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Morning Joe Final Thoughts

As the Morning Joe panelists share their “final thoughts” of the morning, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle says: “The American story is now being told not by the President of the United States, but by the American military, by prominent business people, by public people who are willing to stand up and speak about what this country is all about.” Hear also from The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, NBC News’ Kasie Hunt and Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough here.

Teaching American History to Americans

“You know, Mayor Pugh, the Civil War ended in 1865. One hundred years later in August of 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in America – 100 years. And the statues now are coming down in specific cities: Baltimore, Charlottesville. But it strikes me, and I’m wondering if it strikes you, that it’s an amazing indictment of how we do not teach American history – what really happened in this country – to grammar school students, high school students, college students, and American adults. We don’t teach our own history,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh during a conversation about the lack of knowledge and understanding of Americans of their own country’s history. Listen to Pugh’s thoughts about how moving the country forward requires a focus on equality and inclusiveness.

Trump Twitter Wars Continue

During the Morning Joe panel discussion about President Donald Trump lashing out at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Twitter for criticizing POTUS’ remarks on the race-related violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains two things: “Angela Merkel is the leader of the West now. She is the strongest leader of the West. And Trump’s tweet against Lindsey Graham indicates again his insecurity and resentment about the election — that he lost the popular vote.” Hear more of the discussion from MSNBC.

The Open Wound of Race in America

As the Morning Joe panel talks about the fallout after President Donald Trump’s remarks in response to the race-related violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle asks rhetorically: “What is the one open wound throughout American history? Race. So, what is the job of the President, any president? Is it to help soothe that wound, heal that wound or to poke it, and prod it, and open it even wider?” Listen in on the conversation here.

America’s Dark Days

“In these darkest hours of these truly dark days, America comes out like the sunshine comes up every morning. It comes out from the pulpit of that church yesterday where a victim’s mother speaks as eloquently and as meaningfully as she did about the death of her daughter — something I don’t think any of us can really comprehend as parents. It comes out when members of the American military issue statements in support of what this country is all about: Equality, lack of prejudice. America comes out when you see the business council saying: `This is just a bit too much for us.’ And they issue statements. It does not come out, unfortunately, in the words of the President of the United States. But the optimism about…the brightness of America (and) we’ve seen it displayed in the past 24 hours. It’s stronger and more powerful than anything that Donald Trump has said thus far,” explains Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, following the memorial service for Heather Heyer, the woman run down and killed by a Dodge Challenger with a neo-Nazi at the wheel. Watch highlights of the memorial and conversation here.

Barnicle: It’s our country — not his

“Donald Trump yesterday refuted what he said on Monday because he felt forced to make that statement on Monday and he resented having to make that statement on Monday because it made him look weak. But Donald Trump is a strong man, and he’s going to stick to his beliefs. So, he stood up there yesterday and spoke from his own sense of inner strength. That’s what he gave the country: Enormous division, enormous ability for the right wing, Nazis, Ku Klux Klan people to say: “Yeah he’s my guy’,” said Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. “And the Republican legislators and Republican donors — forget them. This is about three things that all begin with C: Character, Courage and Country. It’s not about politics now. It’s about the country. Every president we’ve had, has been by definition of being a human being, has had flaws. No president has ever had flaws that so divide the country that we live in. It’s our country — not his.” Listen to more of the discussion here about the fallout from President Donald Trump’s impromptu news conference in New York where he blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side.

POTUS Defends White Supremacists

“This is a side show in a sense, the American Nazi party – the Nazis – in the streets in Charlottesville. Donald Trump is the deal: He gives them voice, he gives them strength, he gives them spine. He’s their President,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about white supremacists cheering President Donald Trump’s impromptu New York news conference, during which POTUS blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side. Listen to more of the discussion here about how POTUS has empowered Neo-Nazis and white supremacists with his words.

Barnicle: Hold The President Accountable

“This is a resilient country. We have survived, gotten up off the floor after assassinations, during wars, after terrorist attacks, after natural disasters; but, what happened yesterday was quite different. What happened yesterday because of the nature of the media and all of the tools we have available to us today, will live forever….You’ll see and remember the President of the United States pouring words like salt on open wounds of race, of class, of gender, of income inequality. You’ll see the President of the United States not only diminishing the office, but diminishing himself by misconstruing history, which he certainly has not read and certainly does not understand,” says Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during the panel discussion about President Trump’s impromptu news conference in New York where he blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists with the “alt-left” on the other side. “What we ought to be talking about is the country and the people who represent the country in Washington D.C. because now it’s up to them. What are they going to do? Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, tweeted last night without mentioning the President’s name. Put his name on it, Mr. Speaker. It was the President. Put his name on it and do something about it.”

POTUS Pressured to Part with Bannon

“The wild card in this is General John Kelly’s role as Chief of Staff and…he would view an assault on the character and the integrity of a three-star general, H.R. McMaster – his friend – as nearly treasonous. That’s a wildcard that Donald Trump just would simply not understand,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as the panel talks about the Trump Administration struggle between White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, following reports that POTUS suspects Bannon is behind the leaks to the media that target McMaster.

Barnicle: Trump ‘Ceded’ His Moral Authority

While the Morning Joe panel analyzes President Donald Trump’s delayed rebuke of the hate groups involved in the violence and bigotry that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, senior contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “The pace of the media and the culture today has been accelerated, and it is accelerated every single day. This might be a moment to pump the brakes — to stop, and pause, and think about what just happened to the Presidency. The President of the United States ceded his moral authority on Saturday. He could not define or distinguish the different between protests and Nazis – Nazis – on the streets of an American city fomenting a riot. This is not the American story that we’re witnessing. This is a selfish, inward, destructive story that’s taking place and the President’s voice is lacking. And the President has decided not to lead, but to follow, and to follow what and who, we really don’t know. But, it’s not good….I’m an optimist by nature. This country has survived much — it’s prospered greatly. One of the jobs of the President – any President – is to recognize something that people in this country do recognize. There are open wounds in this country: Open wounds of race, of economic disparity, of class disparity. A President’s job is to heal those wounds, not allow the wounds to fester, and poke at the wounds, and probe them, and open even further fissures in the wounds.” Listen to more of the discussion here.

POTUS: Approval Ratings Hit New Low

“Kristen is there a number out there – 33, 32, 29 – that in September if that number is that number that more Republicans would say, ‘Hey, we got to take a look at what’s going on here and walk away from this guy,’ at the expense, perhaps, of some of the agenda?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson as the panel analyzes President Donald Trump’s approval rating falling to 34 percent in the latest Gallup Poll, marking a new low for POTUS. Listen to Soltis Anderson’s explanation that there’s no good way to spin these numbers.

Donald Trump the Conservative

As Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, MSNBC senior contributor Mike Barnicle, The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters and Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann discuss the role of Fox News and the definition of conservatism today, Barnicle explains: “Twenty years is a snap of a finger in terms of history, but within that 20 years, and especially the accelerant of the last three or four years has changed both the nature of conservatism in this country, the definition of conservatism, and many of the legitimate principals of conservatism. And now it seems that conservatism is defined, actually, by the presence, and the voice, and the thoughts – if there are some – of Donald J. Trump.” Listen in on the differing opinions on whether Trump is a conservative here.

POTUS Needs a Shiny New Object

The Morning Joe discussion shifts to the temperament of President Donald J. Trump, referencing a column by the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson that begs for a “shiny new object” as a distraction for the Commander in Chief. Asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle: “Gene, one of the things that you continually hear when you speak to people in Washington, whether it’s within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), or any of the intelligence agencies, or a certain select few people in The White House: The one thing that concerns them most, above all else, is the erratic behavior of the President of the United States — something they have no gauge for, can’t control, and can’t predict.” Tune in to more of the conversation here on MSNBC.

The “Woe is Me” Presidency

In discussing President Donald J. Trump’s press conference at his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle explains: “It’s a theme that he has perfected, and it’s not the Art of the Deal. It’s the President of the United States outlining the “art of victimization” — and he is always the victim. He’s always the victim in everything that occurs that’s negative about his presidency, everything that can’t get done, everything that he doesn’t participate in — in the way a president ought to participate in — like the health care legislation. It’s victimization. It’s, ‘woe is me. Why did they do this to me?” Listen to more of the discussion on President Trump here with Joe Scarborough and John Heilemann. Only on MSNBC.

North Korean Crisis

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and the panel discuss President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, over-reliant on force, and the escalating nuclear crisis with North Korea. “What’s our reaction to a test missile run that the Defense Department and the intelligence agencies say, ‘hey, wow, it’s up and it’s nuclear tipped.’ What do we do then? That’s our problem. That’s the world’s problem,” comments Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle. Listen to more of the discussion here.

Manafort Mistreated?

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle speaks with Washington D.C. attorney Mark Zaid, who specializes in cases involving national security, about President Trump’s lawyer protesting the treatment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose Alexandria, Virginia, condominium was recently raided by the FBI as part of the Russia investigation. “John Dowd is not representing Paul Manafort. Is this not kind of odd that someone else’s lawyer is speaking on behalf of Paul Manafort?” asks Barnicle of Zaid. Hear what Zaid has to say about the case here. On MSNBC.

Chaos: “Unmatched in Presidential History”

“You saw a level of chaos that’s been unmatched in presidential history,” says Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle while the panel reviews President Donald Trump’s “bizarre” day in the press, where he doubled down on his “fire and fury” threat to North Korea and further criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “You saw a President of the United States literally trying to goad an unstable regime into doing something completely crazy that would change our world forever. You saw a President of the United States who clearly doesn’t understand the concept of legislating in Washington D.C. — that you do need, at some level, at some point, a friend to help you….You saw a president alienate huge parts of his own party, if he does have a party. You saw a level of selfishness and self-absorption on the part of the President of the United States — it’s unmatched in history…So, this is schoolyard stuff from the President of the United States.” Listen in on more of the conversation here.

Trump v. McConnell

“Does Donald Trump need Mitch McConnell?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein as the panel discusses President Donald Trump’s public criticism of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Republican Party’s failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Listen to the conversation about the status of the Trump White House and Stein’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

More on Trump’s “Fire and Fury”

Listen in on Morning Joe as senior contributor Mike Barnicle and The Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius discuss President Donald Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea. “In talking to people in Washington…I was struck by their fear that this is less-than-rational behavior coming out of the Oval Office — not the White House — but the Oval Office. Their fear is that the accidental start of a war could easily occur,” says Barnicle, who recommends the President read – or at least listen to – John Hersey’s classic “Hiroshima,” which tells what happened on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city, told through the memories of survivors.

We Cannot Do this Attack Alone

“David, what role did the President’s incendiary comments play…in the North Koreans seemingly ratcheting up very quickly their response with regard attacking Guam?” asks Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle of The Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius as the panel talks about the escalating nuclear crisis with North Korea, following President Donald Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea. Listen to Ignatius’ response here and why “we cannot do this attack alone.”