On Morning Joe, the conversation turned toward Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia following what appears to be a push at the Republican National Convention to be more ‘pro-Russia.’ “I want to see his tax returns to see if he ever made any money there,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle addressing previous statements by Trump that he had made money in Russia. “We should see his tax returns; he owes it to us.” Listen in to the rest of the discussion here on MSNBC about what appears to be an apparent link between Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
In stark contrast to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the audience at the Democratic National Convention with a call to action and a statement that the best days of the United States are ahead of us. Morning Joe panelist and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle said of the speech: “I have never seen a speech given the presentation from a non-politician. The speech was about our children, the speech was about us more than about politics.” Hear the rest of the conversation here about FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s moving speech here. On MSNBC.
On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, talk on the Morning Joe set in Philadelphia turned to former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s speech and the ensuing disruptions from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders outraged over her recent email scandal. Says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about Schultz’s decision to address the convention: This is an example of when “someone’s ego stands in front of common sense. Her ego was so involved in who she is that she didn’t recognize the reality of it.” Listen in on how the Morning Joe panel viewed her taking the floor today. On MSNBC.
On Morning Joe live from Philadelphia, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the show’s panel discuss the highs and the lows of yesterday’s Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. “Last night will be remembered forever because of the First Lady of the United States of America,” says Mike Barnicle of Michelle Obama’s inspiring speech on opening day of the DNC. Hear the rest of the conversation here.
Live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the Morning Joe panel speaks with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney about the city’s relationship between its police and the public. Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The biggest disruption between citizens and police is the tidal wave of guns that arrive in cities.” Kenney talks about his city’s challenges when it comes to gun violence. “We have carnage here.” Hear the rest of the conversation on MSNBC.
On Morning Joe, the conversation turned toward Russia’s potential role in aiding the campaign of Republican Donald Trump and hurting that of Democrat Hillary Clinton by hacking into the DNC’s emails, leading to the ouster of chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “People in the State Department are fearful everyday of the Russians; they hacked into the White House,” says Barnicle in regard to Russian president Vladamir Putin’s possible intrusion in the U.S. political election. Follow the MSNBC discussion here.
As the talk centered on the DNC convention this week in Philadelphia, veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel of experts discuss what it will take for the Democrats to win the general election this fall and how the party can move beyond the most recent email scandal that led to the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Ego plays a role in this, obviously her own ego…the job is to elect Hillary Clinton,” says Barnicle. Follow the conversation here.
With the first day of the Democratic National Convention officially underway, MSNBC contributor and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the show’s panel of experts discuss the recent email scandal involving DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz and what her place may be at this week’s convention as the Democrats attempt to put on a unified front and support candidate Hillary Clinton. “What’s wrong with the person who did not go in that room and say ‘Debbie, you’re gone!” asks Barnicle. Hear the rest of the conversation here.
Mike Barnicle, the Boston newspaper columnist-turned-MSNBC analyst, held aloft his cellphone when asked over breakfast to explain the success of Politico, the 24/7 politics site and newspaper that was greeted with skepticism upon its 2007 launch.
“They’re first on this,” Barnicle said, phone hovering over omelet. “They got here first and are still dominant. And this is a habit harder to break than crack cocaine.”
The habit is a function of a feverish quest to break news, offer analysis and profile the multiplicity of actors in the political realm, be they saints, sinners or somewhere in between. And there’s not much better time to inspect the operation of what’s become a must-scan politics site than during the massively chronicled American rite of a political convention (yes, with 15,000 credentialed media).
In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump: “He is a Hall of Fame salesman, always pushing the perfect product, the only item that exists in his mind: himself. He views himself as the answer to everything that ails or angers us. Any ill at all, he tells us, will be dealt with and taken care of by mid-afternoon on January 20, 2017 if only we will be smart enough to make him president.”
Live from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Morning Joe panel analyzes Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech. “The question is: Are we, as a country, as people, going to be able to live through this campaign — 90 days of back and forth without some sense of hope about what this country is?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. “I get Trump’s speech last night. I fully get it. But … he wasn’t talking about the country that I live in. I don’t know a lot of people who wake up every day so afraid — so afraid of everything. ‘Oh, should we go outdoors today because there is crime all around and we are weaklings in the world?’ We are not weaklings in the world. We just are not,” said Barnicle to rousing applause from the live audience. Follow the rest of the conversation here.
Trump was consistent in his message throughout his campaign, panelist Mike Barnicle remarked, but added that Americans in despair “want to feel a little hope for their children.”
In the national media’s coverage of Donald Trump’s marathon acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, there was arguably one descriptor that ruled them all: “Dark.”
“Donald Trump Takes America on a Journey to the Dark Side,” read NBC News’ headline.
Donald Trump’s convention speech did exactly what it was supposed to do, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough declared Friday.
“It just may be the speech that millions and millions of people in middle America have been waiting to hear for a very long time,” the former congressman said before a live audience in Cleveland Friday morning.
“I don’t know if they expected sunshine and flowers,” he continued. “It was a dark speech. We have been saying for two months now, with everybody’s low approval ratings that you’re not going to win the presidency. You’re going to disqualify the other candidate . . . Everybody is acting so shocked that conventions are sometimes negative.”
Veteran columnist and Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle, however, said that he found that Trump focused on fear, and he thought that was “tough to handle.”
“It’s tough to read,” said Barnicle. “There’s a lot of anxiety in the country. People feel they have lost a lot. They have lost 401(k)s here in Cleveland. They were decimated in 2008 and 2009. The foreclosure crisis, no doubt about that. You want to feel a little hope for your children. That’s where the fear thing comes into play.”
Still, Barnicle said, “you can’t cover the country in a blanket of fear.”
Live from Cleveland, the Morning Joe panel continues the discussion about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s “dark” acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention that attempted to tap into the emotions of fearful or anxious citizens. Says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “My instinct is that … crime, people getting killed — it’s been going on for decades right in front of us. But we have never had Twitter…Instagram. We have never had things popping up in a second (on social media). And we have never had a country where the majority of people walking around are staring at their phones instead of looking at the country around them.” Hear the rest of the conversation and with whom Trump’s messages most resonated — and why. Only on MSNBC.
On Morning Joe live from Cleveland, Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and the panel talk about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s dark, fear-focused acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention. “He played to type last night,” said Barnicle. “There are no surprises in what he said, nor where there any surprises really in how he said it. That’s how he has won thus far, and clearly, that’s his plan to win in the fall. The fear thing, I think, is tough to read. There’s a lot of anxiety in the country. People feel they have lost a lot. They have lost 401(k)s here in Cleveland. They were decimated in 2008 and 2009. The foreclosure crisis, no doubt about that. You want to feel a little hope for your children. That’s where the fear thing comes into play.” Listen in for more of the conversation here.
On Morning Joe, veteran columnist and contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel talk about the response from political leaders to Senator Ted Cruz’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Without endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Cruz delivers a speech in which he “stepped all over the Mike Pence story” and even drew boos from the crowd. Follow the conversation here on Trump and his vice presidential running mate Indiana Gov. Pence.
Veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel discuss last night’s speech by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Night Three of the Republican National Convention saying that Cruz “was oozing smugness.” During his speech, Cruz goes so far as to draw boos from the crowd present at the convention. Listen in on the conversation here.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sets off alarm bells in the political world with recent NATO comments that America would only intervene if those allied countries had “fulfilled their obligations to us.” His foreign policy approach counters the mutual defense stated in NATO, which was invoked after 9-11. Veteran columnist and Morning Joe panelist Mike Barnicle weighs in on the recent remark by opining that “Trump is focusing on the political level” as compared to the strategic level, which resonates with voters. Hear more of the conversation here.
With a recent poll in Michigan showing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading her Republican challenger Donald Trump by 42% to 39%, Morning Joe’s veteran columnist and contributor Mike Barnicle describes this presidential race as the “unpopularity contest” in which America is waiting “to see which of these two hugely unpopular candidates emerges with the presidency.” Follow along with the conversation here.
In the aftermath of the assassination of three Baton Rouge police officers, Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel talk about how this season’s political figures have responded to the recent spate of attacks on police, including Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s criticism of the current leadership. Barnicle disagrees, referencing President Barack Obama’s recent speeches that call for unity in the wake of police shootings: “You should be glad he’s the President of the United States because he sets the right tone.” Listen in to the conversation here, only on MSNBC.