On AM Joy on Saturday morning, MSNBC host Joy Reid and frequent guest Malcolm Nance had a hard time containing their laughter as pro-Trump, ex-CIA analyst Fred Fleitz went to into full crazy mode to defend Donald Trump Jr.’s secret meeting with the Russians.
Unable to defend the content of the actual meeting, Fleitz just repeatedly held up funny pictures of Rob Goldstone, the man who arranged the meeting between a Kremlin-linked lawyer and Donald Trump Jr.
When Fleitz said, “Here he is posing as a pirate. … The Russian government would never have used this guy or entrusted him with a sensitive intelligence operation. That simply didn’t happen.”
Luckily, Nance was quick to shut him down this nonsensical argument:
I’m going to give Fred an assist here. He’s right: Rob Goldstone isn’t the kind of person that they would use as an asset. He is not the player in this game. He’s merely a communications conduit. What they would be using him for is to send an email to Donald Trump Jr., doing exactly what they wanted done at his bidding. … [Fleitz] should know, coming from the agency side, if you’re going to dangle intelligence out to somebody … you’re going to do it this way. … The Trump people were the fish who were jumping at that bait, and they jumped at it hard. They wanted it. They went to that meeting. They went there with the intent to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton knowing it came from the government of Russia. They are now culpable for everything they have done. This actually meets the standard of conspiracy. … Anybody who thinks Rob Goldstone is the main character, you’re wrong.
The facts surrounding this particular meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort and several Russians are clear, and it’s obvious that Fleitz and others trying to provide cover for Trump are running out of ways to defend the White House.
Showing funny pictures of the guy who arranged the meeting instead of focusing on the content of the meeting – which was for the Trump campaign to get dirt from the Russian government on Hillary Clinton – shows exactly how desperate the pro-Trump world is.
Still, Fleitz wasn’t convinced by the fact-based argument put forward by Nance and continued to spew nonsense and downplay the Trump team’s collusion with Russa.
With a straight face, Fleitz said: “I think he was looking for opposition information but I don’t think anybody in this meeting thought that the Russian government was trying to help Mr. Trump win the presidency.”
Not only is that false – as the emails showed, Trump Jr. knew the so-called damaging Clinton info was coming from the Russian government in order to help his father’s campaign – but it’s simply laughable.
Which, of course, is why Joy Reid and Malcolm Nance ended the interview in the only way one could: by laughing.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.
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