On Monday, MSNBC host Chuck Todd attacked President Donald Trump and promoted Republicans mulling primary challenges against him.
Todd hosted three guests for the segment on Meet The Press Daily but failed to have a pro-Trump representative at the table.
Todd admitted that a primary challenge “will likely be unsuccessful,” though he said it “still could cause some cracks to develop for the general election. The last two presidents to get semi-serious primary challengers both lost their eventual re-election.”
Todd, who bills himself as an objective host, took a swipe at Trump, quoting former Gov. Bill Weld, who is seeking the Republican nomination and called Trump “a crazed president.”
“We’re normalizing the crazy, in some ways,” Todd said. “And we’re acknowledging that it’s crazy, at least. But it’s just so matter-of-fact.”
Todd bemoaned the fact that the three primary challengers were former Rep. Joe Walsh, Weld, and former congressman and Gov. Mark Sanford.
“No offense to these three people,” Todd said, wanting to know why there weren’t other Republicans in the race like former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Mitt Romney (Utah).
Todd also offered his liberal guest a chance to welcome the prospect of a GOP primary challenger.
“Is the enemy of your enemy your ally here, Neera?” Todd asked guest Neera Tanden, president of the liberal Center for American Progress.
Todd also probed possible “cracks” in GOP congressional support for Trump.
“Do you expect to see cracks in the Republican congressional coalition behind Trump, or not?” Leigh Ann Caldwell, an NBC Capitol Hill reporter.
“They’re not running to win, they’re running to try to define the party because there’s a lot of concern among Republicans about what the party looks like once Trump is gone,” Caldwell replied, seemingly ignoring the 2020 presidential race.
“I know this doesn’t matter, because, you know, logic never matters with Trump arguments,” Todd said.