Schmidt: Trump, Barr Building 'Thugocracy' With Secret Police
Steve Schmidt, former senior Republican strategist, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump putting Bill Barr in charge of an unmarked collection of federal police. Aired on 6/5/2020.
Vice President Mike Pence met with African American faith leaders in Pittsburgh on Friday. They discussed racial inequality just one day after President Trump promised to take action on police reform. CBS News' Skyler Henry and The Washington Post's "Power Up" anchor Jacqueline Alemany joined CBSN with the latest out of Washington. Last night, crowds gathered outside the White House and clashed with Secret Service members. Today, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said President Trump "has a problem with the middle of the electorate" when it comes to re-election. Peter Baker says, "The numbers how have gotten so far down, they're really, really worried." Aired on 6/24/2020. CNN's SE Cupp says President Donald Trump seems more concerned with politics than sending children back to school safely amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
FEW VOICES ARE STARTING TO SPEAK OUT FROM INSIDE THE PARTY AND MAYBE THOSE VOICES ARE GETTING A LITTLE BIT LOUDER? MAYBE? JOINS US IS FORMER REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST STEVE SCHMIDT WHO I MUST TELL YOU HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY INCANDESCENT OF HIS CRITICISM OF THE PRESIDENT. THANK YOU FOR MAKING TIME TO BE HERE TONIGHT. I FEEL LIKE I REALLY NEED TO HEAR YOU ON THIS. I NEED TO HEAR WHERE YOU ARE AT ON ALL OF THIS STUFF. SO THANKS FOR MAKING TIME TO BE HERE. >> GOOD EVENING. GOOD TO BE WITH YOU, RACHEL. >> I’M SORRY, GO AHEAD. >> I THINK IT IS AN ASTONISHING SCENE OF POLITICAL COWARDICE AT THE SENATE LUNCH, EACH ONE COMING BY, I DON’T KNOW, I DON’T KNOW, I DON’T KNOW, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, IN A LEGENDARY RETIRED MARINE CORPS FOUR STAR GENERAL, SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS A THREAT TO THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, WHAT PROMPTED HIM TO SPEAK OUT, WELL, WHAT HAPPENED IS THERE WAS A GROUP OF AMERICANS IN FRONT OF THE NORTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE, ON THE STREET, PEACEFULLY PROTESTING, EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS, UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, TO PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE, TO PETITION THEIR GOVERNMENT, AND TO SPEAK. AND WHAT WAS LOOSED AGAINST THEM WAS STATE-SANCTIONED VIOLENCE. THOSE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WERE ASSAULTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, SO DONALD TRUMP COULD WALK ACROSS DONALD TRUMP COULD WALK ACROSS THE STREET, AND COMMIT AN ACT OF SACRILEGE HOLDING A BIBLE UPSIDE DOWN, BECAUSE HE FELT HUMILIATED FROM HIS COWARDICE AND ALLOWED HIMSELF TO BE EVACUATED FROM THE OVAL OFFICE TO THE BUNKER, THE PRESIDENT’S EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER. SO THIS IS A LOW MOMENT AND A DANGEROUS HOUR IN THIS COUNTRY. AND PER YOUR PREVIOUS SEGMENT, RACHEL, WE DON’T HAVE SECRET POLICE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THESE PROTESTS ARE ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE. AND ABOUT THE FACT THAT TOO MANY OF US ARE NOT EQUALLY TREATED UNDER THE LAW. BUT NOW, AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS STORY IS UNDERSTANDING WHO ARE THESE MEN. WE DON’T HAVE SECRET POLICE. THESE MEN NEED BADGES. THEY NEED IDENTIFICATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHO IS FUNDING THEM. THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND AND WHO THEY REPORT TO. AND THIS IDEA THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SUDDENLY BECOME AN INTERIOR MINISTER, AND A THUG-OCARACY WITH A PRIVATE MILITIA OF SOME TYPE THAT REPORTS TO HIM IS ANTITHETICAL TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AND THAT IS BEFORE WE GET TO THE THREATS OF THE PRESIDENT THREATENING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THE DEPLOYMENT OF MOST LETHAL COMBAT FORCE IN WORLD HISTORY, TO THE STREETS OF THE NATION THAT THEY