Entries from Mar 2016
Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s campaign dealing with permanent damage

On MSNBC Morning Joe’s final segment, Mike Barnicle and the panel discuss the likelihood that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is finally dealing with permanent damage due to his many controversial statements in recent days. “I think it’s going to hurt him long-term, perhaps fatally,” says Mike of Trump’s stumble to clear up his position on abortion, specifically. Watch the conversation here.

“He is glossing over the fact that there was a massive intelligence failure.R...

“He is glossing over the fact that there was a massive intelligence failure — a failure to coordinate intelligence from us to the Europeans, from the French to the Belgians. It’s incompetence more than anything,” says Mike Barnicle in reaction to Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz’s continued call for patrolling Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. after the terror attacks in Brussels. Watch Barnicle’s comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, along with a report by NBC News’ Hallie Jackson on Senator Cruz’s outlook on the campaign trail.

John Kasich joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about his eco...

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about his economic policies. “Somewhere in upstate New York, someone is going to stand up and say: ‘Hey Governor! I haven’t really had a pay raise in about 14 or 15 years. My wages have been stagnant while rich guys in Manhattan are making more money than ever before,’” says Barnicle of voter concerns that Kasich might expect on the campaign trail. Watch the discussion and listen to the Governor’s plans to address stagnant wages with a call for additional career training.

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about foreign policy and the 2016 presidential race. “How would Senator Bernie Sanders deal with a criminal cult who has no interest in peace?,” Barnicle asks Dr. Sachs of the candidate’s possible approach to combating ISIS in the Middle East. Watch the conversation and listen to Dr. Sachs describe the need to take a different approach in the Middle East.

Mike Barnicle talks with TIME magazine’s Michael Duffy about the Hillary Clinton...

“How directly involved, on a daily or hourly basis, is FBI Director James Comey in the Hillary Clinton email investigation?,” Mike Barnicle asks of TIME magazine’s Michael Duffy. Watch the conversation between Barnicle and Duffy on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and listen to why Comey, who previously investigated the Clintons during the Whitewater controversy in the 1990s, might go as far as to personally interview the former Secretary of State during this investigation.

“I would no longer call Bernie Sanders’ campaign an insurgent campaign.”...

“I would no longer call Bernie Sanders’ campaign an insurgent campaign—it’s a legitimate, full-blown presidential campaign. Everywhere he has been able to spend a sustained period of time on the ground, he really moves the needle…. In upstate New York, you have a built-in audience for his message,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders as his campaign looks ahead to challenging Hillary Clinton in New York. Watch Barnicle and Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin discuss Senator Sanders’ advantages.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio joins Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicl...

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio joins Morning Joe and talks with Mike Barnicle about the need for law enforcement to bond with Muslim-American communities and the city’s success with anti-terrorism efforts. Watch the exchange between Barnicle and Mayor De Blasio here and hear how NYPD detectives were able to provide authorities in Europe with critical intelligence on suspected bombers prior to the terror attacks in Brussels.

“Donald Trump is an inch deep on every issue.”

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle and Joe Scarborough react to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest interview gaffes, including his comments on abortion and nuclear proliferation. “Donald Trump is an inch deep on every issue,” says Barnicle of Trump’s lack of serious knowledge on policy issues, which seems to have finally caught up with the candidate this week. Watch the conversation on Trump’s solo act, described by some as simultaneously the greatest and worst political campaign in modern American history.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s ability to gain support without substance

“Most people are not reading The Washington Post transcripts. Most people are hearing only about the tweet… and going, ‘oh yeah, he’s probably right.’ That’s his genius,” explains Mike Barnicle of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his ability to gain and retain support without expanding on policy substance, as exemplified by his recent comments on NATO. Watch the conversation between Barnicle and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson on Trump’s instinctual strategy. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle on the terror attacks in Brussels

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle discusses the profiles of the men behind the terror attacks in Brussels: “The recruitment pool being used in Europe is common criminals, by and large, in places like Maalbeek. It’s not exactly a religious recruitment drive. It’s basically, in that low-end of the pool, looking for people with minor criminal offenses, nothing to do, no jobs, and a tendency toward violence.” Listen to Mike’s comments and the Morning Joe conversation on the huge intelligence failures across Europe, in Belgium in particular.

Mike Barnicle summarizes this stage of the 2016 election cycle

Following Jeb Bush’s endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for President today, Mike Barnicle summarizes this stage of the 2016 election cycle: “We forget what a brutal, humiliating business it is running for this office.” Watch MSNBC’s Morning Joe conversation on former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s seemingly conflicted endorsement of Senator Cruz, especially considering Cruz’s contrasting policy and rhetoric on security and foreign relations.

Why the recent terror attacks in Brussels are Belgium’s equivalent to September ...

“You were practically a resident of Brussels leading NATO, what are your impressions of the way Belgians handle intelligence that we give them?,” Mike Barnicle asks of Admiral James G. Stavridis (Ret.), Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and NATO’s former Supreme Allied Commander. Watch the exchange between Mike and Admiral Stavridis on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and listen to why the recent terror attacks in Brussels are Belgium’s equivalent to September 11.

Mike Barnicle talks with General Michael Hayden

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle and General Michael Hayden (Ret.), former Director of the CIA and NSA, discuss the challenges of gathering human intelligence in the fight against ISIS. “How much of an issue is it that, at the source in places like Raqqa, we lack human intelligence on the ground in terms of finding bomb makers or going after their capital?,” asks Mike. Listen to General Hayden’s answer on the complexities and importance of human intelligence.

Mike Barnicle talks about intelligence sharing inside the European Union

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle talks with Don Borelli, former FBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), about intelligence sharing inside the European Union. “The intelligence that we pass on to our allies in Europe is badly handled by different governments. Some are better, like Germany, but France and Belgium handle it differently. How large an issue is this in the fight against ISIS within Europe?,” asks Mike. Watch the discussion and listen to Borelli’s insight on Belgium’s mishandling of intelligence and failure to stop the latest terrorist attacks.

Mike Barnicle on the terror attacks in Brussels

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle and The Washington Post’s David Ignatius discuss the terror attacks in Brussels and the inability of authorities to get a handle on the scope of terrorist networks hiding in several European cities. Listen to Ignatius provide insight on Europe’s security and intelligence challenges here.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s speech before AIPAC

Ahead of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel discuss expectations, including the possibility of Trump attacking protesting rabbis via Twitter. “Are we going to see a different Donald Trump? Are we going to see a Donald Trump reading a prepared text and sticking to prepared, legitimate points on perhaps the most controversial aspect involving potential world peace?,” asks Barnicle about Trump’s upcoming speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Will Donald Trump wing it or speak from prepared text. What do you think?

“They seem to be heading down a path toward total destruction.”

“They seem to be heading down a path toward total destruction. They could not beat Donald Trump. They missed Donald Trump for months and months and months when he was right in front of everyone’s face. Everyone was hearing his voice, other than this small, secret cabal of Republicans. Now they’re going to try and steal it from him because they couldn’t beat him,” says Mike Barnicle of conservative cabal schemes to stop Republican frontrunner Donald Trump from obtaining the presidential nomination. Listen to Mike’s comments on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, along with the latest on the “Stop Trump” movement within the Republican establishment.

“There’s an element of the arsonist to Donald’s (Trump) campaign”...

“There’s an element of the arsonist to Donald’s (Trump) campaign,” says Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe about the Republican frontrunner’s presidential campaign. “The country is not in the mood for that. The country needs to be calmed down. Let’s make America great again? America IS great. Let’s make America greater,” Barnicle adds, as the Morning Joe panel begins to discuss his latest column for The Daily Beast, which contrasts the greatness of Democratic presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy in the turbulent America of 1968 and the divisive candidacy of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in 2016. Hear Mika Brzezinski read the column and watch the panel’s full discussion, featuring Eddie Glaude, Chair of the Center for African-American Studies at Princeton University, on how prevailing hardships across America continue to foster anger politics and how the candidates are out of touch with the real lives of voters. Read Barnicle’s column here. http://thebea.st/21qidDV.

“Wallowing in the mud with Donald is not what I think is a successful stra...

“I think what happened Friday night in Chicago is the wild card for Ohio. (Ohio Governor John) Kasich is a great candidate, but I don’t know that he fits within the context of where that party seems to be heading in these primaries with Trump,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle in conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about Kasich’s chances of earning the Republican nomination for president against the backdrop of the violent protests at a rally for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Watch the Morning Joe conversation on Kasich here, along with highlights of Willie Geist’s MSNBC Town Hall conversation with the Governor, who says in response to a question about Trump’s negative ads: “Wallowing in the mud with Donald is not what I think is a successful strategy” in the race for the White House.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s self-centered mindset

In discussing the private Donald Trump vs. the public Donald Trump on Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle says: “In looking at his behavior across the course of his campaign….He has become a completely different person. He’s allowing his ego to take control of the moment. He is thinking… no candidate has ever been cheered like this, engendered devotion like this. But, it’s not true, Donald. It’s not true,” adds Mike, speaking directly to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his self-centered mindset, which enables his continued use of reckless rhetoric on the campaign trail. Watch the Morning Joe conversation on the Republican frontrunner and read what Scarborough called a “fantastic” article written by Barnicle for The Daily Beast. http://thebea.st/21qidDV.