Entries from Oct 2020
America’s toxicity

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and the Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes about how the American sociopolitical landscape has become ever more divided, polarized and toxic under President Donald Trump. “We are about to have another election and Donald Trump again is on the ballot and again millions of Americans will vote for him. So, from your point of view, what does that say about the United States of America today?” Listen to Beddoes’ response here.

“America” is on the ballot

“We are on the ballot next Tuesday. America is on the ballot. The idea of what this country is all about: What you think it’s all about, Joe, what I think it’s all about, what people have always felt America was all about—that’s on the ballot,” said Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during this conversation with host Joe Scarborough about President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects as COVID-19 continues to ravage the country. “What’s going on in America? We’ve got to answer that question. We’ve got to deal with that question.”

COVID-19 v. Donald Trump

“The virus is certainly a huge issue, but Trump is a bigger issue—and the exhaustion factor. People are tired of this. They want their lives back and they want their country back,” said Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle about the troubled re-election campaign of President Donald Trump with only days left before Election Night.

Who are Trump’s voters?

“How could you vote for Donald Trump if you see how he behaves, if you see what kind of a human being he has been, how he has reacted to people, and how he has been focusing on cruelty—separating children from their parents,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this conversation with host Mika Brzezinski about who President Donald Trump’s voters are, just more than a week before the presidential election between incumbent Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

How to reform the DOJ

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with host Joe Scarborough, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about a bipartisan plan offered up by a Justice Department official from the George W. Bush Administration and a White House counsel under President Barack Obama for reforming the Department of Justice in an effort to “isolate and insulate” the federal executive department against taint by politics, campaigns and corruption following the era of President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.

Biden’s campaign reflects the candidate

“We live now in an age where on this program and other programs and in print all over America people write newspaper columns and editorials over the year and they say: ‘You know, is this who we really are as Americans?’ Well, it’s not who we really are and what’s going on right now, but it’s who we’re slowly becoming: Loud, and brash, and arrogant, and vituperative, damaging each other, attacking each other. That’s not what people want. People want this country calmed down, and that ad gets to it in a very powerful way,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about a new campaign advertisement, narrated by Sam Elliott for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which premiered during Game 1 of the World Series just two weeks before Election Day. You can see the ad here.

The World Series starts now

“I would think that on the whole, the series will go to the Dodgers for one reason above all: That is the Dodgers can really hit. The Rays are offensively sometimes challenged, but we’ll see,” says Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle as host Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist and Claire McCaskill preview the 2020 MLB World Series between the two best teams in baseball: the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Trump v. Fauci

“There are 220,000 Americans who are dead today – dead – and it’s not because people are tired of the pandemic. People are tired of the incompetence that the pandemic has been met with and the incompetence stems from Donald Trump’s handling of the virus,” says Morning Joe contributor Mike Barnicle during this conversation with host Mika Brzezinski following President Trump’s continued public attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and the media, amid the coronavirus outbreak that continues to ravage the country just two weeks from the presidential election.

Barnicle and Giridharadas discuss the media ecosystem

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and writer/MSNBC political analyst Anand Giridharadas discuss the media ecosystem, and in particular Fox News, and what voters regard as “true, salient facts.” Hear Giridharadas’ estimation that the majority of Trump voters are not living in reality but in a “castle of fantasy.” Watch the conversation here.

The President vs. everyday Americans

“The reality is—we all know what the reality is—Donald Trump can only see himself. He does not see the people in the audience. He does not understand their plight. He does not understand the reality that they could obviously get the virus and be in tremendous physical difficulty,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist about President Donald Trump’s false claims about a “cure” for coronavirus amid the huge gap in care available to the president and everyday Americans who are faced with growing numbers of infections, costly medical bills and rising unemployment. “There’s a huge difference between the two and Donald Trump just doesn’t get that difference.”

Coronavirus front and center in election

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle about how the coronavirus pandemic is at the center of this upcoming presidential election between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, with record numbers of Americans infected and facing huge COVID health bills at a time when unemployment is on the rise. Americans “live in fear and anxiety of who is coming to help, and thus far, nobody has come to help,” says Barnicle about the Trump Administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

Trump’s chances for re-election

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle as they discuss President Donald Trump’s chances for re-election amid the coronavirus pandemic with less than three weeks to Election Day. “The facts are grim and grizzly: America is number one—ladies and gentlemen—we’re number one in the number of infections from the disease and we’re number one in the number of deaths from the disease thus far. The disease is not going away. The virus is not going away. It’s been handled terribly, incompetent by guess who? The man standing in front of those rallies, Donald J. Trump, and he can’t deal with it…I think he knows he’s losing and you have to be really, really out of it not to know that. So, this is what he’s left with: A pile of delusion, fantasy, and the hope that what he’s looking at out in Johnstown, Pennsylvania…that he can recreate 2016. It doesn’t look like he can,” says Barnicle about President Trump’s re-election chances.