Entries from Jul 2016
For The Daily Beast: Does Donald Trump H...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike writes about Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s attack on the family of Army Captain Humayun Khan, killed in Iraq in 2004 at the age of 27. Mike writes: “Here in the middle of an American summer one of the candidates to become Commander in Chief has proven with words and tweets that he is without the grace, the humility, the compassion or the simple comprehension of what it’s like for a mother and a father to lose a child in service of the nation. Donald J. Trump often speaks and tweets without thought but this week he spoke and tweeted without a heart.”

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Does Donald Trump Have a Heart?

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Mike Barnicle’s truck promise to Mika Brzezinski

“It’s like life itself, it’s deception,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle, presenting Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski with a truck after promising one to her months ago if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was able to win the GOP nomination. Watch Brzezinski’s response to the long-awaited exchange here, on MSNBC.

“You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Morning Joe kicked off with the panel recapping the last night of the Democratic National Convention, during which the father of a Muslim soldier who lost his life fighting for the United States addressed the crowd and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump directly. “When Mr. Khan looked into the camera and said to that convention crowd and to the United States of America about Donald Trump: ‘You have sacrificed nothing and no one,’ I began to cry,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. “I don’t know if there’s anything you can do if you’re Donald Trump. You can’t tweet this one away.” Hear the rest of the conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough here. Only on MSNBC live from Philadelphia.

Mike Barnicle and Andrea Mitchell on China’s support of Hillary Clinton

Discussion on the set of Morning Joe turned to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s position on human rights and women’s rights and how relations with China might be impacted if she is elected president. During a conversation with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says he’s heard reports from a former senior Obama official that “the Chinese are very, very hesitant about supporting Hillary Clinton in any form or fashion. They’re “leaning toward (Republican presidential nominee Donald) Trump because they’re afraid of Hillary Clinton’s position on human rights.” Listen in to the discussion here on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle and VP Joe Biden on the 2016 race for the White House

Vice President Joe Biden joins Mike Barnicle and the panel of experts on MSNBC’s Morning Joe live in Philadelphia to discuss the 2016 race for the White House. Barnicle asks the Vice President, who he describes as “someone who has overcome trauma, tragedy and come back with great resilience: What do you think about the message we hear from the Republicans – “Let’s make America great again, as if it needs to be made great?” Hear Biden’s response here, only on Morning Joe.

Mike Barnicle talks with Vice President Joe Biden about the role of the VP

Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Morning Joe panel are live from Philadelphia speaking with special guests Vice President Joe Biden and Joel K. Goldstein, an authority on the Vice Presidency, regarding the relationship between the President and the Vice President. Barnicle asks of Biden: “When you’ve had disagreements with the President… do they become personal?” Listen in on the conversation here. On MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC

Live in Philadelphia discussing former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Day 2 about his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle says he gave “you more more insight into his wife” and “more personal anecdotes about his wife than you got all last week at the Republican National Convention.” Listen in on the conversation and the comparisons between what is being seen here at the DNC compared to last week’s Republican National Convention. On MSNBC.

Biden gets standing ovation on ‘Morning Joe’

Vice President Biden received a standing ovation on the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, ahead of his speech at the Democratic National Convention later in the day.

Co-host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, took to his feet and led the applause for Biden, which lasted more than 30 seconds, before the vice president’s interview.

The live audience, gathered inside an Irish pub in Philadelphia, chanted, “Joe! Joe! Joe!”

MSNBC political commentator Mike Barnicle also stood and applauded, and co-host Mika Brzezinski briefly stood as well.

“It’s amazing what happens when you announce you’re not running for president,” Biden quipped, leaning toward Scarborough, after the warm reception.

Biden gets standing ovation on 'Morning Joe'

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Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s possible political alliance with Russia

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.

Mike Barnicle on FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s moving speech at the DNC

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.

Mike Barnicle on Sanders supporters heckling the former DNC chair

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.

Mike Barnicle on the highs and lows of Day 1 of the DNC

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.

Mike Barnicle talks with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney about police relations

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.

Mike Barnicle on Vladamir Putin’s possible intrusion in the U.S. political...

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.

Mike Barnicle: “The job is to elect Hillary Clinton.”

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.

Mike Barnicle on the recent email scandal involving DNC head Debbie Wasserman Sc...

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.

How Politico is covering the 2016 political conventions

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).

How Politico is covering the 2016 political conventions

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For The Daily Beast: Donald Trump to Ame...

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.”

Donald Trump to America: Be Afraid, Very Afraid. And Then Vote For Me.

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“We are not weaklings in the world. We just are not.”

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.

Americans in despair “want to feel a little hope for their children.”...

Americans in despair "want to feel a little hope for their children."

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.

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