“You can have Donald Trump’s ear but his ears are blocked. Does Trump realize the damage to himself and to the process by continually harping on a rigged election?” asks Morning Joe senior columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation on the show ahead of the third and final presidential debate.
“I shutter to think of what [Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump] might do… I would have him talk calmly and confidently about the bulk of his supporters about how much they’ve been neglected and forgotten by the establishment in Washington [and] the establishment in Wall Street,” suggests Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle ahead of the third presidential debate. His recommendations follow Trump’s rally in Colorado Springs, where he deviated from his routine by not sharing the most recent poll numbers with his audience. Instead, Trump went on the offensive saying: “I don’t believe in the polls anymore” and “you can’t believe anything you see.” More on this topic here.
Happy Birthday to the legendary Mike Barnicle! “I’m grateful to be here,” says Mike on the set of Morning Joe, as co-host Mika Brzezinski brought out a birthday cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday.” “We love you,” she said. Added co-host Joe Scarborough: “We’re grateful every day that you’re here.” Only on MSNBC.
In his latest column for The Daily Beast, MSNBC senior columnist Mike Barnicle asks readers to take a look at the attributes they would want to see in the next president — before they cast their vote. “I don’t want anyone rushing into the polling booth without thinking about the choice,” writes Barnicle. He provides a list of characteristics to contemplate in selecting our next president: competence, courage, an ability to listen and take advice, humility, honesty, patience, and empathy. “Donald J. Trump is without empathy. He proves it over and over each and every day. He has no understanding, no grasp of something that binds almost all of us together: a sense of what it’s like to suffer a loss.” Read the whole column here.
Trump and the Twittersphere “I am surprised that in an age where 99 percent of the people in this country think the media tilts left and think the media is biased that more editors and publishers don’t tell reporters ‘stay off Twitter.’ All you do with Twitter is get yourself confused and raise these questions,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a discussion about the social media posts of journalists who are supposed to be objectively covering the presidential race. Watch more of the conversation here.
“It’s not going to work… Donald Trump is locked in at between 42 and 45% of the vote, they’re going nowhere. Change is the biggest winner this year…. I want change but I’m looking at Donald Trump who is, over the past three or four days…having a slow-motion nervous breakdown in public,” said Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle in response to the ongoing conversation about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s defense of his brilliant use of the “unfair tax system” to avoid paying federal income tax. Hear more on the topic here.
Following Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments claiming he had actually saved the job of Miss Universe, who he has been criticized for making disparaging remarks about, Morning Joe panelist and senior contributor Mike Barnicle points out “the interesting subplot is the victimization of Donald Trump. You just heard him say ‘why am I put in a position like this?’ He always turns these events into self-victimization.” Check out what the other panelists had to say about Trump’s statement here.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, senior contributor Mike Barnicle said the undecided, reluctant voters are “the specific target for Hillary Clinton and her campaign. It’s going after exactly those people…trying to make the solid impression that… it’s going to be either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump; it won’t be any of the third party candidates.” Watch more of the panel discussion here.
“Every campaign at some level is a mirror reflection of the candidate at the top of the campaign. Donald Trump has eliminated and eclipsed 16 other Republican candidates. He did it his way. [Donald Trump] is not going to change at this point. This campaign is about Donald Trump, designed by Donald Trump, and articulated by Donald Trump. It’s who he is,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle during a panel discussion about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s reluctance to change his approach and strategy moving forward in the presidential race. Tune in to listen to more of the panel discussion here.
Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson suffers another “Aleppo” moment on MSNBC, similar to that which he had recently with Mike Barnicle. This time it was with Chris Matthews. Watch the story here.
In case you missed it, read POLITICO’s reporting on the conversation between Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden.
Hear what Hayden has to say about how the presidential candidates might each handle the ongoing and increasingly-complicated conflict in Syria.
Ana Marie Cox, senior political correspondent for MTV News, joins Morning Joe’s senior contributor Mike Barnicle to talk about how the presidential candidates have largely neglected many of the key issues for young voters in the United States. Barnicle comments: “There’s a common thread in Donald J. Trump… and it is his lack of empathy for the human condition. Do you want that in a President?” Cox’s response here.
As the fight continues on to lock down the millennial vote for the 2016 presidential election, Katty Kay from BBC World News America, Mark Halperin from Bloomberg Politics, and MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle discuss what what it was about Sen. Bernie Sanders that helped him connect so strongly with young voters. Says Barnicle of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign: “They can’t rely on Bernie Sanders to turn this millennial thing around, she has to do it herself.” More on Morning Joe.
Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson joins Morning Joe’s senior contributor Mike Barnicle to discuss the looming shadow that Russia has cast over the U.S. 2016 presidential election–from financial ties to Republican candidate Donald Trump, to hacking and access attacks, to concerns of voter disruption at polling stations. Barnicle poses the question: “The Russians, cyber attacks, they’re already here, they’re in the financial system to a certain extent, what is the defense? Do we have a defense? Has it been implemented?” Listen in to hear Isaacson’s response.
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s attack on 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado in which he stated that she had “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem,” continued to snowball and lead headlines, the Morning Joe panel discussed the ramifications of this to his presidential prospects. As a candidate that has consistently struggled in the polls with both women voters and minority voters, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle raises an important point: “We can sit here and talk about the potential of Donald Trump as Commander-and-Chief, we can talk about Donald Trump’s economic package… but when you combine ‘Miss Piggy’ with ‘Miss Housekeeping’ with this woman, that has more resonance to many people… than anything we talk about.” Only on Morning Joe.
Following a massive stroke earlier this month, Israel has confirmed that former President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93. After the news of Peres’ death broke, President Obama issued a statement saying that Peres “changed the course of human history” in a statement that veteran columnist Mike Barnicle described as “truly extraordinary in itself.” Host Joe Scarborough responds to the recent tragedy by saying: “The great arc of his life was that he was seen as a man of peace that was fighting hard to actually bring peace to that troubled region.” Barnicle: “The arc of Shimon Peres’ career… is truly extraordinary from its origins to its end….A healing person in an extraordinarily combustible region of the world.” Follow along to hear the rest of this conversation.
On Morning Joe, the panel discusses Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent critiques about local and federal law enforcement agencies’ failure to thwart the latest New York bombing attack. Trump said law enforcement officials “know who a lot of these people are… [but] they’re afraid to do anything about it.” To which Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle responded: “If you consider the time factor here…[in] less than 24 hours… a combination of the New York Police Department, the FBI, and the New Jersey Police Departments had tracked down and apprehended the suspect of this bombing… No cop is afraid to do this.” Follow along to hear the rest of the conversation.
“We have reports that Mr. Rahami’s wife left the country a couple of days prior to this weekend’s bombings here in New York City. Do you know anything about that?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee. Tune in to hear Schiff’s response about the still developing case.
The Washington Post columnist and author David Ignatius joins senior contributor Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the violence in Syria and the failed cease-fire attempts. Barnicle asks: “How much sway do the Russians actually have over the Syrian government and President Assad.” Tune in to hear Ignatius’ response.
In the “What Have We Learned Today” segment of Morning Joe, host Mika Brzezinski literally “cut the mic” on regular contributors Donny Deutsch and Mike Barnicle after this exchange: “Mika, though I love [her], you are insensitive to the medical needs of between 40 percent and 60 percent of men over 70 in this country, and I was surprised by that.” Retorted Brzezinski: “Can I tell you, for my insensitivity, you’ve got big business on your side because you men get that covered by insurance. Okay? And you wouldn’t believe what’s not covered by insurance for us women.” To which Barnicle responded, “What is that?” Hear the answer (which Deutsch says is his nickname) and watch the spirited exchange here. Only on MSNBC.