallies veer into chants of “lock her up.” “The irony meter is like one of those at Chernobyl, it was going off of the charts,” Willie Geist said. “You almost Continue reading "Morning Joe Mocks Hannity for Criticizing Pelosi’s Trump Prison Talk: ‘Complete Lack of Shame’"

Morning Joe Mocks Hannity for Criticizing Pelosi’s Trump Prison Talk: ‘Complete Lack of Shame’


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Morning Joe ridiculed Sean Hannity’s apparent lack of self-awareness Friday morning, as they reacted to the Fox News host’s curious slamming Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported comment that she wanted to see President Donald Trump in prison. On Thursday night, the Fox News host blasted Nancy Pelosi for the house speaker’s reported, private remarks about how she’d like to see Trump behind bars. Hannity called this “beyond despicable behavior” typical of “banana republics,” all while conveniently glossing over how often he rails against Hillary Clinton‘s alleged crimes and boosts the guy who soared to the presidency after promising to throw her in jail. As MSNBC’s morning show panel reacted to this, they started by remarking on how often Trump rallies veer into chants of “lock her up.” “The irony meter is like one of those at Chernobyl, it was going off of the charts,” Willie Geist said. “You almost Continue reading "Morning Joe Mocks Hannity for Criticizing Pelosi’s Trump Prison Talk: ‘Complete Lack of Shame’"

Donny Deutsch: Trump Is a ‘Despicable Human Being’ for Hitting Political Rivals at Normandy ‘Sacred Ground’


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The entire panel assembled on Friday morning’s episode of Morning Joe laced into President Donald Trump for sitting down with Fox News primetime host Laura Ingraham before Thursday’s D-Day ceremony, and harshly criticizing his political opponents with the headstones of fallen WW II soldiers behind him in. Regular Donny Deutsch went the furthest in his criticism, however, calling President Trump a “despicable human being.” Thursday’s 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy that effectively ended World War II was widely seen as a great moment for President Trump, but that bipartisan glow faded quickly in predictable political precincts when Fox News aired the nearly 30 minutes of the Trump interview in which he blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer in his predictable name-calling fashion. With hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski overseas from their on-location coverage of Thursday’s commemorative events, hosting was left to world-class Continue reading "Donny Deutsch: Trump Is a ‘Despicable Human Being’ for Hitting Political Rivals at Normandy ‘Sacred Ground’"

Twitter Come Down? Morning Joe Illustrates How Trump’s Tweets Are Plummeting in Impact


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Morning Joe held a discussion on Wednesday over new indications that President Donald Trump‘s tweets are losing their shock value. Over the weekend, Axios released a chart graphing how Trump has tweeting even more than usual lately, and yet, the interaction he gets on his Twitter feed has been on a steady decline ever since his election. Axios explained that the falling engagement rates could be the result of Trump wearing out Twitter’s novelty as a political tool, or alternatively, that he tweets so much and repeats the same messages so many times that individual proclamations are less likely to have an impact. When Morning Joe asked economic analyst Steve Rattner to break this down, he said Trump is on track to tweet an average of 20 times per day, but interactions with his tweets are still dropping. He used Trump’s attacks on Robert Mueller as a case study Continue reading "Twitter Come Down? Morning Joe Illustrates How Trump’s Tweets Are Plummeting in Impact"

Mika Brzezinski Tries to Bait Morning Joe Panel Into Saying Trump Ruined Memorial Day, Flops


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Memorial Day always results in awkward cable news segments as the shows try to balance talking about the day but also serve the audience their usual fare and ratings-plays without it seeming like a cheap ploy. And in politics, partisans can have a tough time trying to balance talking about Memorial Day and veterans issues as it relates to their opponents while not coming off disrespecting the day or the fallen in a cheap shot. Frequently this doesn’t come off great. So the fact that Mika Brzezinski tried to get the first Morning Joe segment yesterday, a reflection on the day, to turn into a Trump-bash isn’t surprising in the sense of new or different, it’s was still notable for the clumsiness of her effort and the unwillingness of the two anti-Trump commentators to whom she directed her advances to cooperate. In fact, their answers were pretty remarkably not what Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Tries to Bait Morning Joe Panel Into Saying Trump Ruined Memorial Day, Flops"

Joe Scarborough: Unlike John McCain, Lindsey Graham ‘Sold His Political Soul’ to Support Trump


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There has been no greater political conversion in recent history than that of Senator Lindsey Graham and his transformation from being the most vocal critic of then-candidate Donald Trump to the president’s most loyal supporter, advocate, and defender in U.S. Congress. Joe Scarborough addressed this in stark comparison to Graham’s best friend in Congress Senator John McCain, who never wavered in his criticism of Trump up until he passed away last August as a result of brain cancer. Scarborough, a former GOP congressman himself, noted that Graham had flagging approval ratings in his state but now has one of the better approval ratings with the rank and file in the Republican Party in the state of South Carolina,” as a result of his support of Trump. “He basically sold his soul, political soul, sold his political soul for, you know, 20 percentage points inside his own Republican Party,” Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: Unlike John McCain, Lindsey Graham ‘Sold His Political Soul’ to Support Trump"

Joe Scarborough: Trump ‘Wants to Be Impeached So Badly’ and ‘Loves Playing the Victim’


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Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough simply explained his theory as to why President Donald Trump seems somewhat obsessed with impeachment. Or, as panelist John Heilemann asked: “is he trying to turn impeachment into a profanity?” or is this just simply stuck in his head? Scarborough answered plainly that Trump “wants to be impeached so badly.” After Mika Brzezinski chimed in with “and Nancy knows that” Scarborough explained further. “He wants to be impeached so badly so the Senate can then decide that he’s not going to be convicted, can acquit him, and he saw what happened with Bill Clinton whose presidency he looks at and studies an awful lot and he saw that Bill Clinton went up to 60% after he was impeached,” Scarborough offered. He then added that President Trump “knows he’s got no record to run on, So he wants to to be victimized,  as Nancy Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: Trump ‘Wants to Be Impeached So Badly’ and ‘Loves Playing the Victim’"

Rep. Katie Porter Rips Ben Carson: ‘Showed a Real Disrespect for Importance of His Job’


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Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) continued to express frustration with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s comments during an oversight hearing where he apparently confused a real estate term with Oreo cookies. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Wednesday, Porter told Mika Brzezinski who asked if “you had questions about foreclosures … is it fair to say the man who heads the department in charge of these issues has no idea what he is doing?” “It appeared to be that way,” Porter responded. During the hearing, Porter asked Carson about disparities in REOs — a term which stands for Real-Estate Owned. As Porter had to explain, REO refers to properties that have been foreclosed by banks or other lenders if owners can’t pay their mortgages. Carson initially thought she was speaking about Oreo cookies before guessing the term had to do with real estate. “My questions were serious, Continue reading "Rep. Katie Porter Rips Ben Carson: ‘Showed a Real Disrespect for Importance of His Job’"

Bill de Blasio Fires Back at Trump: He’s ‘Low Energy!’


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Hours after launching his 2020 campaign, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has already been dismissed as an afterthought by many in the political punditry. But while the mayor is being written off in many circles, he, clearly, has the attention of the man he’d eventually beat in order to win the White House. Appearing on Morning Joe, Friday, de Blasio crowed about the fact that President Donald Trump tweeted about his entry into the race, and then posted a video blasting him. “Con Don himself not only tweeted at me, he created his own video,” de Blasio cracked. “I was very impressed. The mayor went on to roast Trump — firing off a series of barbs. “There’s nothing about Donald Trump that surprises me, there’s nothing about him that intimidates me,” de Blasio said. “I look forward to fighting him head on. And you saw in that Continue reading "Bill de Blasio Fires Back at Trump: He’s ‘Low Energy!’"

MSNBC Legal Analyst: There is a ‘Good Chance’ Roe v Wade Will Be Overturned


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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said there is a “very good chance” Roe v. Wade will be overturned if challenged in the Supreme Court, after the Alabama Senate passing a near-total ban on abortion. “There is a very good chance if this makes it to the Supreme Court that Roe v. Wade will be overturned,” Cevallos said on Morning Joe Wednesday. “Because we have known since the ‘70s that Roe v. Wade stands on a weak foundational basis. Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, Roe v. Wade is really about, do we have an individual, fundamental — do women have a privacy right in the Constitution that overrides state legislatures’ abilities to make laws affecting abortion.” “The bottom line is, that even if you are pro-choice, the right to privacy does not exist, either in the history or the text of the Constitution, which is why Roe has always been Continue reading "MSNBC Legal Analyst: There is a ‘Good Chance’ Roe v Wade Will Be Overturned"

Morning Joe Obliterates DOJ ‘Clowns’ For Obamacare Reversal: AG Barr Has Been an ‘Unmitigated Disaster’


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Morning Joe absolutely shredded the Department of Justice — and namely, Attorney General William Barr — for reversing its position on Obamacare, now holding it as unconstitutional. Following an interview with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), the panel teed off on Barr for the sudden turnaround. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson suggested the about-face is all about placating President Donald Trump. “William Barr’s tenure as attorney general is going to be — so far it has been, I would say — a pretty unmitigated disaster,” Robinson said. “You know, with this new investigation of the Mueller investigation maybe, maybe he’s just nullifying Trump on that with the decision to go after the Affordable Care Act. That’s extraordinary. “Is this something that Barr actually believes? Is he again nullifying the President who wants to get rid of anything with President Obama’s name on it? It’s unclear. But it’s deeply disturbing, even if Continue reading "Morning Joe Obliterates DOJ ‘Clowns’ For Obamacare Reversal: AG Barr Has Been an ‘Unmitigated Disaster’"

WATCH: Morning Joe Airs Brutal Montage of Pence Speech on Faith Followed By Trump Talking Muslim Ban


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Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at Liberty University’s commencement over the weekend, during which he warned the assembled students of the Christian school that they would face persecution ahead in a society that considers it fashionable to bash people of faith, for which he faced criticism and social media backlash. When MSNBC’s Morning Joe covered the story on Monday, they used a montage to illustrate a point first made on Twitter by The Atlantic’s David Frum. Frum tweeted about the speech, and then retweeted his tweet with the comment: “Do you suppose Pence gets his own joke?” Host Joe Scarborough showed the tweet on screen, and then introduced the montage saying “here’s what Frum likely meant by that tweet.” The montage, above, interspersed clips of Pence’s speech with clips of Trump talking about Islam and the Muslim ban, and then Trump saying the word bullshit at Continue reading "WATCH: Morning Joe Airs Brutal Montage of Pence Speech on Faith Followed By Trump Talking Muslim Ban"

Joe Scarborough Credits Klobuchar for Town Hall: ‘There Are Persuadables That Watch Fox News’


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Democratic 2020 hopeful Amy Klobuchar got some praise from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Friday morning for her decision to do a Fox News Town Hall. “We were so glad you did a Fox News debate,”  Scarborough told Klobuchar on his show, adding that Democcats should not just preach “to the choir all the time.” He further lauded her willingness to branch out of coverage comfort zone. “It seems like Democrats have been uncomfortable going out and talking to people who may not agree with them 100% of the time,” Scarborough continued on. He then said that he loved the senator from Minnesota went on Fox News. “There are persuadables that watch Fox News,” he said. Klobuchar responded by saying reaching out across the aisle is the only way to govern. “I did it because that is how I have governed and how I have won my elections in a Continue reading "Joe Scarborough Credits Klobuchar for Town Hall: ‘There Are Persuadables That Watch Fox News’"

Joe Scarborough Blasts ‘Sycophant’ Conservative Media Defending AG Barr: ‘Really Embarrassing’


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[jw video ID=JF7ijLHv] Joe Scarborough lit into conservative media Friday morning for what he sees as behavior for which history will forever see as humiliating for columnists, writers and cable news figures who have shown sycophancy for the Trump administration, in particular, Attorney General William Barr. The Morning Joe co-host went off on his erstwhile ideologues during a segment pegged to the recent admission made by Rudy Giuliani to the NY Times about “meddling” into an investigation into Joe Biden’s son’s dealings with Ukraine. Scarborough said “Donald Trump has always had no respect for constitutional norms,” to which co-host Mika Brzezinski responded, “He plays very dirty.” Scarbrough then pivoted to the conservative media saying “all of these conservative writers that wanted to maintain their dignity thought they could do that by being ‘anti-anti Trump’ are now all going in on William Barr,” adding, “for instance, the Attorney General commits Continue reading "Joe Scarborough Blasts ‘Sycophant’ Conservative Media Defending AG Barr: ‘Really Embarrassing’"