Fmr. Obama Aide: Trump White House “Has Highest Crime Rate” in DC

How long did Matthew Miller lay in bed last night working up his line? Eric Holder’s former spokesman seemed giddy with schadenfreude-fueled excitement as he came out with it on today’s Morning Joe.

Referring to the fact that GOP Rep. Chris Collins has been charged with making an insider-trading phone call while on White House grounds, and that former NSA Michael Flynn allegedly lied to the FBI in an interview at the White House, Miller said:

“You could make a case that the White House compound now has the highest crime rate of any neighborhood in Washington.”


Mika on Ocasio-Cortez: “When Women Fail, It’s Much More of a Story” Than When Men Do

Sexism strikes again! When women mess up in public, it attracts more attention than when men do! Who knew? But fortunately, we have Mika Brzezinski to enlighten us.

On today’s Morning Joe, speaking of the stumbles of socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez, Mika Brzezinski said:

“Women are learning, in real time, to fail publicly. Andrea [sic] Ocasio-Cortez has had a rough run since she won in New York. But, we do it! Just like men. And we have a bigger reaction to it, because for some reason, when women fail, it’s much more of a story than men.”

Funny, coming from the co-host of a show that has as its unrelenting focus the failures, real or alleged, of the man occupying the White House. And among many other instances of stumbles of male politicians getting tons of attention, look no further back than the coverage of Roy Moore. (more…)

Barnicle: Not “All” People at Trump Rallies are Racist

Gee, thanks, Mike!

On today’s Morning Joe, speaking of the people who attend Trump rallies, Mike Barnicle said:

“These people who show up are victims of a con. Not all of them are racist. Now, some perhaps are—there’s no doubt about that. But they’re victims of a con. They need a leader, a president, who will do something about their lives; to improve their lives. That’s the tragedy.”

No doubt that “some” at Trump rallies are racist, Mike? Who let Sarah Jeong sneak in? (more…)

CNN’s Camerota: “Open and Shut” that Taking Hillary Dirt from Russia a Crime. Really?

When it comes to the law, who you gonna believe: legal scholars, or Alisyn Camerota, with her American University degree in “broadcast journalism?”

On CNN this morning, co-host Camerota claimed that it was an “open and shut case” that it was a crime for the Trump campaign to meet with Russians for the purpose of taking dirt on Hillary from them. Always one to keep an open mind, Camerota added:

“I don’t want to parse this anymore. The law says you can’t do this. It’s very clear. The law explicitly says you cannot do this.” (more…)

Joy Reid Guest: Republicans “May Not Concede” Election, “Want One-Party State”

Cue Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” Because “paranoia strikes deep” on the set of Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning.

Guest Sarah Kendzior, looking ahead to November’s elections, was in full paranoid flight. Among her possible horribles, Kendzior warned:

“The GOP may simply not concede . . . This is a party that is not interested in, in this point, at democracy [sic]. They want a one-party state to protect this President, whose loyalty is not to this country, and I think they will go through any means necessary to try to do that.” (more…)

Scarborough Floats Notion Trump OK with Losing House: Speaker Pelosi Perfect 2020 Foil

On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough cited a Wall Street Journal editorial for the proposition that President Trump wouldn’t mind losing the Republican House majority in 2018. Wrote the Journal [emphasis added]:

“Mr. Trump might not welcome a Democratic House, but he also might not fear it as long as Republicans keep the Senate. More than even most politicians, Mr. Trump always needs a foil, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be from central political casting.

Scarborough seemed to scoff at the idea, saying, “I don’t think he ever thinks that way,” but it was hard to know whether Joe was being serious, as he continued: “everybody says, Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House gives me the perfect target to attack for the next two years, and in 2020.”

Mika Suggests Trump Could be Charged with “Child Abuse” over Separation Policy

Fever’s running high in the swamp this morning . . .

On today’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski intimated that President Trump could be charged with “child abuse” over the government’s separation policy for people found illegally entering the US. After the show ran a clip of Trump at a rally saying that “we might have to do some pretty drastic things” to accomplish border security, Mika said:

“I think you’ve already done enough ‘drastic things.’ Especially separating the kids from their families, leaving hundreds of kids wondering when they’re ever going to see their families again. Probably abusing them. I would define that as child abuse. AndI wonder about the legal ramifications ultimately down the road.”


Willie Geist’s Gushing Tribute to Andrea Mitchell: Still in “Awe” of “Icon”

This week marks Andrea Mitchell’s 40th anniversary at NBC News, and the network has been filled with tributes to her.

But when it comes to gushing, it will be hard to top Willie Geist’s effort, which aired during Mitchell’s MSNBC show today:

“You are one of a very small handful of icons in our business, about whom a young journalist thinks: I can’t even believe I work in the same news division where she works. It always has been a privilege, and that awe has never gone away.”


Barnicle Seems to Suggest Giuliani Might Have Been Drunk During Fox News Interview

During today’s Morning Joe discussion of what was described as a “rambling,” contradictory, Fox News interview with Rudy Giuliani, Mike Barnicle seemed to suggest that Giuliani might have been drunk.

After airing a clip of Giuliani, Joe Scarborough asks, “what’s he saying?”, Barnicle replies, “another round,” and Scarborough adds “my drinks are free.” A bit later, Barnicle says:

“What time of night was he interviewed for that? That’s my question.”

Mika Brzezinski replied: “There’s that question: a good one.” (more…)