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MSNBC 7 Jan 2020

Trump Presents Americans With Split Screen Of Calamity

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Rachel Maddow remarks on the timing of Donald Trump's provocation of Iran and beginning of his impeachment trial in the Senate, and the challenge that poses to Americans having to track two harrowing stories at the same time. Aired on 1/7/20.


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RIGHT NOW. GOOD EVENING, RACHEL.
GOOD EVENING, RACHEL. >> GOOD EVENING, CHRIS, MY
>> GOOD EVENING, CHRIS, MY FRIEND.
FRIEND. APPRECIATE IT.
APPRECIATE IT. THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR.
THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS HOUR. IT WILL ALL HAPPEN AT ONCE.
IT WILL ALL HAPPEN AT ONCE. NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE MIGHT WISH
NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE MIGHT WISH THAT WAS NOT TRUE, IT WILL ALL
THAT WAS NOT TRUE, IT WILL ALL HAPPEN AT ONCE.
HAPPEN AT ONCE. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, PART OF OUR
AND BECAUSE OF THAT, PART OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CITIZENS IN
RESPONSIBILITY AS CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY AT THIS TIME WILL
THIS COUNTRY AT THIS TIME WILL BE FOR US ALL TO MAINTAIN THE
BE FOR US ALL TO MAINTAIN THE CAPACITY TO SEE MULTIPLE THINGS
CAPACITY TO SEE MULTIPLE THINGS AT ONCE.
AT ONCE. TO FOLLOW MULTIPLE STORIES.
TO FOLLOW MULTIPLE STORIES. TO FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE BOUNCING
TO FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE BOUNCING BALL AT A TIME.
BALL AT A TIME. AND, YES, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO
AND, YES, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO FOLLOW, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO
FOLLOW, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO ABSORB, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO
ABSORB, IT WOULD BE EASIER TO ANTICIPATE WHAT WAS GOING TO
ANTICIPATE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT IF THESE KINDS OF
HAPPEN NEXT IF THESE KINDS OF WORLD-CHANGING AND HISTORIC
WORLD-CHANGING AND HISTORIC CALAMITIES WOULD PLEASE HAPPEN
CALAMITIES WOULD PLEASE HAPPEN IN SEQUENCE, OR EVEN BLESS US
IN SEQUENCE, OR EVEN BLESS US WITH A BREAK IN BETWEEN THEM.
WITH A BREAK IN BETWEEN THEM. BUT IN OUR TIME, IN OUR COUNTRY,
BUT IN OUR TIME, IN OUR COUNTRY, THAT IS NOT OUR FATE.
THAT IS NOT OUR FATE. NOT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION.
NOT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND IF ALL THESE THINGS ARE
AND IF ALL THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN AT ONCE, WHAT
GOING TO HAPPEN AT ONCE, WHAT THAT MEANS FOR US IS WE ARE JUST
THAT MEANS FOR US IS WE ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO SCALE UP OUR
GOING TO HAVE TO SCALE UP OUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, TO
ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, TO SYNTHESIZE, TO KEEP THE LENS AS
SYNTHESIZE, TO KEEP THE LENS AS WIDE AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN BE
WIDE AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN BE SMART ABOUT MULTIPLE THINGS AT
SMART ABOUT MULTIPLE THINGS AT ONCE.
ONCE. THIS IS NOT A TEST.
THIS IS NOT A TEST. >>> TODAY AT ABOUT 2:15 P.M.
>>> TODAY AT ABOUT 2:15 P.M. EASTERN TIME, THE SCREEN STARTED
EASTERN TIME, THE SCREEN STARTED TO SPLIT.
TO SPLIT. DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER,
DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER, WHO HAS SEEN SEVEN SENIOR
WHO HAS SEEN SEVEN SENIOR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS QUIT JUST SINCE DECEMBER 1ST,
QUIT JUST SINCE DECEMBER 1ST, WHOSE OWN CHIEF OF STAFF JUST
WHOSE OWN CHIEF OF STAFF JUST ANNOUNCED HIS SUDDEN AND
ANNOUNCED HIS SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED RESIGNATION
UNEXPECTED RESIGNATION YESTERDAY, AFTER HIS NAME
YESTERDAY, AFTER HIS NAME SURFACED IN CONNECTION WITH KEY
SURFACED IN CONNECTION WITH KEY NEW EVIDENCE ABOUT THE
NEW EVIDENCE ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT SCANDAL AND THE
IMPEACHMENT SCANDAL AND THE VICE-PRESIDENT’S ROLE IN IT,
VICE-PRESIDENT’S ROLE IN IT, TODAY AROUND 2:15 P.M. EASTERN,
TODAY AROUND 2:15 P.M. EASTERN, IT WAS DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK
IT WAS DEFENSE SECRETARY MARK ESPER, THE EMBATTLED DEFENSE
ESPER, THE EMBATTLED DEFENSE SECRETARY, THE MOST RECENT
SECRETARY, THE MOST RECENT DEFENSE SECRETARY -- SECRETARY
DEFENSE SECRETARY -- SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SPEAKING LIVE TODAY
OF DEFENSE SPEAKING LIVE TODAY FROM THE PENTAGON ABOUT THIS NEW
FROM THE PENTAGON ABOUT THIS NEW CRISIS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS
CRISIS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS JUST UNLEASHED WITH IRAN.
JUST UNLEASHED WITH IRAN. BUT BECAUSE THIS IS OUR TIME AND
BUT BECAUSE THIS IS OUR TIME AND THIS IS OUR FATE WHILE HE WAS
THIS IS OUR FATE WHILE HE WAS SPEAKING, WHILE HE WAS IN THE
SPEAKING, WHILE HE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THOSE CRITICAL
MIDDLE OF THOSE CRITICAL REMARKS, THE SCREEN SPLIT
REMARKS, THE SCREEN SPLIT BECAUSE SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE
BECAUSE SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THE U.S.
REPUBLICAN LEADER OF THE U.S. SENATE ALSO BEGAN HIS OWN LIVE
SENATE ALSO BEGAN HIS OWN LIVE REMARKS FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL ON
REMARKS FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL ON THE IMPEACHMENT CRISIS,
THE IMPEACHMENT CRISIS, ANNOUNCING LIVE HIS INTENTION TO
ANNOUNCING LIVE HIS INTENTION TO GO FORWARD WITH THE IMPEACHMENT
GO FORWARD WITH THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE
TRIAL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE UNITED STATES UNDER RULES -- IN
UNITED STATES UNDER RULES -- IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE UNDER
THE UNITED STATES SENATE UNDER RULES THAT WILL BE DECIDED BY
RULES THAT WILL BE DECIDED BY REPUBLICANS ALONE, BY MEMBERS OF
REPUBLICANS ALONE, BY MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN PARTY ALONE
THE PRESIDENT’S OWN PARTY ALONE WITH NO DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT.
WITH NO DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT. THOSE RULES WILL OFFER NO
THOSE RULES WILL OFFER NO GUARANTEE THAT ANY WITNESSES OR
GUARANTEE THAT ANY WITNESSES OR ANY ACTUAL EVIDENCE WILL BE
ANY ACTUAL EVIDENCE WILL BE PRESENTED OR DISCUSSED AT THE
PRESENTED OR DISCUSSED AT THE PRESIDENT’S SO-CALLED TRIAL.
PRESIDENT’S SO-CALLED TRIAL. BUT THAT SPLIT-SCREEN MOMENT
BUT THAT SPLIT-SCREEN MOMENT TODAY IS A MICROCOSM OF OUR
TODAY IS A MICROCOSM OF OUR TIMES NOW.
TIMES NOW. AND IT’S AN UNAVOIDABLE SPLIT
AND IT’S AN UNAVOIDABLE SPLIT SCREEN.
SCREEN. IT HAS BEEN ONLY 20 DAYS, IT’S
IT HAS BEEN ONLY 20 DAYS, IT’S BEEN LESS THAN THREE WEEKS SINCE
BEEN LESS THAN THREE WEEKS SINCE THE HOUSE PASSED ARTICLES OF
THE HOUSE PASSED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THIS
IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT FOR ONLY THE THIRD
PRESIDENT FOR ONLY THE THIRD TIME IN U.S. HISTORY.
TIME IN U.S. HISTORY. IT’S BEEN 20 DAYS SINCE HE WAS
IT’S BEEN 20 DAYS SINCE HE WAS IMPEACHED.
IMPEACHED. IT HAS BEEN FIVE DAYS SINCE HE
IT HAS BEEN FIVE DAYS SINCE HE ORDERED A U.S. MILITARY
ORDERED A U.S. MILITARY AIRSTRIKE TO KILL THE TOP
AIRSTRIKE TO KILL THE TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL AND THE SECOND
MILITARY OFFICIAL AND THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL FIGURE OVERALL IN
MOST POWERFUL FIGURE OVERALL IN THE NATION OF IRAN.
THE NATION OF IRAN. AND THESE TWO STORIES ARE
AND THESE TWO STORIES ARE UNAVOIDABLY INEXTRICABLE NOW.
UNAVOIDABLY INEXTRICABLE NOW. THIS PRESIDENT WILL GO DOWN IN
THIS PRESIDENT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS HAVING LAUNCHED THIS
HISTORY AS HAVING LAUNCHED THIS AIRSTRIKE AGAINST IRAN
AIRSTRIKE AGAINST IRAN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING HIS IMPEACHMENT IN THE HOUSE WHILE
IMPEACHMENT IN THE HOUSE WHILE HE WAS AWAITING THE START OF HIS
HE WAS AWAITING THE START OF HIS IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IN THE SENATE.
IMPEACHMENT TRIAL IN THE SENATE. THE TRIAL THAT WILL DECIDE

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