MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Asks If Trump Will Become Role Model For Criminals and ‘Make it Harder to Solve Crimes’


Donald Trump‘s flailing responses to the mounting legal jeopardy in which he finds himself have led former John McCain aide-turned-MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace to ask whether Trump will become a role model for criminals.

Over the weekend, Trump referred to his former attorney Michael Cohen as a “rat” in a tweet that also characterized the legal execution of a search warrant as a break-in. The tweet caused many to observe that Trump seems to have adopted the affect and the nomenclature of a mobster, or at least of a community theater production of The Sopranos.

But on Monday afternoon’s edition of Deadline: White House, Wallace turned that idea on its head, and suggested that it was Trump who could potentially influence current and future generations of criminals.

The panel was discussing Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani‘s insistence, over the weekend, that Trump would testify for Robert Mueller “over my dead body,” when Wallace interrupted.

“I have a weird question, though, for you,” she said. “Are there criminals out there who will point to the president and say, ‘Well, you know, the president’s lawyer said he wasn’t under oath…'”

“Already happened,” panelist Paul Butler interjected.

“Are there criminals who are going to model the president’s conduct while under federal investigation, and make it harder to solve crimes?” Wallace asked.

“Of course,” Butler said. “The irony is that now law and order Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani are the leaders of the don’t be a snitch movement.”

He added that while there are reasons to be skeptical of cooperating witnesses and their motives, “Mueller has backed up everything that Cohen has said with forensic evidence like those tapes that Cohen made of Trump, e-mails, texts, and eyewitness testimony” from the likes of David Pecker, who has corroborated Cohen’s account of a hush-money scheme.

Trump’s influence on criminals will be a difficult proposition to test, because criminals are already a fairly uncooperative bunch.

But if criminals suddenly decide to start tweeting admissions about their own alleged crimes, that might not be such a good thing for the criminals, and orange could end up being the new orange.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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