MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace didn’t even try to hide her bias against President Donald Trump Tuesday in a MSNBC “Deadline: White House” segment, when she insisted the only “mobs that I see are the people who go to Trump rallies.”
“I want to talk about the word ‘mob.’ The mobs that I see are the people who go to Trump rallies and mock when Donald Trump mimics the testimony of an alleged victim of sexual assault,” Wallace (pictured above left) began, referring to Trump’s criticism of the holes in Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“The mobs I see are the people who cheer when Donald Trump trots out the word, ‘I’m a nationalist,’ and tells people to ignore the negative connotations, the lessons of history of what that’s associated with,” Wallace continued, referring to Trump’s embrace of the word “nationalist” Monday during the huge Make America Great Again (MAGA) rally in Houston.
“The mobs are the people who think they’re faceless, but we see their faces,” Wallace added. “It’s the people who take the mask off and are defending and cheering these really unprecedented comments that, until Trump, were so far out of the mainstream, not only would you not see them at a televised political rally, [but] you wouldn’t really acknowledge them as part of a political coalition on either side.”
Wallace was reacting to Trump’s new slogan ahead of the November 6 midterm elections: “Jobs, not mobs!”
Many liberal activists were enraged after Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July and became even more unhinged after three women came forward during the 11th hour of his confirmation process to accuse him of sexually assaulting them in high school or college.
Kavanaugh denied all of the allegations, and none of the witnesses the three women said would confirm their accounts of the alleged incidents did so. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh.
The president and many other Republicans have blasted liberal activists for their aggressive harassment of key GOP officials, including senators considering whether to vote for Kavanaugh.
Trump characterized the aggressive protesters during a rally last week in Montana, saying, “The choice could not be more clear: Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs.”
But Wallace wasn’t convinced, and neither was former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.).
“Well, in the mobs that I see are the ones that the president himself encourages and incites. I mean, he likes to see that,” Edwards claimed. “In fact, if you look at what goes on, both in his White House but also out on the campaign trail, he likes the sort of ‘Get in there and rough it up.’ He talks that tough talk.”
“Those are the mobs that I see,” she said before defending the SCOTUS protesters. “What I saw in Washington, whether it was from the Supreme Court hearings or out across the country in rallies, these are people expressing their First Amendment rights, saying, ‘We want some check on this Trump administration, and on this president.'”
Edwards also claimed that Trump himself “has been the one actually encouraging and inciting violence.”
“And it’s actually pretty frightening, but he’s decided that his tact to win this election is to govern by anger and by fear,” she warned.
Wallace jumped in, insisting that Trump “hasn’t just turned his mob on the Democrats,” claiming that Trump has turned his mob “against his political opponents” and “his own government.” Wallace appeared to be referring to Trump’s criticism of the Department of Justice investigations into his presidential campaign and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion probe.
But conservative talk radio commentator Charlie Sykes pushed back on Wallace’s and Edwards’ derision against Trump’s “mobs.”
“I do want to throw out the context here that Democrats have to be careful not to overplay the hand,” Sykes warned. “The people who go and yell at [Sen.] Ted Cruz [R-Texas], or yell at [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] in restaurants, are not helping the cause.”
“They are giving Donald Trump exactly what he wants. They’re giving him the images. They are giving him the talking points,” he said.
Edwards insisted that she agreed with Sykes, saying, “I think the way to fight Donald Trump is for voters to show up at the polls on Election Day on November 6th. Early voting has already begun. Because it’s really important to send a message that we want to put a check on this president.”