Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:00:01 +0000
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did not mince her words and was horrified after listening to our new president give his inauguration speech to the country.
Many in the media have tried to characterize Trump's words as some sort of "populism" just because he mentions the working class and giving America back to the people, but his polices and cabinet choices tell us something much different.
Maddow said, "This was a workman-like speech. It was short and he went through it quickly, and it was militant and it was dark, the crime, the gangs, the drugs, this American carnage, disrepair, decay."
She continued, "You can't imagine the outgoing president giving a speech like that. This president -- [I'm] also repeating the new president -- also repeating that our guiding principle will be America first, America first."
The MSNBC host then explained the history surrounding the "America First" slogan Trump uses.
Maddow continued, "We know how he has used that as a campaign slogan, that also has dark echoes in American history. There was an America first committee that formed in this country hundreds of thousands of people in this country, some of the richest businessmen in the of it, they were formed to keep us out of world war ii. they were infiltrated by the Nazis, many of them are anti-Semitic, part of why they weren't alarmed by Hitler's rise in Germany. The America first committee is something that means a specific thing in this country, to re-purpose it now, not that far down the historical path. It's hard. it's hard to hear."
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:22:00 +0000
Twitter was quick as usual to bring the reviews, and like his cabinet's confirmation hearings, the consensus is, "What? Really?"
And it's already in the history books as the "American Carnage Speech." Let that sink in.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
...We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Thank God that's over. We'll call it the "American carnage" speech. Very inspiring.
Mass suicide party anyone?
— digby (@digby56) January 20, 2017
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:30:01 +0000
During the run-up to the swearing in of President Trump, MSNBC's Chris Matthews had some words of warning to Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner.
Matthews said, "It's hard, Rachel, it's hard to fire your son-in-law,that's the tricky part. But Mussolini had a great solution to that. He had them executed."
Rachel Maddow laughingly replied, "Jesus, Chris."
Mathews continued, "So if I were Jared, I'd be a little careful."
Maddow said, "All the people who were waiting for the mention of Mussolini have just started drinking..."
There you go, Jared!
And tone it down, Tweety. The Secret Service investigates comments like that.