Entries from Feb 2016
Mike Barnicle on the death of police officer Ashley Guindon

In the final moments of today’s Morning Joe program on MSNBC, Mike Barnicle highlights a tragedy largely ignored by many media national outlets—the death of police officer Ashley Guindon, who was fatally shot during her first shift on the job in Virginia. “We ought to think about her and her family,” suggests Mike. Listen to Mike’s comments on the 28-year-old Guindon, a former U.S. Marine who had joined the police force in ceremonies on Friday and responded Saturday to a domestic dispute that turned deadly for her.

Mike Barnicle on President Ronald Reagan’s comments from 1984

Continuing the conversation about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s supposed ignorance over former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke’s endorsement over the weekend, Mike Barnicle reminds the MSNBC Morning Joe panel of another Republican presidential candidate’s comments on the KKK, President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Reagan said: “Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse. The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.” Listen to the comments of Trump and the Morning Joe panel.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s delayed disavowal of David Duke

“Donald Trump is a guy who quickly, easily, multiple times a day can tweet that people are losers, stupid, idiots. Why didn’t he get on [Twitter] and say David Duke is a racist creep in Trump language and just put this thing to bed? What is that campaign prepared for or unprepared for?,” Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle asks of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign decision to wait until NBC’s Today Show to address his initial failure to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke over the weekend. Listen to Mike’s comments and watch the Morning Joe conversation on Trump’s campaign issues ahead of Super Tuesday.

Donald Trump’s reluctance to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke...

Following Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s reluctance to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke over the weekend, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle sums up the impact if Trump refuses to apologize. “If he continues this behavior, he’s going to fracture the Republican party—it will split! And he’s going to prove to all of those who have criticized him that Donald J. Trump cares more about himself than the party or the country,” says Mike. Watch Mike’s comments on Trump’s latest racially charged controversy on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on the FBI wanting to unlock the iPhone of terrorists

Continuing the conversation about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to publically confront the FBI over the handling of a court order to unlock the iPhone of terrorists in San Bernardino, Mike Barnicle sums up the issue: ”What’s mystifying to a lot of people is why this could not have been resolved at an earlier stage. All the Department of Justice and the FBI were seeking, as I understand it, was the passcode to get into the phone.” Watch the Morning Joe conversation here on the details surrounding Apple’s conflict with the FBI’s request.

Mike Barnicle notes Donald Trump’s surprising appeal among evangelical voters

Following Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s standing ovation at Pat Robertson’s Regent University, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle notes Trump’s surprising appeal among evangelical voters. “I think [evangelicals] set their religious values to one side and they have other values, whether you like it or not, that Trump encompasses,” says Mike of why evangelical support for Trump outnumbers that of more traditional Christian candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Watch the discussion on voters’ values and their influence on this Republican presidential race here.

Mike Barnicle on the failing strategies of the Rubio and Cruz campaigns

“Have either of these guys—Cruz or Rubio—ever run for office before? Watching these clips is like watching two guys whose idea of a political fight is a pillow fight. They think this is the National Hockey League—that if they finish second or third consistently they’re winners?,” says Mike Barnicle of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and their campaigns’ failing strategies to overtake frontrunner Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race. Listen to Mike’s comments and the Morning Joe conversation on the remaining Republican candidates here.

“They’re not going to stop him.”

“They’re not going to stop him. Part of his appeal is people think he’s fearless. And he has two people left now to combat him, who are both filled with fear,” says Mike Barnicle summing up Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s lead over fellow candidates Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Listen in on Mike’s comments and the ongoing Morning Joe conversation on MSNBC about the Republican field.

The Washington Post’s Robert Costa talks with Mike Barnicle

Looking ahead to Super Tuesday and beyond to the general presidential election, the Washington Post’s Robert Costa joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk with Mike Barnicle about possible strategies for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in their fight to catch up to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. “What are Cruz and Rubio going to do… because they’re afraid to take on the guy ahead of them? In terms of demographics, where do Cruz and/or Rubio go in the next seven days to clear the field and get that second spot? What is their audience?,” asks Mike. Listen to Costa’s answer here on why Republicans are not embracing a diversity strategy.

Mike Barnicle on the layers in Bernie Sanders’ message

“Eventually there is a merger of race and class in his message—which he has been consistently articulating for over four decades—and everyone out there, everyone, knows that it is a combination of race and class and too many people in this country living at the edge, paycheck-to-paycheck, daring not to dream beyond this weekend,” says Mike of the layers in Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ message despite his campaign’s struggle to win over black voters. Listen to Mike’s outlook for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) going forward here and watch the Morning Joe conversation on Sanders’ uphill race against fellow candidate Hillary Clinton. On MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Ted Cruz: “I just don’t get Ted Cruz. I really don’...

“I just don’t get Ted Cruz. I really don’t get him. I choose not to say anything more. This thing is over,” says the “legendary” Mike Barnicle of Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) campaign for the White House against contenders Marco Rubio (R-FL) and frontrunner Donald Trump. Watch the Morning Joe panel conversation with The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein on the Republican candidates here.

Marcela Gaviria talks about the new Frontline documentary “Chasing Heroin&...

Award-winning journalist and producer Marcela Gaviria joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to talk about the new Frontline documentary “Chasing Heroin,” a two-hour investigation that dives into America’s heroin crisis through stories of addicts and changes in drug policy. Watch the full discussion with Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel on the links between prescription drugs and opiates and the demographics behind the heroin epidemic.

Mike Barnicle talks with Michael Waldman

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle talks with Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, about his new book ‘’The Fight to Vote,’ which looks at the history of voting rights up through today’s challenges, including a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, and the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United. Watch the full segment here and listen in on the conversation about the impact of voter ID laws and the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision on Shelby County v. Holder, which weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Tom Ridge on his support for presidential candidate John Kasich

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge joins Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle to talk about the state of the Republican party and his support for presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich. “What do you think is happening to your party during this primary season? Why is Donald Trump’s appeal so sustaining over such a long period of time and other candidates seem to be diminished in his presence? What’s going on in your party?,” asks Mike. Listen to the former Republican governor’s answer on MSNBC.

For The Daily Beast: The Man Who Will No...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle writes about his first-hand experience during South Carolina’s Republican primary and the rage and despair being fed to voters by most presidential candidates. “Listening to some of the Republican candidates for President is like eavesdropping on men trying to earn their letter sweater with worthless phrases—carpet bombing, crushing ISIS—as if words alone will accomplish the mission and the lives of those sent into the fight are merely an anonymous squadron of props used to advance a political agenda,” writes Mike of the disconnect between political ambitions and the realities of war. Read Mike’s full column here and learn why he says Ohio Governor John Kasich is one candidate who stands apart from the rest peddling doom and gloom this election year.

The Man Who Will Not Bow to Fearmongering

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/02/21/the-man-who-will-not-bow-to-fearmongering.html

Mike Barnicle on Hillary Clinton’s frustrations on the campaign trail

“I think Hillary Clinton is tougher on herself than her opponents are. She’s carrying a lot of baggage,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle of Hillary Clinton’s frustrations on the campaign trail. Listen to Mike’s comments on Clinton here and watch the report on the tight Democratic race between her and Senator Bernie Sanders ahead of Nevada’s presidential caucuses.

Mike Barnicle about Ben Carson’s campaign’s approach going forward

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe in South Carolina and talks with Mike Barnicle about his campaign’s approach going forward. “Why do you want to be President?,” asks Mike, simply. Listen to the answer and watch the exchange between Mike and Dr. Carson here.

Mike Barnicle reacts to a touching moment between John Kasich and a supporter

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle reacts to a touching moment between Republican presidential candidate John Kasich and a supporter who had temporarily fallen on hard times: “What happened there happens nearly every day in a political campaign. It’s the introduction of the human drama of daily life to the candidates.” Watch the moment here and listen to the MSNBC Morning Joe discussion on the significance of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s ability to hug and listen on the campaign trail.

Mike Barnicle on Hillary Clinton: “Why does she make everything so difficu...

“You can sum up the problem that Hillary Clinton, despite her credentials, is having in this campaign as the same (as) in 2008—and it’s a line out of ‘Cool Hand Luke’ uttered by Strother Martin to Paul Newman when he said, ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate.’ Why does she make everything so difficult? ” asks Mike Barnicle of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s seemingly contentious response to a question from CBS News’ Scott Pelley about telling the truth. Watch the clip here and listen to the Morning Joe conversation on mistrust surrounding the Clintons over the years and how she might have better answered the question.

“When I first read the story I thought it was The Onion-’Pope vs. Trump.&#...

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle reacts to Pope Francis’s comments on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border. “When I first read the story I thought it was The Onion—’Pope vs. Trump.’ I choose to think that the Pope spoke as a matter of faith and not politics; an un-artfully worded statement in English,” says Mike of the Pope’s suggestion that building walls, and not bridges, is not Christian. Watch the spirited conversation here.