Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘The Trump Brainwashing Is Working’


On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the “brainwashed” others in the GOP who stood silently by as President Donald Trump had his “5th Avenue moment” on Twitter today.

O’Donnell was referring to the fact this morning on Twitter, Trump tweeted out this: “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”

“It is a historic day in the 229-year history of the presidency because today we did really arrive at the Fifth Avenue moment,” O’Donnell began.

The MSNBC host then played a clip of another outrageous moment when Trump bragged during a rally he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

“Today was that day,” O’Donnell explained. “Today the president appeared to commit a crime in public. And for the last two and a half years since Donald Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it, he has been preparing his voters for this day. And he has been preparing the Republican Party for this day and he has been preparing the American news media for this day. And the president’s plan appears to have worked. He has successfully brainwashed his voters to the point where they just don’t accept — they don’t just accept…They cheer for it.”

Then driving his point home, he added: “We have never seen anything like this in American politics. And today is the day that the president needed them to all be brainwashed. Senator Ted Cruz said absolutely nothing today, not one word, when Donald Trump had his Fifth Avenue moment, when Donald Trump publically obstructed justice today, which he did in more than one way…Not one word from Ted Cruz about that today.”

As proof of Trump’s “brainwashing,” O’Donnell noted that Cruz was once a Trump critic who called him a “pathological liar” but now, he said Cruz worships at the altar of Trump and “Cruz has even forced his young children to shake the hand of the man he called utterly immoral.”

He concluded: “The Trump brainwashing is working. When Donald Trump says something outrageous and criminal that he has never said before and it feels like, sounds like he has said it before, it’s the brainwashing that makes it feel that way. The year and a half of beating down any and all Republican resistance to the point where every new crazy illegal thing that the president does feels familiar, feels like a place we have already been, we are in a new place tonight.”

Watch above, via MSNBC

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