Mike Barnicle: Trump Is Dividing The Country With ‘White Male Resentment’
In the wake of the controversy surrounding embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump has publicly lamented the plight of the American male concerned about the threat of false allegations of sexual misconduct or worse.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation to sit on the nation’s highest court has been stalled while the FBI look into thus far uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault from over 30 years ago by Dr. Christine Ford.
Reaction to the Senate testimony by both Ford and Kavanaugh has fallen along ideological lines, but it’s notable that President Trump took what critics saw as a divisive rhetorical tact during last night’s political rally in Mississippi. Not only did he mock Ford’s recollection, but Trump also spoke broadly about men who accused of sexual harassment before blaming Democrats for the apparent movement against the harassment.
“It’s a damn sad situation,” Trump said. “We better start as a country getting smart and getting tough and not letting that stuff ― right back there, those cameras ― tell us how to live our lives.”
“Think of your son. Think of your husband,” Trump continued. “I’ve had many false accusations. I’ve had so many. When I say it didn’t happen, nobody believes me.”
Enter Mike Barnicle who called Donald Trump an “expert” in “white male resentment,” which is being used to “further the cause of candidates of conservativism.”
Barnicle told host Joe Scarborough “we have a president of the United States who literally, almost every day, takes to the country in order to divide the country. That is what he did yesterday, spectacularly successful.”
Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.
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