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Patriotism over party

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Joe Scarborough, Jonathan Lemire, Richard Haass and Mike Barnicle as they discuss President Joe Biden’s reelection strategy and message after Biden in a speech in Arizona called his once-and-perhaps-future opponent Donald Trump a direct threat to American democracy in the most forceful condemnation of the former president and the MAGA movement he has delivered since he took office.

“The depth of decadence and danger” of Trump

Listen in on this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Jen Palmieri, Jonathan Lemire and Mike Barnicle as they discuss former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson writing in an upcoming memoir that Rudy Giuliani groped her backstage while former President Donald Trump rallied supporters to push back against the election certification on Jan. 6, 2021. “This is just one more glaring example of the depth of decadence and danger involved in this (Trump) administration from the (former) president himself on down to the people around him….How many members of the Republican Party have been narcoticized by this behavior over the years, have just gotten so used to it, so familiar with it, that they regard none of it as outrageous or the depth of danger involved in this,” says Barnicle.

Republicans on support for Ukraine

Morning Joe’s Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle sit down with Richard Haass, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the faction within the Republican Party that is against American funding of Ukraine’s war against Russia, following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky having urged a global front against Russian aggression in a dramatic speech delivered during the UN General Assembly. “It used to be that the Republican Party specifically, Democrats as well, but the Republican Party specifically, would be saying, ‘yes, yes; go get Russia. We’re behind you 100 percent’? Yet now the fracture within the Republican Party leads to a very real possibility that there will be a shutdown or diminution of funding for Ukraine to continue this war,” asks Barnicle. Hear Haass’ response about the shift in the Republican Party on issues of national security and U.S. leadership on the world stage.

GOP infighting

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and veteran U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) about the Republican Party and the current GOP infighting in the House of Representatives over spending bills that threatens a government shutdown. “Have you ever seen a moment in your lifetime in Congress when a specific portion of one political party, a specific portion of the Republican Party, seemingly has been devoted to destroying government?” asks Barnicle.

Professor Hillary Clinton Goes Back to School

ICYMI: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Morning Joe to discuss her return to the classroom, as along with Keren Yarhi-Milo, dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, she will be teaching global decision-making and starting an Institute of Global Politics at Columbia University. Watch her conversation with veteran columnist Mike Barnicle about the need to model respectful disagreement and find “at least a sliver” of common ground with people with different points of view. “These elections coming up in 2024 could not be more important for freedom, for democracy and for the rule of law,” says Clinton. Watch the segment here.

Another Trump dividing line

Tune in for this Morning Joe report and conversation among Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur about the efforts by GOP House members who support former President Donald Trump to seek using appropriations to block government funding for special prosecutors and counsel investigating Trump. Kapur reports that Republicans are divided on this issue and that Democrats are aggressively pushing back on the “politicization of the criminal justice system.”

Former Gov. Chris Christie

Watch this Morning Joe discussion between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a 2024 GOP presidential candidate, about how the Republican Party could move away from former President Donald Trump as polls continue to show him maintaining a strong lead in the GOP primary despite facing multiple indictments. “You’ve tried to make the case, and you’re trying to make the case, that you are the guy who can make the case against Joe Biden….How does what’s left of your political party—the remnants of the Republican Party—how do they, how do you, make the case against Joe Biden, when last week, six of the eight candidates for president of the United States standing alongside you on the stage, indicated that they would vote for Trump, even if he were a convicted felon? How do you convince the country that your party is still sane?,” asks Barnicle. Hear Christie’s answer here.

Trump legal turnover

Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg joins Morning Joe to talk with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and Jonathan Lamire about the federal election case and other cases against former President Donald Trump and the constant turnover within his legal team as he faces four different indictments. Listen to Rosenberg’s response here.

The needs of public education

Watch this Morning Joe conversation between Mike Barnicle and Gov. Wes Moore (D-MD) about the need and way in which public education might be improved—a topic that received very little discourse at the first 2024 Republican primary debate that took place in Milwaukee.

Thoughts on the first 2024 Republican primary debate

“This country has suffered great damage—none more so than the injection into the political bloodstream that the election of 2020 was fixed, was rigged,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle in this Morning Joe conversation with host Mika Brzezinski following the first 2024 Republican primary debate that took place in Milwaukee, which didn’t feature the current frontrunner, former President Donald Trump, who decided to skip the event. “How do you begin a debate with any of the candidates, Republican or Democrat, without asking them the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question: ‘Was Joseph R. Biden legitimately elected president of the United States, yes or no?’ That way, we know where you’re going to go on continuing this poison that is in the political culture today, and no one asked that.” Watch their review of what Barnicle called “a revealing and depressing performance.”

Barnicle’s 3 questions for former Gov. Christie

Veteran columnist Mike Barnicle has three questions for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a 2024 GOP presidential candidate, following the first 2024 Republican primary debate. Watch the conversation here.


Gideon Meir, the grandson of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, and director Guy Nattiv, join Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle to talk about their new film “Golda,” a biopic of the country’s first—and only—female leader. The film focuses on the intensely dramatic and high-stakes responsibilities and decisions that Golda Meir, also known as the “Iron Lady of Israel,” faced during the Yom Kippur War. “She’s a portrait of incredible strength in this film, and her nature comes across in this film, especially with regard to Moshe Dayan, an iconic Israeli hero who takes kind of a reputational hit in this movie, and yet she nurtures him through this crisis on a day-to-day basis,” says Barnicle. Learn more about the film, the casting of Mirren and her long-time connection to Israel.

Trump’s $200,000 bond

““Joyce, in looking at the stipulations laid down in Georgia against the former president, quite a few are similar to stipulations that a court would issue to John Gotti, including the last one, which is ‘the above shall include, but are not limited to, posts on social media or reposts of posts made by another individual on social media’ having to do with intimidation. So, let me ask you: Given the former president’s nature, it seems to many people he will be unable to help himself or prevent himself from crossing the line here. What would be the next step potentially by the Georgia district attorney if he does so?” asks veteran columnist Mike Barnicle of MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance during this Morning Joe conversation about a Fulton County judge having set former President Donald Trump’s bond at $200,000 in District Attorney Fani Willis’ election interference case, as the bond agreement includes a “no direct or indirect threat” clause against codefendants or witnesses. Listen to Vance’s response here.

“Velshi Banned Book Club” podcast

MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi joins Morning Joe to talk with Willie Geist, Mike Barnicle and the Rev. Al Sharpton about his new podcast “Velshi Banned Book Club,” which features different authors of banned books to talk about why their work is being targeted and about the literature itself. Watch the segment here.

The 2020 election interference case

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation with Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle and former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg about former President Donald Trump’s upcoming court cases, the bond required, and his most request or an April 2026 trial in his 2020 election interference case, saying his attorneys are exaggerating the amount of discovery they need to review in the case. Listen to Rosenberg’s response here. Only on MSNBC.

The cult of Trumpism

“The cult of Trumpism is now verbal,” said veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation about former President Donald Trump, who has said he will surrender to authorities in Georgia to face accusations of illegally scheming to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state. “It’s passed on to people who come up to you and ask the ever-present question, you know, ‘how can people vote for this man? Who are these people?’ And you tell them, ‘I’ll tell you who they are: They’re your neighbors, they’re people you know, they’re people you see each and every day. That’s who they are.’ But he’s there. He’s in our minds; he’s in our bloodstream. It is a sickness. It’s a disease that America is carrying – Trumpitis.” Watch more of the conversation here.

The state of America and the 2024 presidential race

“We have witnessed now for years, and years, and years out on the stump, the greatest political showman of our time, maybe of any time, Donald J. Trump. He’s also a deeply dangerous national security threat. That’s who he is. We’ve failed to confront that reality. We’ve failed to ask people, like General Kelly, General Mattis, Mitch McConnell, a host of Republican: Step up to the plate, step up to the plate….This is deeply depressing at a certain level, that not a single legitimate Republican can stand up and confront this deeply dangerous narcissist who thinks it’s great to get out every day and be so negative about this country. If you listen to him on the stump, if you listen to his speeches, his 90-minute speeches, they are deeply, deeply divisive, in addition to being horribly negative about the immediate future of this country,” says veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during this Morning Joe conversation with Willie Geist, Jonathan Lemire, Chris Matthews and Lanhee Chen as they discuss and analyze and the state of America and the 2024 presidential race following a recent York Times/Siena College poll that found President Biden is on stronger footing than he was a year ago—but he is neck-and-neck in a possible rematch with former President Donald Trump.

What’s important to Americans today?

Tune in for this Morning Joe conversation between veteran columnist Mike Barnicle and former Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) about how everyday Americans feel about the country right now. “You’ve got a 9-year-old boy….You’re taking him to basketball camp. You do your own grocery shopping. What do you hear? What is important to people in Ohio that they talk to you about?” asks Barnicle. Watch Ryan’s response here.

What happened to “America’s Mayor?”

Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle talks with former White House Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri about Rudy Giuliani, formerly known as “America’s Mayor” following 9/11 and then Donald Trump’s attorney, having conceded in a court filing that he made “false” statements about two Georgia 2020 election workers who have now sued him for the baseless claims of fraud that he made against them. Watch the conversation here.

President Biden honors Emmett Till and his mother

Morning Joe’s Willie Geist, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Mike Barnicle discuss President Joe Biden having signed anti-lynching legislation and a proclamation to establish the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument across three sites in Illinois, where Emmett was from, and Mississippi, where he was killed, stating “darkness and denialism can hide much but they erase nothing” before memorializing the Black teenager who was brutally killed in 1955, and paying tribute to the activism of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who helped drive the civil rights movement. “He’s an emotional guy…capable of tears over loss—not his loss—your loss, our loss, and I don’t think he gets enough credit for being the decent human being that you know, that I know, that we all know,” says Barnicle about President Biden. “He doesn’t get enough credit for it.” You can watch the segment here.