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Barnicle on GOP’s Trump “fear”

“(Donald) Trump runs this country down almost daily with one comment or another, one text or another. He runs the military down constantly and continually,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough about the “stupid” statements made about the military by the GOP, as “they go along with this slander. It’s political slander.”

AI Senate hearing brings Republicans and Democrats together

ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) about the strong bipartisanship that emerged during the Senate panel hearing on the potential risks of artificial intelligence that Blumenthal kicked off with a cloned recording of his own voice. “If you closed your eyes, you probably couldn’t have told whether it was a Republican or Democrat asking the question or making making comments,” said Blumenthal. “And if you closed your eyes at the beginning of the hearing, you couldn’t have told that we were playing a voice clone of myself in introducing the hearing. It was eerie, even creepy….I think that it is one of the more scary moments in the United States Senate hearing history.”

America is not a rear-view country

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they discuss former President Donald Trump and his allies targeting and misrepresenting the function of the FBI, after special counsel John Durham, appointed by then-Attorney General William Barr, concluded at the end of a multi-year investigation that the FBI should not have launched a full investigation into connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. “America is looking forward, going ahead. This is all rear-view mirror stuff. I don’t know how they (Republicans) thrive on this politically. I really don’t,” says Barnicle about the Durham report. Watch the conversation here.

The path forward for the US and China

Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle and retired Adm. James Stavridis about how the United States should approach its complicated relationship with China as the superpower rivalry between the two nations continues.

“She’s irrelevant to the conversation,” Barnicle on Nikki Haley

“The interesting thing is, we are doing now something that nobody else in America is doing: talking about Nikki Haley. I mean, she’s irrelevant to the conversation really, and she’s proven her irrelevance each and every day, each and every time she opens her mouth,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle as Mika Brzezinski and the Morning Joe panel discusses Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley—struggling to gain traction among GOP voters ahead of the primary elections—having suggested that President Joe Biden, 80, is likely to die in office if he is re-elected.

A possible 2024 rematch

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle as they analyze and discuss the possible rematch in the 2024 presidential election between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. “Joe Biden is going to beat Donald Trump. He’s going to beat him like a drum….I don’t know how a guy goes to the country running for president of the United States who almost certainly will be carrying federal obstruction of justice charges against him, plus a couple other charges probably….How do you go to the country and win the presidency? I don’t see it,” says Barnicle about Trump, who was recently indicted in New York on more than 30 counts related to business fraud.

President Joe Biden knows what he’s doing

“He has the humility of an ordinary person….and he is very confident in his role as president. He knows what he’s doing. If people don’t think he knows what he’s doing, I refer you to what’s going on in Ukraine today. Ukraine has more allies today than would have been unthought of two years ago. Joseph R. Biden pulled that alliance together,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski following President Biden’s official announcement that he will seek reelection. Watch the segment for more on Biden and his possible opponent in the in the 2024 presidential race.

President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection bid

Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle on President Joe Biden’s announcement of his 2024 bid for reelection: “His calmness, his deliberateness, his avoidance of calamity, his desire to calm this country down, and he’s going to walk us through it. He’s not going to run through it, and he’s going to be Joe Biden….He’s going to stand out in an age when people are yelling and screaming on both sides of the political aisle. And yet, here he is, ‘just the facts, ma’am’, calmly, deliberately, and pump the brakes on the riotous atmosphere that we cling to each and every day in the news,” says Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Claire McCaskill.

Federal approval of the abortion pill mifepristone

Join this Morning Joe panel discussion about the impacts of the decision by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, to order a hold on federal approval of the abortion pill mifepristone in a decision that overruled decades of scientific approval. “At ground level, what this means is: You’re taking something away from people—specifically women. You’re taking a right away that they have had for decades,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle.

The “gun virus” that cripples America

“Seemingly we cover these things at least once or twice a week in America. You heard the heart ache from survivors of people who were shot and killed in Louisville. We see it all the time. Because of the nature of the news business, it’s so quick and swift, and things happen so rapidly, we move on from one incident to another, from one news story to another. But the ache, the heartache and the loss that was expressed in the clip that we just showed, that lasts forever, it affects a community forever. And it’s inexplicable why, as you point out, largely the Republican Party is responsible for standing in the way of any substantive progress, even the smallest elements of progress, in terms of getting control of this virus that is crippling America, the gun virus. It is truly inexplicable. There’s no way you can talk about it…There’s no way you can understand what their motives are. Are they that afraid of one outfit, the National Rifle Association? I mean, it’s inexplicable,” says Barnicle about the Republican Party’s unwillingness to pass gun safety legislation in the wake of yet another mass shooting this week at a bank in Louisville, Kentucky, where a gunman opened fire and killed five people while injuring eight others, leaving multiple families devastated.

Trump’s praise for authoritarian regimes

Watch this Morning Joe discussion about former President Donald Trump having praised authoritarian figures: President Xi Jinping of China, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea, suggesting the three are “top of the line” leaders. Says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle: “He’s basically saying to people, ‘you’d be better off if you were living in Beijing, or Moscow, or somewhere in North Korea than you would be living in Chicago or Gardner, Massachusetts, or Lafayette, Louisiana. You would be better off anywhere, but living where you are now, because we don’t have top of the line people.’ And I’m wondering how long it takes, maybe forever, before other Republicans who are leaders in the Republican Party or ordinary Republican members of the House and the Senate to realize that this guy’s focus is not only on himself, but it’s also conjoined with running down the country that we live in and love.”

The case against former President Donald Trump

ICYMI: This Morning Joe conversation with MSNBC legal analyst Charles Coleman, veteran columnist Mike Barnicle, and the Rev. Al Sharpton the morning after the historic indictment against former President Donald Trump, accused not only of falsifying business records but of doing so with the explicit intent of covering up other crimes. “Not a great day for you, Donald,” said Sharpton. Watch the conversation here.

Elementary school children in peril

“If you want to witness one of the cruelest changes in our country over the last, I don’t care, 50 or 100 years, take a morning off, Joe, get in your car and follow a school bus, an elementary school bus, and look at the parents as they watch their kids board the bus because you know some of them, maybe most of them are thinking, ‘oh, God, please let my child return home safely from elementary school,’ from elementary school,” says veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle about the parents of young children in America during this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) announced he plans to propose boosting school security in the wake of the Nashville school shooting that left six dead.

The danger and damage that is Donald Trump

“It is hard to measure the danger and the damage that Donald Trump presents on a daily basis,” says veteran columnist and MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski following Trump’s latest interview with Fox News during which he says Russian President Vladimir Putin will “ultimately” take over all of Ukraine. “If you’re sitting in Paris, or Berlin, or London or any other capital in the world around the globe where you measure democracy with a large ‘D’ not a small ‘d,’ you’re worried because you don’t know what’s on the horizon. You don’t know what America is going to do in 2024. You don’t know what part this man might play in the future of our democracy. And so if you’re thinking about planning ahead, you can’t plan ahead because of the danger and the damage that he represents every time he opens his mouth, every single time,” says about former President Trump.

Opening Day!

MLB Open Day 2023 has arrived! ICYMI: Watch this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, Theo Epstein and Mike Barnicle as they preview another season of Major League Baseball and the new rules changes. “It’s the start of the year. We have New Year’s Day, but Opening Day is the real start of the year….It’s wonderful being at the park, and I’ve looked forward to it for far too long—every year, and every year, every year, I say, this is the year,” says Barnicle as he roots for his beloved Boston Red Sox once again.

America the divided over Ukraine support

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between Mike Barnicle and Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes about how European governments are viewing the United States heading into the 2024 presidential election with the Republican Party divided about whether to support Ukraine amid its war with Russia and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) saying that the protection of Ukraine is not a “vital” United States interest. “Is there any trepidation in European capitals that the United States might be viewed as an unstable democracy, that they don’t know what, in effect, will happen in next year’s elections?” asks Barnicle. Watch Beddoes’ response here.

Lies, deception and sarcasm tell the Trump story

“There is a certain really, really, really dangerous way that Donald Trump has been gifted with the ability to tell a story—a story filled with lies, no truth in what he’s saying, filled with deception,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle during this conversation with Joe Scarborough and NBC News correspondent Vaughn Hillyard about the former president’s campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. “This is a man who tried to overthrow the Constitution, to topple a government. And yet, he tells a story each and every time he’s at the podium, filled with sarcasm, meanness, humor; but, it’s there. It sets him apart and sets him up as the only individual that many of his followers would ever follow. How does that happen?”

Catch me if you can

“He was a very good baseball player at Yale, very good baseball player at Yale, and I’ve got to tell you something else watching him and listening to him over the past four or five days, clips from Iowa and everything like that: Donald Trump is going to crush this guy,” says Morning Joe’s veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump while watching this clip that shows DeSantis playing catch during a Fox News interview. Join the conversation here.

MLB’s new pitch clock

“The pitch clock is wonderful for Major League Baseball,” says Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle about the new device implemented to speed up the game amid a ratings slump, after a spring training game between the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves ended with a batter violation of the pitch clock. “The only thing, I think, that we have to take a look at, that’s going to be really interesting, is who does it have more of an impact on: The pitcher or the batter? I think the batter at first. I think it will all get ironed out during the course of the year, but I think the batter. The first couple months of Major League Baseball, April and May, it’s going to be interesting to watch that dynamic. Hear more of the conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Jonathan Lemire.

GOP candidates: What do they believe?

“I think the debate over who is going to sign what and whether they mean their signature to be truth and accurate, I think it’s meaningless. I think the larger question is, each of these candidates, the Republican candidates, they should be asked the question, and it’s a neutral question: ‘Do you believe that Joseph R. Biden is the legitimately elected president of the United States?’ That gives you a foundation of what they believe in and the direction that they’re going to take because this election really is about something that the Republicans failed to do each and every time and that is—govern. They clearly don’t know how to govern,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle after RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said GOP primary candidates must agree to sign a pledge to support the GOP nominee in order to participate in the first primary debate.