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MSNBC 23 Jan 2020

Chris Matthews: It's A 'LOL' That Trump Didn't Abuse Power

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Chris Matthews notes that Republicans and the president's defenders have rarely brought up the argument that Trump didn't abuse power: "That's a LOL. Everyone knows this is what Donald Trump would do." Aired on 1/23/20.


Rachel Maddow points out that it is no longer accurate to frame Donald Trump's corruption as imminent or potential as he is openly abusing his power to make it clear that the power of the U.S. government will be used to punish people who oppose him and help people who demonstrate fealty. Aired on 02/21/20.
President Donald Trump spoke in the East Room of the White House Thursday, thanking his supporters and defenders and attacking his "perceived enemies." Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews analyze Trump's address, which lasted for over an hour. Aired on 02/06/20.
On the eve of Super Tuesday, TV personality Chris Matthews stunned MSNBC viewers with the announcement that his tenure as host of MSNBC's "Hardball" was coming to sudden end after 23 years, effective immediately. It comes in the wake of sexual harassment accusations from journalist Laura Bassett, who has appeared as a guest on the show several times. Today she responded to his departure, saying, "It's all worth it if he will never have the platform to demean and objectify us again."
Chris Matthews thinks Democrats should consider starting 2020 in a more diverse state: "Why do you still start in Iowa? It's a strange decision." Aired on 02/03/20.

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CRIMINALLY INVESTIGATED BUT THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE THEY CAN BE
THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE THEY CAN BE IMPEACHED.
IMPEACHED. THAT’S THE SAFEGUARD.
THAT’S THE SAFEGUARD. >> SO I THINK BARR ISN’T THE
>> SO I THINK BARR ISN’T THE FIRST LAWYER WORKING FOR DONALD
FIRST LAWYER WORKING FOR DONALD TRUMP TO WARN HIM OF
TRUMP TO WARN HIM OF IMPEACHMENT.
IMPEACHMENT. I BELIEVE IN THE MUELLER REPORT
I BELIEVE IN THE MUELLER REPORT WE READ IN ANDY DONALDSON’S
WE READ IN ANDY DONALDSON’S NOTES THEY WORRIED ABOUT
NOTES THEY WORRIED ABOUT IMPEACHMENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
IMPEACHMENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. >> THE FACT THAT THIS WAS ALL
>> THE FACT THAT THIS WAS ALL TAKING PLACE WITHIN A 24 HOURS
TAKING PLACE WITHIN A 24 HOURS OF HIM, YOU KNOW, SKIPPING OUT
OF HIM, YOU KNOW, SKIPPING OUT ON ONE OF THE OTHER CRIMES
ON ONE OF THE OTHER CRIMES CALLED RUSSIA.
CALLED RUSSIA. >> RIGHT.
>> RIGHT. >> IN FACT, THAT, YOU KNOW, THE
>> IN FACT, THAT, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE THING STRIKES ME AS
WHOLE THING STRIKES ME AS SOMETHING THAT IS COMPLETE.
SOMETHING THAT IS COMPLETE. THE DEFENSE OF THIS PRESIDENT.
THE DEFENSE OF THIS PRESIDENT. I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR A
I’VE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.
COUPLE WEEKS. NO ONE’S MET -- I THINK THEY DO
NO ONE’S MET -- I THINK THEY DO WATCH THIS NETWORK.
WATCH THIS NETWORK. THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS ARGUMENT.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS ARGUMENT. I THINK THAT THEY HAVE FAILED TO
I THINK THAT THEY HAVE FAILED TO PUT IN THIS ONE PIECE THAT WOULD
PUT IN THIS ONE PIECE THAT WOULD MAKE SOME KIND OF SENSE.
MAKE SOME KIND OF SENSE. SAY, HE WOULDN’T HAVE DONE
SAY, HE WOULDN’T HAVE DONE SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
SOMETHING LIKE THIS. EVERYBODY KNOWS THEY’D LAUGH AT
EVERYBODY KNOWS THEY’D LAUGH AT THAT.
THAT. THAT’S AN LOL.
THAT’S AN LOL. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS WHAT
EVERYONE KNOWS THIS IS WHAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD DO.
DONALD TRUMP WOULD DO. THIS IS HOW HE OPERATES.
THIS IS HOW HE OPERATES. THIS IS HIS TRANSACTIONAL WAY OF
THIS IS HIS TRANSACTIONAL WAY OF DOING THINGS, HIS SQUEEZE.
DOING THINGS, HIS SQUEEZE. THE WAY TO SQUEEZE A WEAKER
THE WAY TO SQUEEZE A WEAKER PARTNER.
PARTNER. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ZELENSKY, A
TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ZELENSKY, A GUY THAT’S WEAK.
GUY THAT’S WEAK. BULLIED BY A NEIGHBOR.
BULLIED BY A NEIGHBOR. HE WOULD DO THIS.
HE WOULD DO THIS. THIS IS WHAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD
THIS IS WHAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD DO.
DO. HE SEES JOE BIDEN RIDING HIGH IN
HE SEES JOE BIDEN RIDING HIGH IN THE NUMBERS BACK THEN IN THE
THE NUMBERS BACK THEN IN THE EARLY SUMMER AND GOES, WOW, I
EARLY SUMMER AND GOES, WOW, I CAN BEAT ANY OF THESE GUYS ON
CAN BEAT ANY OF THESE GUYS ON THE LEFT.
THE LEFT. I MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS
I MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS MODERATE.
MODERATE. THIS MAY NOT BE THE WAY IT TURNS
THIS MAY NOT BE THE WAY IT TURNS OUT THIS NOVEMBER.
OUT THIS NOVEMBER. >> SURE, SURE.
>> SURE, SURE. >> IT’S CERTAINLY THE WAY THE
>> IT’S CERTAINLY THE WAY THE MIND-SET WAS.
MIND-SET WAS. I CAN BEAT THE GUYS ON THE LEFT.
I CAN BEAT THE GUYS ON THE LEFT. BIDEN MAYBE TOO LIKABLE, TOO --
BIDEN MAYBE TOO LIKABLE, TOO -- THEY MIGHT BE BEHIND HIM.
THEY MIGHT BE BEHIND HIM. IF I KNOCK HIM OUT, I WIN THIS
IF I KNOCK HIM OUT, I WIN THIS BABY.
BABY. IF I KNOCK HIM OUT -- THIS IS
IF I KNOCK HIM OUT -- THIS IS HOW MOST POLITICIANS THINK.
HOW MOST POLITICIANS THINK. YOU KNOW?
YOU KNOW? THE CLINTON -- KNOCK OUT BOB
THE CLINTON -- KNOCK OUT BOB KERRY, WIN THE NOMINATION.
KERRY, WIN THE NOMINATION. IT’S USUALLY SOMEBODY ELSE
IT’S USUALLY SOMEBODY ELSE YOU’RE WORRYING ABOUT.
YOU’RE WORRYING ABOUT. HE WAS WORRYING ABOUT JOE BIDEN.
HE WAS WORRYING ABOUT JOE BIDEN. SO HE’S THINKING, OKAY, I’LL DO
SO HE’S THINKING, OKAY, I’LL DO THIS THING.
THIS THING. I HAVEN’T HEARD A SINGLE
I HAVEN’T HEARD A SINGLE REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE IN ALL
REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE IN ALL THOSE DAYS, BEGINNING THIS WEEK,
THOSE DAYS, BEGINNING THIS WEEK, NOT ONE PERSON TO SAY THIS IS A
NOT ONE PERSON TO SAY THIS IS A MAN OF GOOD CHARACTER.
MAN OF GOOD CHARACTER. THIS IS A GOOD MAN.
THIS IS A GOOD MAN. HE WOULDN’T DO SOMETHING LIKE
HE WOULDN’T DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.
THIS. THIS IS NOT HOW HE OPERATES.
THIS IS NOT HOW HE OPERATES. HE IS CLEAN, ON THE LEVEL.
HE IS CLEAN, ON THE LEVEL. HE OPERATES IN THE BRIGHTNESS OF
HE OPERATES IN THE BRIGHTNESS OF DAY.
DAY. HE WOULD NEVER SQUEEZE A
HE WOULD NEVER SQUEEZE A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE.
BUSINESS ASSOCIATE. HE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE
HE WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
THAT. WE KNOW IT’S EXACTLY HOW BUILT
WE KNOW IT’S EXACTLY HOW BUILT THE EMPIRE.
THE EMPIRE. >> LISTEN.
>> LISTEN. I THINK A REALLY GOOD REPORTER
I THINK A REALLY GOOD REPORTER HERE IS NOT JUST WHAT PEOPLE SAY
HERE IS NOT JUST WHAT PEOPLE SAY BUT WHAT THEY DON’T SAY.
BUT WHAT THEY DON’T SAY. >> THE DOG THAT DOESN’T BARK AND
>> THE DOG THAT DOESN’T BARK AND NOBODY SAYS HE WOULDN’T DO THIS.
NOBODY SAYS HE WOULDN’T DO THIS. IN FACT, THE IRONY OF THIS IS
IN FACT, THE IRONY OF THIS IS GOING TO REACH THE END OF NEXT
GOING TO REACH THE END OF NEXT WEEK.
WEEK. THEY WILL TO USE A LEGAL TERM,
THEY WILL TO USE A LEGAL TERM, STIPULATE.
STIPULATE. OKAY.
OKAY. HE DID IT.
HE DID IT. IT IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION.
IT IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION. SO WHAT?
SO WHAT? YOU’RE NOT GOING TO KNOCK A
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO KNOCK A PRESIDENT OUT ON OUR WATCH

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