Entries from Jun 2016
Mike Barnicle on the polarization of Donald Trump

On Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle and Mark Halperin discuss recent polls taken show that the GOP is less united behind Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump now than in May. With 51% of Republicans going on record saying that they prefer a different nominee, Barnicle brings up the concept of the polarization of Trump in terms of his public representation. Throughout the campaign and in his speeches, Trump has been known to do one of two things: stand behind the podium and read the teleprompter or go “off the rails.” Hear what ramifications are possible with such division within the Republican Party.

Mike Barnicle on the recent attacks in Turkey

Mike Barnicle and a panel of experts on MSNBC’s Morning Joe speak with Graeme Wood, contributing editor for The Atlantic, regarding the recent attacks in Turkey. Preliminary reports say that the attack “fits the ISIS profile” and Barnicle asks if there is any potential relation between this attack and the recent deal between Turkey and Israel. Hear more of the discussion here.

Mike Barnicle on one of the biggest challenges of running for any office

On Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the panel discuss one of the biggest challenges of running for any office – most of all the Presidency. “Perhaps the most humbling aspect (for a candidate) is to get on the phone and ask somebody for money. That is not (Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump.” Hear the conversation about what the Morning Joe panelists would expect from Trump after he received a “no” from a potential donor to his campaign. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on “Trump’s exercise in self-funding”

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle speaks with MSNBC’s Political Correspondent Kasie Hunt and the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign strategy choices, specifically “Trump’s exercise in self-funding,” and how that stands to impact the rest of his campaign moving forward. Hear the discussion here on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle on Donald Trump’s financial standing and funding options

How “can [Donald Trump] find someone or listen to someone who will make him adhere to a daily message discipline that will stop getting him in constant trouble?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on MSNBC’s Morning Joe during the discussion of the current financial standing and funding options for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Barnicle also raises the important point that Trump has reached a pivot point in his campaign both on an operational level and on a personal level. Listen in on the continuing developments and ongoing discussion of election 2016.

Mike Barnicle on the apparent lack of editing seen in Trump’s presidential campa...

Does Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump understand that he might be overstepping his boundaries through his statements made to the press and on social media after the horrific shooting at an Orlando night club? asks Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the apparent lack of editing seen in Trump’s presidential campaign. Listen to the MSNBC conversation and what the panelists have to say regarding Trump’s “word vomit.”

Mark Halperin joins Morning Joe and speaks with Mike Barnicle

Mark Halperin, co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, joins Morning Joe and speaks with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about rumors of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s willingness to sell his campaign for the right price. Halperin discusses the potential for a Trump exit strategy and the larger implications of this for him as a candidate and for his campaign as a whole stating that he “has to get away from these sidebar things.” To which, Barnicle asks: “When was the last time you heard him talk about the country?” Hear the rest of the conversation here on MSNBC’s Morning Joe segment.

Mike Barnicle highlights the “over the top” rhetoric of Donald Trump

Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle highlights the “over the top” rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying his recent comments about President Barack Obama have been overshadowed in the constant 24/7 news cycle. “He comes perilously close to accuse a sitting president of the United States, Barack Obama, of treason.” Hear more of what Donald Trump is saying and how voters are reacting. Only on MSNBC.

Mike Barnicle discusses the latest status of Donald Trump’s campaign

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and veteran columnist Mike Barnicle discuss the status of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign and the ground he has been losing as of late. Says Barnicle: “I think Donald Trump has done himself great damage over the past couple of weeks….Looking like a madcap …and by some of the rhetoric…especially the other morning when he he went after the President of the United States.” Hear the rest of the conversation on Election 2016.

Mike Barnicle on the lack of momentum to strengthen gun check laws

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon discusses the lack of momentum to strengthen gun check laws in the wake of the Orlando night club attack. According to an October 2015 CBS poll, 92 percent of Americans favored background checks, as did 87 percent of Republicans polled. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says: “This is a 9 and 10 issue, even for Republicans.” Veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle explains: “It’s not a 9 and 10 issue in the United States Senate. 54 Republican Senators voted against the right for the FBI to arrest people on the watch list trying to buy a gun. They rejected it the day after (the shooting) in San Bernardino.” Watch the rest of the conversation here.

Mike Barnicle weighs in on gun control and policy

Following Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declaring, “We have an incompetent administration” in response to the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Night Club, MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle weighs in on the ongoing Trump discussion and says that statements such as this should be “disqualifying in terms of anyone who wants to lead this country and to be president of the United States.” Listen to the rest of the discussion and how these recent events could impact the positions of the respective candidates on gun control, immigration, and anti-terrorist measures.

Mike Barnicle on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump going into the general electio...

On Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, Mike Barnicle and John Heilemann discuss whether Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump can claim the advantage going into the effective first day of the general election. A Fox News poll shows Clinton leading Trump 42 percent to 39 percent. While Trump’s strength among Republicans and men continues to grow, does the Trump campaign need to be worried? Says Barnicle: “I don’t think the Trump campaign people have factored into the equation that there aren’t enough white men in America to elect him president of the United States.”

For The Daily Beast: The Real Reason We ...

In his latest column for The Daily Beast, Mike Barnicle weighs in on the amazing life of the late, great Muhammad Ali and fondly recalls one day 36 years ago, when he spent a day with The Greatest Of All Time. “Muhammad Ali is dead. Who he was and is, a complete man in full, complicated, courageous, charming, multi-dimensional, remains quite alive.” Read the entire column here: “The Real Reason We Will Miss Muhammad Ali”

The Real Reason We Will Miss Muhammad Ali







Jun 9, 1980

Ali had a cold. It had kept him up most of the night and now, just past 7 on Saturday morning, he was sitting in the kitchen of his friend, George Butler, in Marblehead, holding a bottle of pills in the palm of his hand. “One every 12 hours,” he mumbled. “Think I can remember that?” “Want some orange juice, Muhammad?” Butler asked.

“Yeah, orange juice,” Ali answered. “And some ice. Got some ice?”

Ali poured the orange juice over the ice cubes. He placed the pill in his mouth and swallowed after the first sip of the drink. Time and things like common colds are now his enemy.

He is 38, this phenomenon of our age. He is, perhaps, the most famous, the most easily recognizable figure in the world. His name – Ali – summons a hundred different emotions whenever and wherever it is mentioned. Three different times he has been heavyweight champion of the world. But he has been much more.

“I don’t have no boss,” Ali was saying. “I don’t have to call no one. I’m a free agent. I do what I wanna do. And my purpose is to teach; to be the first black man that got big. And I’m the biggest thing on earth. I know that. And I’m free.

“When I went to Russia, I went in to see Brezhnev and he got up from his desk and came over and put his arms around me. He says, I been waitin’ to meet you for a long time. All the Russian people know you. And the next day, when I went back to see him, he had his grandchildren there and he says, They know you too.”‘

Ali has marched through history with a grace that knows no time and a style that has conceded nothing to the events around him. He threw away his Olympic gold medal. He changed his name when he found religion. He refused to be drafted during the war in Vietnam. And he kept on fighting and talking; talking and fighting. He has spent 187 nights ducking quick lefts and right hands full of thunder to either defend or get the championship of heavyweights. Now, there are some who say that all of this has taken its toll and Ali suffers from brain damage.

“Could be,” he said, when asked about a doctor’s theory. “Anytime you get knocked out, even for a few seconds, there’s probably brain damage.

“But all that talk’s just people tryin’ to discredit me. Tryin’ to make people think I’m off so they don’t listen to me. But I know that God has got me here for something special. When I was in Russia, I realized there was something divine about my life. A black man in Russia. Imagine that.”

He checked his watch and saw it was almost eight in the morning. Later in the day, Harvard was going to honor him by making Ali an honorary member of the Class of l975. The school had only done that once before, in l930, for Walter Lippmann. “Make sure they mention that,” Ali said.

“Who’s the greatest man you ever met?” Ali was asked as he played with a cup of tea.

“Elijah Muhammad,” he said right away. “He took a whole nation and made them people. People who used to call themselves Negroes, he changed them to callin’ themselves black.

“Why were we called negroes? Is there a country called negro? Chinese, they come from China. Cubans called Cubans cause they come from Cuba. Germans from Germany. French from France. What country’s called Negro. He made us proud. He taught us.

“A black cup of coffee is a strong cup. Black earth is rich earth. Allah made me a world wonder. Allah made me millions. I gave up a lot too. I gave up my title. I fought against the white man’s war in Vietnam. I did this by myself and I was right.

“You say, Anything scare you, Ali?’ What could scare me? I had my jaw broken in a ring. Look at this,” he said, holding up his fist. “You know what would happen to your head if I hit you with this? Vietnam. Gettin’ drafted. Scared of what? What could scare me after all the things I done. Only thing I’m scared of is Allah and his punishment. I’m a spiritual man.

“Superstar don’t mean shit to me. I don’t care about discos. No stuff like that. God made this planet and he created a fighter for God. That’s me.

“And I do what I wanna do. No one could talk like this. That’s my purpose, to talk and to teach. Sure, I played the fool sometimes and they paid me millions to do it.”

Over in the corner of Butler’s kitchen, Howard Bingham, a close friend of Ali and Abdul Rahman, who travels with the champion, had gotten up from the table. Ali’s wife, Veronica, had come downstairs just as three students from Harvard arrived at the house to escort the man into Cambridge.

One of the students was named George Jackson. Jackson grew up in Harlem around Lenox Avenue. His father changes tires and his mother works at the Amsterdam News and the son, being smart and very good at football, just graduated from Harvard on Thursday.

“What’s your name?” Ali asked George Jackson. “George Jackson,” the champion was told.

“Why don’t you use your real name,” Ali wanted to know. “Get a book of history and pick out your pretty name, your name that means something. Now I’m not talkin’ racism. I’m talkin’ truth.”

“Maybe I will,” Jackson said.

“You went to Harvard huh?” Ali wanted to know. “That’s right,” Jackson answered.

“Well you not as dumb as you look then. That’s real good. You gonna make something of yourself. But you oughta use your real name. I bet all your life people was tellin’ you you’d never be nothing.”

“My whole life,” George Jackson said. “Until Thursday.”

“That’s good brother,” said Muhammad Ali. “That’s real good.”