WATCH: Howard Dean: Ron DeSantis is Even More Insane Than Trump

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. read more

It’s The Biggest Scandal in the Country Right Now: Watch Nicolle Wallace Slam Ron DeSantis for his Bumbling COVID-19 Response

Nicolle Wallace on Deadline: White House

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. read more

He’s Doing Everything to Make Sure He’s Ok: Julian Castro Blasts Greg Abbott For Using COVID Medicine Not Available To All Texans

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. read more

Nicolle Wallace Blasts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham for Their Racist Fearmongering Segments About Afghani Refugees

Nicolle Wallace Takes Down McConnell and McCarthy

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. read more

Nicolle Wallace: If Kids Aren’t In School in the Fall It’s Because of Anti-Vaxxers and Republican Governors

Nicolle Wallace on Deadline: White House

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

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WATCH: Neal Katyal Roasts Trump on Tax Return Decision, “He Finally Found a Draft He Couldn’t Dodge”

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.” read more

Nicolle Wallace: GOP Men Have “Whored Themselves Out to Delusion” About What Happened on January 6th

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. read more

WATCH: MSNBC Doctors Explain How Southern GOP Governors Have Turned The South Into a COVID ‘Powderkeg’

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.”

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Nicolle Wallace: The Horrible and Disgraceful Way the GOP Has Treated Capitol Police Officers Will Be on Display Tomorrow [VIDEO]

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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.”

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WATCH: Dr. Fauci Rips Into Slanderous and Inflammatory GOP Senator Rand Paul

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 PaulFor 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.”

Fauci responded:

“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.” read more

WATCH: Mike Lindell and Steve Bannon Encourage Republicans to Watch MSNBC Instead of Fox News

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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.”

Steve Bannon and Mike Lindell say to watch @MSNBC because they have better coverage than @FoxNews. pic.twitter.com/4v4UZWY2pq

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WATCH: 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

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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

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Frank Figliuzzi: I Don’t Think Tucker Carlson’s Whistleblower Exists, But if They Do, They’re Getting Arrested [Video]

Tucker Carlson has always been one of the more extreme anchors on Fox News. But since Donald Trump lost the election, he’s gone even further off the deep end. Whether is has to deal with white supremacy or COVID-19, no conspiracy theory has been out of bounds for the personality.

In the last few weeks, Carlson has been claiming that he is being spied on by the NSA. And in a recent segment, he claimed that it has something to do with his attempts to interview Vladimir Putin.

During a recent appearance on MSNBC, Frank Figliuzzi said that the Fox host is playing a dangerous game. And the former FBI agent said that Carlson may even get his whistleblower arrested.

First, Figliuzzi said that he’s not sure the whistleblower is even real. He then continued, “There’s something much larger going on here. Another page in the playbook of folks like Tucker Carlson and the GOP who want to continue to erode the public’s trust in their institutions. If you keep doing that enough the objective is you can’t trust your institutions and the career professionals and then the only people you can trust are us. And you get to reshape the truth into your own version of reality. That’s what’s going on here.”

Frank Figliuzzi says that he doesn't think Tucker Carlson's whistleblower exist, but if they do, they're getting arrested. pic.twitter.com/udIbU2H9E0

— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) July 9, 2021 read more

WATCH: Ex-Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd Explains Why 1/6 Was Worse Than 9/11

Democrats play video of Trump inciting riot

Horrific events often have the effect of unifying the country. The attacks on 9/11 was a good example of this. Despite the heavy partisanship of 2001, George W. Bush had a 90% approval rate soon after.

1/6 was another horrifying event in American history. But the country certainly hasn’t come together since. And that, Matthew Dowd says, is why the January insurrection was worse than the 2001 attacks.

The former Republican strategist made the comments during a Tuesday night appearance on Joy Reid’s show. The host began, “It feels like things have gotten worse since January 6th. I remember reading the reports when Trump ran for office he inspired a uptick in violent white nationalism. The chatter was this is our guy. He’s gone now. Even without his presence daily on social media we have members of congress openly paling around with people who marched in Charlottesville.”

Dowd responded, “I absolutely agree, I think it is much worse than on January 6th, much worse than it was in November. Much worse after January 6th. Part of the problem is because there’s been no accountability it’s given permission to do more of this. Not only it’s given permission to just average people who might do crazy things, it’s allowed the Republicans just to continue this big lie that they’ve pushed across.”

The guest concluded:

“To me, though there was less loss of life on January 6, January 6 was worse than 9/11 because it’s continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means. And so, I think we’re at a much worse place than we’ve been, and as I’ve said to you before, I think we’re in the most perilous point in time since 1861 and the advent of the Civil War.” read more