It’s Election Day, and that means many mainstream media members just can’t help but bash President Donald Trump and gush over the Democrats’ chance to retake the House — and send a particular message to the president.
“I think it’s going to be almost 40 [pick-ups] on the House side” for Democrats, although “the Senate may be a pick-up for the Republicans,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews (pictured above left) said Tuesday on “Morning Joe.”
“I’m rooting for [Sen.] Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.),” he also made sure to tell his viewers.
Donnelly is running a tough re-election campaign against Republican candidate Mike Braun — currently it’s neck-and-neck.
Matthews didn’t try to hide his disdain for Trump when he claimed the president is “finally going to pay for ‘Access Hollywood’ tonight” among women voters.
Matthews was referring to the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during the final days of Trump’s presidential campaign against 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, in which he was captured, without his knowledge, making vulgar comments about women.
“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough (above right) also jumped on the Trump-bashing train, replying, “We wouldn’t allow our children to act this way. And yet there are people that go out and cheer this sort of behavior.”
Scarborough also said it was hard for him not to judge his conservative friends who will be voting Republican in 2018.
“This is America. It’s a big country. You vote the way obviously you want to vote, and I’m in no position to judge you,” Scarborough said —before pretty much judging people or coming close to it. He added that holding back on the judgment is “a little harder to do in 2018” when the nation has a president who is always “lying” and supports “racism.”
Veteran Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward (above center) pronounced to “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski that this has not been “an era of a great deal of hope,” with Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both congressional chambers.
“I think really the interesting question is, If Republicans do well or hold their own, what are they voting for? Are they voting for the chaos and nervous breakdown in the White House? Or are they voting for local candidates? And it can be some of both,” Woodward said.
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle took a swipe at Trump supporters who attend his rallies, claiming that the “people at his rallies are not really early voters” — before praising the huge early voting turnout that often swings Democratic.
“But the early voting numbers are such that I think the Democrats are going to have a very, very big night,” Barnicle predicted.
ABC News’ Jonathan Karl even gushed Tuesday on “The View” that “this is the first time that Americans will have a chance to go to the polls to render judgment on Donald Trump’s presidency.”
“The View’s” Joy Behar, an always reliable Trump critic, said she could not believe how conservative women could support Trump, insisting that “they don’t know the difference between a predator and a protector.”
CNN political analyst Paul Begala, a former adviser to former President Bill Clinton, did little to hide his disdain for Trump when he actually compared him to a chimp Tuesday on “CNN Newsroom.”
“I think the president, frankly, has been unable — he started at 46 [percent approval] in the election, he’s at 39 in our [CNN] poll today despite a booming economy,” Begala said. “I mean, come on. A moderately well-trained chimp in this economy would be at 55 or 65.”
CNN anchor Poppy Harlow rebuked Begala, warning, “Let’s not be comparing any humans to chimps.”
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