MSNBC’s Morning Joe panelists claimed that President Donald Trump “brainwashed” the GOP about the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), failing to offer context about McCain’s initial attacks on Trump prior to the then-candidate’s response.
The panel failed to mention that the genesis of the dispute began with the criticism that McCain lodged against Trump supporters, calling them “crazies” prior to candidate-Trump’s counterpunch back.
Whether you think that candidate Trump went too far in his counterpunch, the Morning Joe crew failed to acknowledge that it was McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, who first insulted the supporters of his fellow Republican in July 2015, saying that candidate Trump “fired up the crazies” in Arizona when Trump held a rally in Phoenix. By crossing that line, McCain, a seasoned politician dealing with a political newcomer, broke Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” that “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
Host Joe Scarborough asserted that he “completely brainwashed the entire party,” but his co-panelist Mike Barnicle took things one step even further in his attack on the president.
“The president of the United States, the sitting president, is a friendless, empty vessel,” Barnicle said, with no counterbalance to respond to his personal attack on Trump. “He’s a lonely man. he’s a man alone. He is what he is. He’s a liar. He’s cheated. He has all of these stains on his soul that are public, that people know, and they say nothing. They say nothing.”
None of the panelists at the table offered realistic or conciliatory perspective on how to reconcile Trump supporters with the Establishment GOP.
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