Entries from Mar 2020
The lack of widespread testing for COVID-19

“Every doctor tells you testing, testing, testing; that’s the most critical component. But when we’re testing NBA players before we’re testing nurses who are working every day, police officers working every day, public safety officials out there, EMTs working every day, there’s something wrong with our priorities,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mike Brzezinski and Jonathan Lemire about President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in the US and the lack of widespread testing available here.

Walking Dead actor has difficulty getting COVID-19 tested

“Walking Dead” actor Daniel Newman joined Morning Joe remotely this morning to talk with Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle about his difficulty in obtaining a COVID-19 test after having mild symptoms and having been exposed to the life-threatening virus. Hear the conversation and read his New York Times op-ed: https://nyti.ms/2UAgwJg

AMA calls on POTUS to address medical supply shortages

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Dr. Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association, discuss the widespread shortage of medical supplies in America amid the coronavirus pandemic. “How is it that given the warnings and the signs…from November and December: How is it that these hospitals, so many of them are without critical things like face masks?” asks Barnicle.

“Fact-based truth” needed to fight COVID-19

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about President Donald Trump not “aggressively” trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 in America, our need for “fact-based truth” from public officials and “total buy in from the American public.” Says Barnicle: “But it’s hard to get total buy in from the American public when the people, the person, asking for that total buy in is Donald Trump who has spent 40 months dividing the country….We’ve all gone back and looked at the talk of the past four, five weeks: ‘Hoaxes, it’s a myth, it’s going to go away, only 15 people have it,’ all of that. We have to fight ourselves and put that in the background because there’s a vehicle to take care of all the lies and all the incompetence that the American public has been dealt. And that vehicle is called an election, and it’s held in November.”

Coronavirus Update

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with contributor Mike Barnicle and Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the John Hopkins Center for Health Security, about the measures and precautions that are being taken or need to be taken to handle the global pandemic coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Hear more of the conversation now about the reality of hospital bed availability and other current concerns.

Biden: Knocked Down but Not Out

“Joe is Joe. He does get up off the mat. He’s done it repeatedly throughout his life. And again, harkening back to South Carolina: I think one of the big things that people saw who were on the fence about Joe given his losses in Iowa and in New Hampshire was—the first thing they saw quite visibly, quite emotionally on television, which is like a national MRI—they saw humanity, and it’s been missing in the Oval Office since January 20th, 2017….Joe, you know this better than anybody—you’ve been on the ballot. Politics is a people business at its root. And I think you saw hundreds and thousands of people coming out coast to coast—Democrats—and one thing ruled above all: They are not willing to roll the dice on the future of this country by wasting a vote. They want to win. They want someone who can beat Donald Trump, and I think many of them feel strongly now that in Joe Biden they have that candidate,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Joe Scarborough about the resiliency of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden after he was “knocked down” in the New Hampshire primary and is “pulling himself back up” with a huge victory on Super Tuesday.

Biden is Back

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle about presidential candidate Joe Biden’s “shocking” victory on Super Tuesday as the former vice president racked up big wins in delegate-rich states like Texas, North Carolina and Virginia while establishing himself as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination despite his very slow start to the 2020 primary and caucus season. “It was incredible. I’ve never heard of anything like it. I don’t think any of us have ever heard of anything like it….(Voters) saw his humanity. They saw the fact that he’s a candidate with purpose and they came back to him,” says Barnicle about Biden’s huge triumph on Super Tuesday. Join the conversation here.

Barnicle on Chris Matthews’ Resignation

“Where do I go now at 7 o’clock at night for an honest, heart-on-my-sleeve reaction to politics in America, not just electoral politics today, but the politics of every day? Where do I go? My friend, your friend, Chris Matthews is not dead. He has retired from Hardball, but he will still be around, and I hope to see him as a guest many times right here on Morning Joe. But, the thing that I fear most, Joe, about what happened yesterday—Chris’s resignation, is it opens the door further to an element in our culture that I find disturbing. No matter how valid the complaints were or may have been about Chris, there’s a sense of easy outrage in this country that is fed largely by Twitter sometimes, and the outrage quickly becomes toxic, and that toxic outrage has the opportunity, the chance, and often results in something that we saw last night—Chris’s resignation,” says Barnicle about the bigger picture behind Hardball host Chris Matthews’ abrupt resignation and the need for society to “pump the brakes on the easily obtained outrage and live our lives.”

Joe Biden’s Entry into the Race

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, John Heilemann, and Mike Barnicle as they preview Super Tuesday, including how presidential candidate Joe Biden will fare on the day when the greatest number of states hold their primary elections and caucuses after the former vice president’s blowout victory in the South Carolina primary. “Suddenly, after Saturday in South Carolina, it was as if Joe Biden had made his entry into the presidential race. Massive amounts of free media that he got on Saturday, Sunday, yesterday, and including this morning. And what happened in that free media? Joe Biden looked like an ordinary empathetic, humble, compassionate human being. A striking contrast to the President of the United States, and I think a lot of people paid attention to it. They saw him. They like him. They liked him anyway and they liked him even more after they see him in these settings. So, what happens today? Nobody knows what’s going to happen today, but I would expect that he will have a much, much, much better day today than he ever dreamed of having last Friday,” says Barnicle as he gives his prediction for Biden on Super Tuesday. Join the conversation here.