Former Senator Al Franken Explains Why Ron Johnson is Clearly an Antifa Plant

Al Franken was, at one time, one of the most popular Democratic lawmakers in the country. Franken, though, stepped down from his position after being accused of sexual misconduct in January of 2019.

The former Minnesota senator now hosts a weekend political show on Sirius XM radio. But before he was a politician, Franken spent 15 years as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He put those comedy chops to good use on Tuesday in a take-down of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson. read more

Joe Scarborough Has Harsh Words for “Trump Terrorists”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough criticized Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) for downplaying the January 6 storming of the United States Capitol, which took place after former President Donald Trump urged his supporters to march on Congress in a bid to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The president’s supporters were egged on by the president’s claims of widespread election fraud, which has debunked by news outlets, government agencies, and independent observers alike.

Both Cruz and Hawley, who voted against certifying the results of an election that President Joe Biden won decisively, have faced significant criticism amid calls that they resign from Congress altogether. Neither man has walked back their claims. Graham also voted against certifying the results and has continued to push against impeaching and convicting the former president for inciting the insurrection against Congress.

“Listen, I’m a conservative. A lot of people didn’t like my views after 9/11. I don’t really care. I sort of agreed with [former Vice President] Dick Cheney with a 1% solution,” Scarborough said. “Your job if you are a leader is to stop another attack against this country. Right? Well, guess what? I’m that same guy in 2020. You come after us. You come after our Capitol. We’re going to come after you. And we sure as hell are not going to let you inside our Capitol. We sure as hell are not going to tell everybody, ‘Let’s just pretend this will go away.'”

Let’s just forget about it. That’s what Lindsey [Graham] wants us to do,” Scarborough went on. “He wants us to forget about the fact that people were bludgeoned in the head with an American flag because of Donald Trump. He wants us to forget that a cop was beaten to death and the reason why the cop killer beat the cop to death was because they were inspired by Donald Trump to do so.”

Scarborough then turned his attention to Cruz and Hawley.

“Ted Cruz wants us to forget because he led the sedition along with Josh Hawley [and Ted Cruz]. Forget? Forget? You’re out of your mind and you’re not a conservative. That’s how conservatives do not talk. We don’t forget. If you attack our country, we go after you. We jail you. We throw away the key. You come after our Capitol?”

He even found time to criticize Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) for their roles. Both senators had expressed concerns that holding an impeachment trial would only further divide the country.

“And you think,  Ron, it’s simply vindictive to see justice for the leader of the insurrection. Marco, you hide behind procedural safeguards? This is a procedure. We can’t go after it. No. No. Find a constitutional lawyer that supports justice and quote that judge, that justice,” he said.

This is what the Republicans in the Senate want you to forget,” Scarborough concluded. “This is what Rand Paul wants you to forget. This is what Ted Cruz wants you to forget. This is what Ron Johnson wants you to forget. And I say never, never forget. Just like I said after 9/11. Never forget that the Islamic terrorists came to our country and attacked us. And you know what? I said we needed to call them Islamic terrorists. You know why? Because they were Islamic terrorists. You know what these people are? They are Trump terrorists. Call them by their name.”

You can watch Scarborough in the video below.

Joe Scarborough calls the insurrectionists that Republicans are trying to make America forget Trump terrorists. pic.twitter.com/dhxFH4EkNF

— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 27, 2021 read more

Former GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough: Trump Is “The Greatest Threat to American Conservatism and the Church”

Joe Scarborough Moscow Mitch

A former Republican congressman turned TV host has criticized those supporting Donald Trump because of their conservative beliefs by dragging the President’s own credentials.

Joe Scarborough was a Florida congressman from 1995 to 2001, entering the House as part of Newt Gingrich’s majority during the presidency of Bill Clinton. He now co-hosts a morning show on MSNBC and has become a harsh critic of Trump.

Scarborough took to Twitter on Friday to address the phenomenon of conservatives writing op-eds with the spurious claim that the left is making them choose Trump.

“Some of the most entertaining reading this fall comes from formerly conservative friends justifying Trump,” he wrote.

Some of the most entertaining reading this fall comes from formerly conservative friends justifying Trump. Their “You’re-Making-Me-Vote-For-Trump” essays form a hilarious genre of work justifying the re-election of the greatest threat to American conservatism and the church. read more

Mitt Romney and the Washington Examiner Join Criticism of Trump’s Tweets about Joe Scarborough

Criticism of Donald Trump’s recent tweets continued to grow on Wednesday. The President has repeatedly accused a former congressman of involvement in a murder.

Trump has suggested MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is somehow responsible for the death of staffer Lori Klausutis. Republican Senator Mitt Romney believes he should drop the subject now,

“I know Joe Scarborough. Joe is a friend of mine,” Romney tweeted.

“I don’t know T.J. Klausutis. Joe can weather vile, baseless accusations but T.J.? His heart is breaking. Enough already.”

Also on Wednesday, conservative newspaper 

The Washington Examiner criticized Trump read more

Wall Street Journal: Trump’s Murder Allegations Against Scarborough Are “Ugly, Even For Him”

Trump forgets the name hydroxychloroquine

The reliably conservative Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board criticized President Donald Trump in an editorial this morning, calling his murder allegations against former congressman and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough “ugly even for him.”

“Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories — recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination — but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him,” the board wrote.

They continued: “Mr. Trump always hits back at critics, and Mr. Scarborough has called the President mentally ill, among other things. But suggesting that the talk-show host is implicated in the woman’s death isn’t political hardball. It’s a smear. Mr. Trump rightly denounces the lies spread about him in the Steele dossier, yet here he is trafficking in the same sort of trash.”

The board concludes that its editorial is not written with “any expectation that Mr. Trump will stop. Perhaps he even thinks this helps him politically, though we can’t imagine how. But Mr. Trump is debasing his office, and he’s hurting the country in doing so.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s condemnation comes after the president

falsely accused read more

Trump Falsely Accuses Joe Scarborough of Murder for the Second Day in a Row

Trump Tantrums

President Donald Trump has falsely accused former congressman and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough of murdering a staffer for the second day in a row.

Writing on Twitter, the president claimed Scarborough “is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case.”

The president’s tweet comes just 24 hours after he suggested that law enforcement “eventually will” catch up with Scarborough.

“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” he wrote, suggesting that the thought had crossed his mind even during the 2016 election cycle.

“So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?” he added.

The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus. In 2016 when Joe & his wacky future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, I would always be thinking…. read more

Despite Calls to “Cleanse the Trump Stain”, Twitter Refuses to Remove Tweets Accusing MSNBC Host of Murder

Twitter will not remove Donald Trump’s tweets accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder. Despite numerous calls to take action against the President’s false allegations, the company will do nothing.

President Trump has repeatedly pushed an unfounded claim that former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough is responsible for the death of an intern, Lori Klausutis.

Her widower, T.J. Klausutis, wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking him to do something about the President’s tweets. On Tuesday, the company confirmed it would not remove them.

“The President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain,” Klausutis wrote.

“There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this, I have struggled to move forward with my life.”

T.J. Klausutis to @Jack: "The President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him — the memory of my dead wife — and perverted it for perceived political gain." He wants Twitter to delete Trump's tweets accusing @JoeNBC of murder https://t.co/aCqCLgXOAJ read more

Trump: “Law Enforcement Eventually Will” Catch Up with Joe Scarborough Over Baseless Murder Conspiracy

President Donald Trump continues to share a conspiracy theory that former Congressman and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough murdered a former staffer.

Earlier this morning, the president suggested that law enforcement “eventually will” catch up with Scarborough.

“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” he wrote, suggesting that the thought had crossed his mind even during the 2016 election cycle.

“So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?” he added.

The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus. In 2016 when Joe & his wacky future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, I would always be thinking…. read more

Conservative S.E. Cupp Calls Trump “Obsessive” and “Delusional” over Obamagate Tweets

Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp thinks the President is not well because of his embrace of the “Obamagate” conspiracy theory. She wondered why anybody would vote for him.

“This is obsessive, delusional, unhealthy behavior. He’s fixated on something that is not real,” Cupp said.

“The President is not well,” she said.

“Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor our fallen soldiers. It’s a time to think about the men and women who died fighting for our freedom,” Cupp said in a later tweet.

“It’s a time to be grateful and humble. But our president is not well…so he’s doing this.”

Both of Cupp’s tweets shared the President’s tweet, which was just the word “OBAMAGATE!”

Cupp, who’s been described as a “mainstream conservative”, also took issue with

Trump’s repeated suggestions that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough committed murder. read more

Fox News’ Brit Hume: Trump Golfing Is Better Than ‘Tweeting Crap’ Like Murder Accusations

Fox News’ Brit Hume thinks Donald Trump should definitely be golfing rather than sending tweets. He highlighted the President’s recent unfounded allegations against an MSNBC personality.

President Trump has revived false claims about Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and the death of an intern when he was a congressman. Hume was not pleased by Trump’s tweets.

“A blow to her head? Body found under his desk?” Trump tweeted on Sunday.

“Left Congress suddenly? Big topic of discussion in Florida…and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings). Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!”

Hume complained of “30K retweets for this discredited tale, based on a three-year old post from some wing-ding website.”

30K retweets for this discredited tale, based on a three-year old post from some wing-ding website. This is why even his critics should want DJT to play a lot of golf, because when he does, he’s not tweeting crap like this. https://t.co/WrHNJnlBU6 read more

MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski Calls Trump a “Cruel, Sick, Disgusting Person” for Accusing Her Husband of Murder

Mika Brzezinski slammed Donald Trump on Wednesday for his repeated suggestions that her husband is a murderer. The MSNBC personality addressed the President on live TV.

Brzezinski is a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe  along with her husband, Joe Scarborough. Trump has recently revived the unfounded claim that Scarborough was involved in the death of an intern who worked for him when he was a congressman.

Trump brought the issue up again on Wednesday in a tweet calling Scarborough “Psycho Joe”.

“He’s tweeting again all sorts of crazy things,” Brzezinski said during the live broadcast.

“Once again tweeting conspiracy theories about Joe, falsely accusing him of murder, talking about a death of a young staffer in his congressional office years ago, and calling him dangerous to walk the streets.”

Watch the video:

Mika goes in on Trump after he again accuses Joe Scarborough of murder: "I'll just take a point of personal privilege here, that's sick. Donald you're a sick person. … You're really a cruel, sick, disgusting person." pic.twitter.com/iqyX9xXKHu read more

Trump Revives Conspiracy Theory Suggesting Joe Scarborough Committed Murder, Demands Investigation

Trump Tantrums

President Donald Trump has for the second time in as many weeks attacked MSNBC commentator and former congressman Joe Scarborough, suggesting he committed murder and demanding an investigation.

“When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder?” the president wrote on Twitter. “Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!”

When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job! read more

Trump Suggests Comcast Should Investigate Joe Scarborough, Revives Murder Conspiracy Theory

President Donald Trump revived an old conspiracy theory, suggesting Comcast––which he referred to as “Concast”––should investigate MSNBC commentator and former congressman Joe Scarborough for murder.

“‘Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,” the president said. “I know him and Crazy Mika [Brzezinski] well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is “nuts”. Besides, bad ratings!”

“Concast” should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough. I know him and Crazy Mika well, used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is “nuts”. Besides, bad ratings! #OPENJOECOLDCASE read more

Trump Claiming He Knew Pandemic Was Coming Is Actually Worse — It’s ‘Malpractice’ If True, MSNBC Host Says

President Donald Trump recently shifted gears and said earlier this week that he always knew a coronavirus pandemic was on its way. But while that may be a CYA move by the president in a blatant attempt to make it seem like he’s not failing when it comes to responding to the CODIV-19 outbreak, others noted that it’s, at best, a sign of negligence.

“This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” Trump said on Tuesday.

That contradicted a number of statements he made in the past, however — including calling previous complaints about his slow response to the disease a “hoax,” and claiming the number of individuals infected with coronavirus would be “close to zero” within a “couple of days” in late February.

But according to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski, even if we suspend all logic and go with what Trump is saying here, it’s indicative of poor planning and management by the president.

“The president said he knew it was coming. It’s almost worse when you look at it that way,” Brzezinski said on Thursday morning. “That’s just malpractice. You know something like this is coming, and you do nothing. That’s what he’s telling the American people. He did nothing from the get-go.”

Her husband and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough also complained about Trump’s recent claims, adding that, if he really knew this was coming, why was the president so ill-prepared to do something about it — and why is his administration still failing to test people for coronavirus?

2,000+ new cases today. Total U.S. coronavirus tally at the end of each Wednesday:
• Jan 15 — 0
• Jan 22 — 1
• Jan 29 — 5
• Feb 5 — 12
• Feb 12 — 14
• Feb 19 — 25
• Feb 26 — 60
• Mar 4 — 160
• Mar 11 — 1,262
• Mar 18 — 8,264https://t.co/74QzWYbn1p read more

Opinion: Beware of Anti-Trump Republican Apostates Claiming Conservatism Isn’t Racist

Defending conservativism against charges it is an inherently racist ideology has become de rigeur among not just that sector of Republicans that has for some time sought to distinguish and distance themselves from Trump but also among more recent apostates jumping the sinking Trumpist GOP Titanic.

As Trump’s overt racism threatens to expose, or indeed has exposed, the ugly ideological core of a Republican Party that has long sought to play upon white voters’ racial anxieties and suppress the Black vote, not to mention challenging civil rights at every turn possible, of late the drumbeat has been louder in the efforts to rescue conservatism from its associations with racism.

The tactic seems to be to return the political rhetoric of Republican conservatism to the dog-whistle racism encoded in terms like “small government,” “states’ rights,” “tax cuts,” and “fiscal responsibility.”

Former congressman Joe Walsh’s recent appearance on Morning Joe exemplifies this seemingly orchestrated initiative.  Walsh rode the Tea Party wave into the House of Representatives back in 2010, campaigning with a fulsome devotion to anti-Obama birtherism and an unapologetic anti-Muslim ideology. He ardently supported Trump in 2016.

Now, of course, he has thrown his hat in the ring as a challenger to Trump in a Republican presidential primary.

Host Joe Scarborough guided Walsh through his ritualistic mea culpa, giving him the opportunity to apologize and reject his racist past and his support for Trump, to let us know he has grown. Indeed, it is precisely because he has grown, that he is seeking to right his wrongs by seeking to oust Trump.

Once it became clear Walsh had seen the error of his ways, he and Scarborough bonded over what attracted them to conservatism and Republican politics. They talked about the need for small government and fiscal responsibility, complaining about Trump’s exploding deficits and out-of-control spending.

The gymnastic rhetorical exorcism was complete. Republican politics and traditional conservatism were dispossessed of Trump—head-spinning, vomit, scary voices, and all.  That old Joe Walsh who used to pee on the carpet was gone, and real pre-Trump Republicanism was back in business.

He could now join the ranks of anti-Trump Republican apostates like MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, former communications director during the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney regime. Wallace claims she didn’t leave the party; the party left her by changing its core platforms, saying “This Republican Party is unrecognizable to me . . . I’m not embarrassed to share a political party with John McCain or the 41st president or 43rd president.”  Her show is also known to parade other disaffected Republicans such as David Frum, Steve Schmitt, and Charlie Sykes.

The message is the same: The conservative politics of the Republican Party and its long tradition are wholesome enough and not at all racist; it was just Trump who brought racism to the party.

In a recent column in Time titled “My Fellow Republicans Must Stand Against the Alt-Right Virus Infecting America,” David French danced a similar pattern, arguing that while the white nationalist has been thrilled by and attracted to, perhaps even enabled by, Trump’s rhetoric, that movement is separate both from Republican conservative politics and even, he argues, from Trump. Focusing on Trump, he argues, is too narrow and won’t address the real problem plaguing America, which is white nationalism. Indeed, French went even a step further than Walsh, refusing even to throw Trump under the bus. The real problem is that white nationalism has infected America, and the GOP is the victim of this same infection.

He puts a point on this argument, writing, “To be clear, the vast majority of conservative or right-leaning Americans are not racist, hate racism, and utterly reject the ideology and language of white nationalism.”

Timothy P. Carney, in a recent opinion piece in The Washington Examiner titled “It’s time to create a conservative ecosystem that doesn’t welcome racists,” opens with a similar position, arguing that Republicans aren’t racist but for some reason racists have been attracted to the party: Liberal commentators will always say conservatives are just a bunch of racists. This is a lie. But conservatives need to do a better job convincing the racists that it’s a lie.”

Republicans, he says, need to start running more candidates of color to scare racists away.

But is racism really absent from the core of conservative politics?

Consider the recent bombshell reporting on the newly-released tape of Ronald Reagan’s conversation with Richard Nixon, in which Reagan referred to African diplomats as “monkeys,” begins to make this point clear. Reagan doesn’t sound all that different from Trump, when he tells Nixon, ““Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television, as I did, to see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them — they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”  And Nixon laughs.

The only difference between Trump and Reagan here is that Reagan thinks nobody will hear the conversation, so his hateful racist attitudes can inform Republican policies in coded and unrecognized ways.

And let’s remember exactly how Republican operative Lee Atwater described the Southern Strategy he crafted to get Nixon elected in 1968 and, really, move to consolidate Republican dominance in the South moving forward to the present.

Here’s how Atwater characterized the strategy in a 1981 interview, laying bare its racist underpinnings:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “[N-word], [n-word], [n-word].” By 1968 you can’t say “[n-word]”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “N-word], [n-word].”  (parenthetical substitutions of “n-word” are mine.)

The exorcism, it seems, cannot be complete without dismantling the GOP and conservative ideology down its fundamental DNA.

Racism is the foundation of conservatism in the United States.

Beyond Disowning Trump, GOP Apostates Must Be Accountable for History of Exploiting Political Offices at People’s Expense

Joe Scarborough, former Republican but still self-proclaimed conservative host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, has hoisted himself into media and political limelights of late with his popularizing of the moniker “Moscow Mitch” for senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has refused to bring to the senate floor for a vote a bill to fund measures to protect U.S. elections from Russian interference.

Certainly, Scarborough has positioned himself as an anti-Trump crusader, critical of both Trump and a sycophantically compliant GOP. He, in fact, publicly announced his departure from the Republican Party on Stephen Colbert’s show in October 2017.

Scarborough stands with other disaffected Republicans, such as former Florida representative David Jolly, who formally left the party, and talk show host and former member of George W. Bush’s administration Nicolle Wallace.

Wallace claims she didn’t leave the party; the party left her by changing its core platforms, saying “This Republican Party is unrecognizable to me . . . I’m not embarrassed to share a political party with John McCain or the 41st president or 43rd president.”  Her show is also known to parade other disaffected Republicans such as David Frum, Steve Schmitt, and Charlie Sykes.

There is always something unsettling about these figures’ somewhat holier-than-thou turning on the GOP, disavowing its current politics and form as though they represent a sharp break, an incongruous discontinuity with the respectable and dignified GOP with which they reverently identified.  This stance of moral indignation at Trump’s cruelty, hate, and flagrant celebrations of racism and sexism, just doesn’t sit right.

It’s not just insufficient; it’s dangerously deceptive, erasing the Republican Party’s complicity in producing Trump and in promoting the divisive, repressive, self-serving, and hostile politics characteristic of the current White House.

This week’s bombshell reporting on the newly-released tape of Ronald Reagan’s conversation with Richard Nixon, in which Reagan referred to African diplomats as “monkeys,” begins to make this point clear. Reagan doesn’t sound all that different from Trump, when he tells Nixon, ““Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television, as I did, to see those, those monkeys from those African countries — damn them — they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!”  And Nixon laughs.

The only difference between Trump and Reagan here is that Reagan thinks nobody will hear the conversation, so his hateful racist attitudes can inform Republican policies in coded and unrecognized ways.

This m.o. is, of course, the playbook of the infamous Southern Strategy, which has been insufficiently addressed and recalled by media pundits. Michael Tomasky is one of the few, penning a piece about how the Southern Strategy has returned “with a vengeance.” And Maya Wiley, in a recent segment on Hardball, invoked it to point out that Trump, even in violating the code of the Southern Strategy, represents a continuity with past Republican politics:

“So all we`re really seeing here is a continuation.  Donald Trump blew up the southern strategy when he ran for president.  Remember, the southern strategy, which Richard Nixon perfected, which was sort of wink, wink, nod, nod, we`ll use coded language, but we`ll be very polite because we don`t think racism is okay to say aloud.  So we`ll wink and we`ll nod.  He threw the wink and the nod out already in 2016.”

But we aren’t getting enough analysis of and emphasis on this linkage between past and present when it comes to demanding accountability from these now self-satisfied, even self-righteous, disaffected Republicans lamenting the loss of their dear GOP.

Let’s remember exactly how Republican operative Lee Atwater described the Southern Strategy he crafted to get Nixon elected in 1968 and, really, move to consolidate Republican dominance in the South moving forward to the present, aiding and abetting the likes of Scarborough.

Here’s how Atwater characterized the strategy in a 1981 interview, laying bare its racist underpinnings:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “[N-word], [n-word], [n-word].” By 1968 you can’t say “[n-word]”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “N-word], [n-word].”  (parenthetical substitutions of “n-word” are mine.)

So what did Republicans like Scarborough support? What did the George W. Bush administration, for whom Wallace served as a Communications Director, support?  They supported vigorously positions that defended states’ rights and tax cuts—the codes for defending racist policies. States’ rights, of course, are about allowing states to skirt federal enforcement particularly around civil rights issues, enabling local governments to be as racist as they like. And Atwater neatly explained the racist dimensions of tax cuts.  Scarborough was a member of the New Federalists that advocated for states’ rights, and he had been recognized by the conservative organization Americans for Tax Reform for his support for cutting taxes.

And anyone who has seen Adam McKay’s Vice, a biting satirical “documentary” of Dick Cheney’s rise to power, or Rachel Maddow’s more serious Why We Did it, documenting the complicity of the Bush administration and oil corporations in deceiving the American people to sell the invasion of Iraq, can certainly see good reason to believe that the administration in which Nicolle Wallace participated is not different from Trump’s in the way it abused the Presidency for personal enrichment or to serve the enrichment of a good old boys corporate network at the expense of the American people.

Without accountability for this past and how it has created our present, we can’t move forward in a new direction by fully recognizing the mistakes off the past.

We can’t be fooled that restoring a GOP establishment is any less racist or harmful to the people than Trump.

We might ask Wallace, given the Southern Strategy and the corporate-sponsored Iraq war, if Trump’s GOP is really so unrecognizable.