MSNBC's growth has exploded since 2015 as they increased viewership by 160%, which is more than Fox News and CNN combined.
It’s a huge deal—people standing up a declaring they want a voice at the table in their workplace, to participate in making decisions about their lives.
Donald Trump, thankfully is out of office. And some may have hoped the the COVID situation would get better with him gone. Except it hasn’t gotten better at all.
Governors in red states had tried their best to emulate Trump by fighting any kind of COVID mitigation. And Ron DeSantis has fought harder than any others. This has resulted in Florida becoming the epicenter of COVID-19.
Howard Dean, once the governor of Vermont doesn’t much care for DeSantis. In fact, he says the Florida governor is even more insane that Donald Trump.
Dean made the comments during a Friday appearance on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show. He told the host:
“Well, I am shocked by DeSantis. I never thought I would say this but I think he may be more of a lunatic than Trump ever was. Trump finally come around thinking the best thing he can do for his supporters is get them vaccinated. And DeSantis is completely out of touch with reality. I am not sure what he could possibly be thinking now when you got more than half the population that’s in school districts refusing to comply, long before the court said it was okay, more than half of the people in Florida’s school districts said no. We don’t care, shut up and go away. This guy is not – if you are the governor, you can’t do that.”
For decades, Florida was the ultimate swing state. It regularly alternated from Red to Blue. And the presidential candidate who won Florida typically won the presidency.
The state, though, has become increasingly red. Democrats still managed to win the White House in 2020 losing Florida because Joe Biden won big in the mid-West.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Democrats wouldn’t like to win in Florida again. And pollster Fernand Amandi thinks that Ron DeSantis’ horrible COVID performance has opened the door for them to do so.
Amandi made the comments while speaking with MSNBC’s Jason Johnson on Tuesday. “Things are looking really bad for him,” he said. “I think you just touched on it. The biggest story in Florida is this notion that Emperor DeSantis has no clothes.”
The Game Has Changed: Watch Florida Pollster Explain Why DeSantis' COVID Failure Could Open the Door For Dems in the State pic.twitter.com/dRXjP6rY2I
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 25, 2021
Despite the city of Cullman, Alabama declaring a state of emergency just days before, Donald Trump held a rally there last night. And the adoring crowd hung on his every word. The only time they jeered him was when he encouraged them to get vaccinated.
It is, of course, unprecedented for a former president to be campaigning just months after losing office. And it’s even stranger when the former POTUS does so in such a flagrantly dangerous way. Mary Trump discussed the matter on MSNBC on Sunday.
Host Alex Witt asked, “
Give me your assessment of your uncle holding this event in the first place at a time when Alabama has run out of ICU capacity and having that exchange with the crowd there.”
Joe Biden recently ended America’s involvement in Afghanistan. And for a number of reasons, many of them not his fault, he is having a difficult time.
Ron DeSantis couldn’t be happier about cable news spending much of its airtime on Afghanistan. The Florida governor is getting a pass on the fact that the COVID surge in his state is getting worse, not better.
The MSNBC host began by mocking Republican’s claims that their freedoms are being infringed upon. “You know, Pee Wee football has a requirement that you put something much heavier than a mask on your head and shoulders. Little league baseball requires that anyone older than 6 wear a cup. There are a lot of things more invasive than a mask that people are required to do and you don’t see them physically and verbally abusing other parents at school board meetings.”
It's The Biggest Scandal in the Country Right Now: Watch Nicolle Wallace Slam Ron DeSantis for his Bumbling COVID-19 Response. pic.twitter.com/uiodo7I1B3
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa)
August 20, 2021
Greg Abbott has instituted plenty of policies that make it harder for Texans to stay safe from COVID. As a result, the state is currently seeing yet another surge of the deadly disease.
Abbott, though, has made it very easy for himself to stay safe from COVID. The Texas governor has not only been vaccinated against the disease, he’s even received a 3rd booster shot. And in announcing that he had COVID, Abbott announced that he will be treated the the expensive drug Regeneron.
During a Tuesday appearance on Joy Reid’s show, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro ripped into Abbott. He told the host:
“It’s absolutely maddening, Joy. It’s the height of hypocrisy. You put out the stats there. Texas right now has one of the worst COVID-19 situations. Only 314 ICU beds are left in a state of 29 million people. More pediatric cases of COVID, I think, right now than any other state, or right around the same amount as Florida.”
Conservative media had a rapid pivot when it came to the events in Afghanistan yesterday. During the afternoon, Fox hosts wondered how Joe Biden could treat our allies in Afghanistan so poorly.
But during the prime time hours, Fox’s chief racists, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham began to hammer away at the incoming refugees. Ingraham wondered why we owe the people of Afghanistan anything at all. Tucker Carlson told his viewers that Afghani’s would soon be invading their neighborhoods.
Nicolle Wallace ripped into the duo, saying,
“We’ve witnessed just in the last few days a litany of unforgettable history bound for the history books. Thousand of Afghans trying to flee their country, fear for their lives. Heartbreaking scenes like this led to calls of members of both political parties for the U.S. To provide asylum for Afghans. Some members of the right wing media including some of the same people who downplay or outright defend the white nationalists and domestic violent extremists who attacked the capitol January 6th are using this moment to spread misinformation and engage in what can only be described as racist fear mongering.”
Nicolle Wallace blasts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham for their racist fearmongering over Afghani refugees pic.twitter.com/2cDn5k6znP
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 18, 2021
Ron DeSantis doesn’t seem to care much about what happens in Florida right now. The state is in crisis mode thanks to the Delta variant of COVID-19. But the state’s governor seems more interested in fighting culture wars than combating the virus.
One would think that DeSantis is doing so because he thinks that’s the best way to become the 2024 GOP candidate. But if things continue to get worse in Florida, and they will, DeSantis will have plenty of egg on his face.
During a recent interview with Ari Melber, Howard Dean said it won’t be long before Republicans start coming out against DeSantis. And if Marco Rubio is one of them, the former DNC chairman says, it could end the Florida’s governors chances.
Dean began, “
He’s totally unfit to govern in any way, and he’s an embarrassment to every governor, I mean every governor, both Republicans and Democrats. A guy like this should never be in public authority. The good news here for the people of Florida is that people are beginning to stand up to this. In the last 24 hours, there are a number of large school districts that have ignored DeSantis’ crazy order. DeSantis is doing this to position himself to run for president with the MAGA people, but what he doesn’t realize and he’s a smart guy.”
The Delta variant is raging in Florida. And the state is nearly setting daily records for cases of COVID-19. One might never know how bad it is, though, if they paid attention to governor Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis has frequently given himself a pat on the back for his performance during the pandemic. Right now, however, the state has become the epicenter for the virus.
The governor doesn’t seem to care. Today was the first day of school for many Florida students. And DeSantis seems more concerned about keeping masks off their faces than keeping them safe from COVID.
Rick Wilson tore into the Florida governor today during an appearance on MSNBC. The former Republican strategist told Joy Reid:
“I just saw his schedule for tomorrow, no calls with the Department of Health or C.D.C. or hospitals or no calls with county health officials — nothing! He is doing a Ron DeSantis love me tour in the state of Florida. I think it is possible he doesn’t give a damn and doesn’t care.”
In an appearance on MSNBC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, said he supports vaccine mandates for teachers, arguing that local governments should be supported in their efforts to mandate that teachers be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“I’m going to upset people on this but I think we should [mandate teacher vaccinations],” Fauci said. “I mean, we are in a critical situation now. We have had 615,000 deaths and we are in a major surge now as we’re going into the fall, into the school season. This is very serious business.”
“You would wish that people would see why it’s so important for people to get vaccinated,” Fauci added. “But you’re not going to get mandates, centrally, from the federal government. I’m sorry I know people must like to have their individual freedom and not be told to do something. But I think that we’re in such a serious situation now, that under certain circumstances, mandates should be done.”
You can watch his appearance in the video below.
MSNBC's @WillieGeist: "Do you think teachers should be mandated to be vaccinated?"
Dr. Fauci: "I'm going to upset people on this but I think we should … We are in a major surge now as we're going into the fall, into the school season. This is very serious business." pic.twitter.com/valF0YJKoS
Scarborough’s logic is exactly that which also enables the anti-vaccination movement and, frankly, movements to undermine democracy.
The Delta variant of COVID-19 is reacting much differently than the original version of the disease did. It appears to be much more contagious and children seem to be more seriously affected.
Still, the Republican governors who are making it harder for people to get vaccinated. And people like Ron DeSantis are saying that they are doing it to protect children and allow parents the freedom of choice. During a Thursday segment, Nicolle Wallace noted that these people will be responsible if kids aren’t back in school this fall.
Real Clear Politics A.B. Stoddard noted, “And that, politically, this White House is — this administration and the Democratic Party, I think, is going to get pummeled if we end up in a situation where people are back mostly online and Republicans are blaming the Biden administration for the state of mental decline of the nation’s children. So if they will continue to make political war on that no matter what, even though it looks like the Delta variant is much more dangerous for children than what we were dealing with last year.”
Nicolle Wallace says if kids aren't in school in the fall, it will be because of anti-vaxxers and Republican governors. pic.twitter.com/k4GkSpxIuu
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 5, 2021
Donald Trump is currently ensnared in so many different legal entanglements that it’s becoming hard to keep track. But at the center of nearly everything is his tax returns.
Unlike every other presidential candidate in modern history, Trump refused to reveal his tax returns. While he claimed that he couldn’t do so until he wasn’t under audit, the IRS said that was nonsense.
And since then, Trump has fiercely tried to keep the documents from being revealed. But now, the tax returns will soon be in the hands of congressional investigators. While Trump’s lawyers have promised to challenge the decision, they have an uphill battle.
Neal Katyal discussed the situation during a recent appearance on Nicolle Wallace’s MSNBC show. The former White House lawyer told the host:
“It looks like we find a draft that Donald Trump could not duck. This is not hard. Donald Trump is worried of his investigators that the investigation is a political attack on him. There is no exception in the law because Donald Trump feels like a victim. That’s not a thing in the law.”
Republicans largely said the right thing following the events of the January 6th insurrection. They called fr the people who participated in the riots to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Those same GOP lawmakers, though, have kind of softened their stance since the event, especially when it comes to supporting Capitol police officers. A number of Republicans refused to meet with cops who wanted to talk about what happened that day. And they’ve said nothing as Conservative media has attacked these brave officers.
Nicolle Wallace discussed the GOP response during her Tuesday show. The host began, “I
’m grappling to find family-friendly words, since it’s 4 p.m. in the east, 1 p.m. in the west, but these men, mostly in the Republican party, you know, have whored themselves out to a delusion.
The Southern region of the United States largely votes for Republican politicians. And with the GOP now being the party of Trump, those lawmakers are fine with putting their constituents in danger to spare the former president’s feelings.
So those governors have turned the pandemic into a culture war issue rather than a health concern. And according to Dr. Peter Hotez, that has set up the South the be a COVID powder keg.
The doctor told host Jonathan Capehart:
“We are seeing a very worrisome surge across the southern states, and it’s going in a giant shape of a “U” starting in Missouri, down to Arkansas, Louisiana, cutting across east into Florida and then going up into the Carolinas. And it has a different flavor from the surge that we saw last summer. It’s true that we have a lot more older Americans who are vaccinated, so the deaths are nothing like what we saw before. But what we’re seeing in its place is lots and lots of young people getting sick. And lots of hospitalizations for young people. We’re even starting to see now pediatric intensive care unit admissions. I don’t think this virus is selectively targeting kids, I just think pretty much anyone that’s not vaccinated is getting swept up in this. And the big worry is in August here in the south, schools start early. They start earlier than they do up in the north. And I think this is really going to act as an accelerant for this epidemic. What I’m holding my breath about, given the fact that except for Louisiana we don’t have mask mandates, we certainly don’t have vaccination mandates for COVID vaccines, we have fewer than 20% of adolescents vaccinated in most southern states, this is a powder keg.”
It has been pretty obvious, over the past few weeks, that the GOP has no interest in looking into the events of January 6th. Rather than taking a congressional panel seriously, Kevin McCarthy tried to make a sideshow of it by putting Trump sycophants like Jim Banks and Jim Jordan on it.
The Republicans know that this hearing is going to make them look terrible. And the attacks on the police officers testifying have already begun. Last week, Tucker Carlson painted officer Harry Dunn as a radical socialist who doesn’t represent real police officers.
Nicolle Wallace discussed the upcoming panel during her Monday show. “These were not victimless crimes,” she said. The crime of lying about the insurrection left the law enforcement officials who the political affiliation was not known to anyone, still really isn’t. The trauma that was done to them happened on live TV. We all saw it with our own eyes. For Republicans to have denied their heroics, to have denied the brutality to have denied the gruesome nature of their beatings at the hands of Donald Trump supporters, is almost a crime on top of a crime.”
For months now, Republicans have been making Dr. Anthony Fauci the fall guy for COVID-19. The person responsible for the country’s horrible response, of course, was Donald Trump. But GOP lawmakers are willing to do basically anything to shield the former president from criticism.
Yesterday, though, Fauci had enough of Senator Rand Paul’s grandstanding leading to a viral exchange. Fauci discussed that moment with MSNBC‘s Ari Melber on Wednesday night.
The host asked, “We saw your clash with Senator Paul. For those of us who covered you and listened to you, a major contrast to most of your public speaking. What was so important or concerning to you about that? Do you think people listened to what Dr. Rand Paul or what Tucker Carlson was saying and act on it, they may be increasing their risk of getting COVID or getting hurt.”
“You know, I don’t any take great pleasure, Ari, in clashing with the senator. I have a great deal of respect for the institution of the Senate of the United States. But he was completely out of line. He totally distorted reality. And he made some inflammatory and I believe slanderous remarks about lying under oath, which is completely nonsense. I mean, and some of the things he says are so distorted and out of tune with reality, I had to call him on that. I didn’t enjoy it, but I had to do that because he was completely out of line. Totally inappropriate.”
Most major networks are no longer interested in having Mike Lindell appear as a guest anymore. Even Fox News, where the pillow magnate ran commercials for years has seeming cut Lindell off.
During a recent appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast, the pillow guy ripped into his former favorite network. Lindell even agreed when Bannon suggested that Conservatives should no longer watch Fox and tune into MSNBC instead.
Bannon, who ran Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign, told his podcast listeners, “Watch MSNBC. Watch Chris Hayes or Rachel Maddow. They get better coverage… they get better coverage every day.”
Lindell responded, “Way better than Fox.” Bannon then continued, “They are blowing us up, and they hate you and the audience, but they’re still doing real coverage.”
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 17, 2021
There have been a number of tell all books recently released about Donald Trump‘s last days in office. And all of these books make the former president look pretty terrible.
If it is possible, though they make Rudy Giuliani look even worse. The former New York City Mayor not only bungled Trump’s election fight, but he was also reportedly drunk at all times. In fact, Michael Wolff says, the White House staff worried that he would break priceless china.
Host Andrea Mitchell asked the Trump biographer, “When you write that Rudy Giuliani was telling the president that he won, what was happening there? Who was the president listening to? Why did he think he had won the election?”
Wolff responded, “Well, one of the — I was going to say amusing or perhaps horrifying details is that when Rudy was trying to make his case and he was first — and he was sort of on the phone with the president and making the case to anyone he could — he was pulled aside by some of Trump’s key aides and he was pulled aside into at the White House, the china room.”
The author continued, “And at that moment, Rudy was incredibly drunk, weaving this way and that way,” he continued, “And the china, those place settings from every president are very valuable and Trump’s aides were obviously, or rightfully concerned about what Giuliani was saying to the president about the election, and giving him this misinformation. But they were also concerned that he was going to break the china.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of the Fox News network:
Michael Wolff says Rudy Giuliani was so drunk on election night that Trump aides were concerned he was going to break priceless White House china. pic.twitter.com/H0iuMRlyeb
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa)
July 16, 2021