On Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the panel discuss one of the biggest challenges of running for any office – most of all the Presidency. “Perhaps the most humbling aspect (for a candidate) is to get on the phone and ask somebody for money. That is not (Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump.” Hear the conversation about what the Morning Joe panelists would expect from Trump after he received a “no” from a potential donor to his campaign. Only on MSNBC.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle speaks with MSNBC’s Political Correspondent Kasie Hunt and the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign strategy choices, specifically “Trump’s exercise in self-funding,” and how that stands to impact the rest of his campaign moving forward. Hear the discussion here on MSNBC.
How “can [Donald Trump] find someone or listen to someone who will make him adhere to a daily message discipline that will stop getting him in constant trouble?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe during the discussion of the current financial standing and funding options for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Barnicle also raises the important point that Trump has reached a pivot point in his campaign both on an operational level and on a personal level. Listen in on the continuing developments and ongoing discussion of election 2016.
Does Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump understand that he might be overstepping his boundaries through his statements made to the press and on social media after the horrific shooting at an Orlando night club? asks Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the apparent lack of editing seen in Trump’s presidential campaign. Listen to the MSNBC conversation and what the panelists have to say regarding Trump’s “word vomit.”
Mark Halperin, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, joins Morning Joe and speaks with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about rumors of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s willingness to sell his campaign for the right price. Halperin discusses the potential for a Trump exit strategy and the larger implications of this for him as a candidate and for his campaign as a whole stating that he “has to get away from these sidebar things.” To which, Barnicle asks: “When was the last time you heard him talk about the country?” Hear the rest of the conversation here on MSNBC’s Morning Joe segment.
Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle highlights the “over the top” rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying his recent comments about President Barack Obama have been overshadowed in the constant 24/7 news cycle. “He comes perilously close to accuse a sitting president of the United States, Barack Obama, of treason.” Hear more of what Donald Trump is saying and how voters are reacting. Only on MSNBC.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle discuss the status of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign and the ground he has been losing as of late. Says Barnicle: “I think Donald Trump has done himself great damage over the past couple of weeks….Looking like a madcap …and by some of the rhetoric…especially the other morning when he he went after the President of the United States.” Hear the rest of the conversation on Election 2016.
In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle weighs in on the amazing life of the late, great Muhammad Ali and fondly recalls one day 36 years ago, when he spent a day with The Greatest Of All Time. “Muhammad Ali is dead. Who he was and is, a complete man in full, complicated, courageous, charming, multi-dimensional, remains quite alive.” Read the entire column here: “The Real Reason We Will Miss Muhammad Ali”
THE BOSTON GLOBE
BY MIKE BARNICLE
THROUGH HISTORY WITH STYLE
Jun 9, 1980
Ali had a cold. It had kept him up most of the night and now, just past 7 on Saturday morning, he was sitting in the kitchen of his friend, George Butler, in Marblehead, holding a bottle of pills in the palm of his hand. “One every 12 hours,” he mumbled. “Think I can remember that?” “Want some orange juice, Muhammad?” Butler asked.
“Yeah, orange juice,” Ali answered. “And some ice. Got some ice?”
Ali poured the orange juice over the ice cubes. He placed the pill in his mouth and swallowed after the first sip of the drink. Time and things like common colds are now his enemy.
He is 38, this phenomenon of our age. He is, perhaps, the most famous, the most easily recognizable figure in the world. His name – Ali – summons a hundred different emotions whenever and wherever it is mentioned. Three different times he has been heavyweight champion of the world. But he has been much more.
“I don’t have no boss,” Ali was saying. “I don’t have to call no one. I’m a free agent. I do what I wanna do. And my purpose is to teach; to be the first black man that got big. And I’m the biggest thing on earth. I know that. And I’m free.
“When I went to Russia, I went in to see Brezhnev and he got up from his desk and came over and put his arms around me. He says, I been waitin’ to meet you for a long time. All the Russian people know you. And the next day, when I went back to see him, he had his grandchildren there and he says, They know you too.”‘
Ali has marched through history with a grace that knows no time and a style that has conceded nothing to the events around him. He threw away his Olympic gold medal. He changed his name when he found religion. He refused to be drafted during the war in Vietnam. And he kept on fighting and talking; talking and fighting. He has spent 187 nights ducking quick lefts and right hands full of thunder to either defend or get the championship of heavyweights. Now, there are some who say that all of this has taken its toll and Ali suffers from brain damage.
“Could be,” he said, when asked about a doctor’s theory. “Anytime you get knocked out, even for a few seconds, there’s probably brain damage.
“But all that talk’s just people tryin’ to discredit me. Tryin’ to make people think I’m off so they don’t listen to me. But I know that God has got me here for something special. When I was in Russia, I realized there was something divine about my life. A black man in Russia. Imagine that.”
He checked his watch and saw it was almost eight in the morning. Later in the day, Harvard was going to honor him by making Ali an honorary member of the Class of l975. The school had only done that once before, in l930, for Walter Lippmann. “Make sure they mention that,” Ali said.
“Who’s the greatest man you ever met?” Ali was asked as he played with a cup of tea.
“Elijah Muhammad,” he said right away. “He took a whole nation and made them people. People who used to call themselves Negroes, he changed them to callin’ themselves black.
“Why were we called negroes? Is there a country called negro? Chinese, they come from China. Cubans called Cubans cause they come from Cuba. Germans from Germany. French from France. What country’s called Negro. He made us proud. He taught us.
“A black cup of coffee is a strong cup. Black earth is rich earth. Allah made me a world wonder. Allah made me millions. I gave up a lot too. I gave up my title. I fought against the white man’s war in Vietnam. I did this by myself and I was right.
“You say, Anything scare you, Ali?’ What could scare me? I had my jaw broken in a ring. Look at this,” he said, holding up his fist. “You know what would happen to your head if I hit you with this? Vietnam. Gettin’ drafted. Scared of what? What could scare me after all the things I done. Only thing I’m scared of is Allah and his punishment. I’m a spiritual man.
“Superstar don’t mean shit to me. I don’t care about discos. No stuff like that. God made this planet and he created a fighter for God. That’s me.
“And I do what I wanna do. No one could talk like this. That’s my purpose, to talk and to teach. Sure, I played the fool sometimes and they paid me millions to do it.”
Over in the corner of Butler’s kitchen, Howard Bingham, a close friend of Ali and Abdul Rahman, who travels with the champion, had gotten up from the table. Ali’s wife, Veronica, had come downstairs just as three students from Harvard arrived at the house to escort the man into Cambridge.
One of the students was named George Jackson. Jackson grew up in Harlem around Lenox Avenue. His father changes tires and his mother works at the Amsterdam News and the son, being smart and very good at football, just graduated from Harvard on Thursday.
“What’s your name?” Ali asked George Jackson. “George Jackson,” the champion was told.
“Why don’t you use your real name,” Ali wanted to know. “Get a book of history and pick out your pretty name, your name that means something. Now I’m not talkin’ racism. I’m talkin’ truth.”
“Maybe I will,” Jackson said.
“You went to Harvard huh?” Ali wanted to know. “That’s right,” Jackson answered.
“Well you not as dumb as you look then. That’s real good. You gonna make something of yourself. But you oughta use your real name. I bet all your life people was tellin’ you you’d never be nothing.”
“My whole life,” George Jackson said. “Until Thursday.”
“That’s good brother,” said Muhammad Ali. “That’s real good.”
On Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski highlights veteran columnist and fellow panelist Mike Barnicle’s “must read” opinion piece for The Daily Beast. In his latest column, Barnicle tells the very personal story of his grandmother and uncle to bring attention to the sacrifices made every day by those serving in the U.S. military, and to remember those who have been loved and lost serving our country. Hear Brzezinski read an excerpt this morning on MSNBC.
On this Memorial Day, Mike Barnicle’s latest column for The Daily Beast suggests cutting through the toxicity clogging our collective culture to remember those who died giving back to our country, including his own uncle – the one he never knew – Lt. Gerald J. Barnicle: “Killed in action… Battle of Midway… Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.” Barnicle writes: “When you look away from the daily dump of false promises, fake empathy and foolish rhetoric of Trump and Clinton, when you put your phone down and stop staring at the screen, when you pause—actually take the time—to stop, think and remember who we are, still, and have been, always, you cannot help feel a slight sense of optimism as well as an obligation to those who flew off over the Pacific, landed on Okinawa or Omaha Beach, walked out of the Chosin Reservoir, hunkered down at Khe Sanh and Hue City, went door to door in Fallujah or encountered life and death in Helmand Province. We remain the greatest beacon of hope and freedom of expression the world has ever known.”
On Morning Joe, the panel spoke with national political reporter Robert Costa of The Washington Post about his experience covering the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Asks veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle: “Does anybody have a stronghold on Donald Trump enough to say ‘you’re wrong,’ ‘don’t say this.’? Does anybody have that kind of influence on him? Hear Costa’s opinion on who — if anyone — has Trump’s ear and can or does influence his decisions. Only on MSNBC.
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle continues the conversation on the email debacle that plagues Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with the Morning Joe panel and NBC News’ veteran chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell discussing the Inspector General’s report on the situation. Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle weighs in: “One of the more damming components of the report is when he declares in the report that Secretary Clinton declined the opportunity in a request to be interviewed — when (Secretaries of State) Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and John Kerry were interviewed.” Hear more here about the ramifications of Clinton’s actions – and inactions – here.
TIME magazine’s Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer stops by Morning Joe to talk about Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and his campaign, which is showing continued, significant anger and vitriol against rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Asks veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle: “Do you get the sense… that he is really hurting Hillary Clinton’s campaign and intends to hurt her home going forward, right up to the convention?” Says Scherer: “That’s the most interesting question here.” Listen to Scherer’s answer and discussion of the race between Clinton and Sanders for the Democratic candidacy.
Which presidential candidate has a temperament most suited for the job? Asks Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe: “Do you want Donald Trump in your living room every day for the next four years?” Listen to what the panelists have to say, as they reach back in history to discuss presidential temperament v. intellect. Only on MSNBC.
Continuing the conversation about the presidential candidates, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about talk about the lack of seriousness coming from Republican candidate Donald Trump and his camp. Asks Scarborough: “How much longer is this going to go on before somebody over there gets serious about the fact that this man is running for president of the United States and not the next CEO of WWE? Barnicle says fault lies with the media: “We have to do a better job at this.” Watch the ongoing discussion about the presidential candidates and the media’s handling of the coverage. Only on Morning Joe.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “honest” and “trustworthy” issue related to her personal email debacle. Barnicle says regardless of voters’ opinion on the gravity of the situation, it “adds to the weight of voter exhaustion when it comes to the Clintons and that’s a huge burden for her to carry.” Hear the rest of the conversation here on the integrity question that dogs both Clinton and her Republican rival, presidential candidate Donald Trump.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle discuss a lead Sunday New York Times article about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s alleged unwanted advances toward women. Says Barnicle: It’s boorish behavior. You wouldn’t want it occurring to your daughter by a guy, but it’s Donald Trump, and when it comes to Donald Trump, it comes with the dinner. People expect it, know it, (and) they’re not surprised.” Hear the rest of the conversation here on what impact the article might have on Trump’s campaign for the presidency.
What does Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle have in common with Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump? Find out here on Morning Joe’s “What Have We Learned” segment.
Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle joined Detroit’s News Talk WJR 760 to discuss news that a federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of the NFL in the “Deflategate” case, reinstating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s original four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “It’s ridiculous,” says Barnicle, a Boston native, adding that the entire case has been a tremendous waste of time and money. “It is embarrassing.” Listen to find out what may happen next.