Entries from Aug 2019
POTUS: “He has normalized bizarre”

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s “extraordinary” behavior. “That’s our problem—he has normalized bizarre, illegal, extraordinary behavior. And unfortunately for us—and you just alluded to this in his behavior toward Puerto Rico, the tweets toward Puerto Rico—this is the first time in the history of this country that a president of the United States focuses on revenge rather than healing. And he does it multiple times a day,” says Barnicle. Hear more of the discussion only on MSNBC.

Trump and Un: Mismatch

Listen in on the conversation among Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle with Victor Cha, the Center for Strategic and International Studies senior advisor and Korea Chair, about President Donald Trump’s capability in dealing with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, following a report that shows North Korea may be building a submarine capable of launching nuclear missiles. “As an expert on this, are you comfortable with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, sitting down with Kim Jong Un? Is this not a mismatch?” asks Barnicle. Hear Cha’s answer about the lack of progress coming from the president’s three meeting with Un and how those meetings might legitimize Un, who he describes as “the worst human rights violator in the world.”

A Return to Normalcy?

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and Eddie Glaude Jr. and as they discuss former Vice President Joe Biden being the “return to normalcy” candidate in the 2020 presidential election, following the release of a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll for the 2020 Democratic nomination that shows Biden in first place while Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are a distant second and third place, respectively. “(If) you listen to people as they talk about the various candidates they’ve seen, there’s a longing among ordinary people out shopping in a shopping mall or putting gas in their car to just calm everything down in this country. And I think that might be a point of strength for the former Vice President,” says Barnicle. Hear more of the conversation here.

“Trump’s Obama Envy”

“I guess we’re in a stage now where people don’t realize that history never stops,” said Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Joe Scarborough and Washington Post associate editor Eugene Robinson about President Donald Trump’s performance at the G7 Summit in France, where he openly criticized his predecessor, President Barack Obama. “You had an odd portrait—a mixture of resentment and envy on Trump’s part talking about Barack Obama….But you also seem to have a very dangerous portrait of instability for the first time really on the world stage this year and the portrait is of Donald J. Trump.” Hear more of the conversation about the G7 Summit and Robinson’s latest column on “Trump’s Obama Envy.”

Latest on Dems running for President

Listen in on the conversation among Morning Joe’s Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle with Boston Globe reporter James Pindell about the status of the Democrats running for President: What’s expected for former Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, and how the other candidates are faring as they work to qualify for the upcoming, third Democratic debate. Only on MSNBC.

Who pays for the trade wars?

“Consumers are finding out that (President Donald) Trump’s talk on tariffs and how China is picking up the tab for all of the tariffs is blatantly false. You’re going back-to-school shopping for your children, ok, (and) sneakers that cost ninety bucks in June now cost ninety-five bucks because guess what: We’re picking up the tab on the tariff, on the trade wars that are so easy to win for Donald Trump,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe during a conversation with Joe Scarborough about the current status of the U.S. economy.

Barnicle on POTUS: “It’s all self-involvement”

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle talk with PBS NewsHour’s White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor about President Donald Trump continuing to accuse Jewish voters of disloyalty if they voted for Democrats. Says Barnicle: “The President of the United States in where he is speaking about Jewish people in America, American citizens, as if they are a separate category. He’s put them to one side. And he’s using them as a political tool because it’s all about him. It’s all self-involvement, everything that he says is all self-involvement.”

POTUS’ Foreign Relations

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Jon Meacham and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump’s foreign relations and the Foundering Fathers’ concerns on this issue. “We’ve seen collectively a remarkable portrait of instability and incompetence on parade from the President of United States talking about events that are current, that are dangerous, that are affecting the lives not only of American citizens, but are affecting our relations with countries around the globe….We’ve seen the videos this morning of his behavior and his rhetoric. This is, I think, getting worse by the day,” says Barnicle about Trump’s presidency. Join the conversation here.

Fox and Trump: Incendiary words

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters discuss a front page story about the paper’s investigation that revealed the El Paso shooter’s hate-filled manifesto echoed the incendiary words of President Donald Trump as well as of conservative media stars. “There is also a very short timeline in many instances between the number of times that these words have been used on Fox…and sometimes a very short timeline between that language, that type of language, and tweets from the President of the United States directly reflecting the language,” says Barnicle. Hear more of the conversation and read the New York Times’ article here: https://nyti.ms/2YBWcMu

The death of Jeffrey Epstein

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about the death of Jeffrey Epstein—the financier charged with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy—in an apparent suicide at a federal jail in Manhattan, which has brought forth much speculation and conspiracy theories. “We need answers as soon as today, and unfortunately, DOJ has been very, very slow getting off the mark here in providing the American public with answers. This is both outrageous, unbelievable, and it tempts people to thinking that the worst has happened—that government is never on the level; and this is just going to be a full-blown conspiracy cloud that needs to be put to rest immediately,” says Barnicle. Join the discussion here.

Barnicle: “This is who we are”

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Clint Watts and Mike Barnicle as they discuss the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that have left at least 29 people dead and the “violent rhetoric” in America under President Donald Trump. Says Barnicle about President Trump: “His language of license lingers in the air like the smell of cordite around mass shootings. That’s a fact. Unfortunately, we will today and we’ve already heard yesterday, one public person after another saying: ‘This is not who we are’ in speaking of the shootings. The sad fact is: This is who we are. This is actually who we are and who we have become….We have these one-man armies of white nationalists. We live in a nation awash with guns—more than 290 million weapons, but that’s just part of it…There is something deeply, deeply wrong in this country.” Join the conversation here.