This afternoon, Washington was hit by the blockbuster news that Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) would not seek re-election next year. In a Senate floor speech, Flake excoriated President Donald Trump over his reckless behavior and how he has damaged our national political discourse. Flake’s announcement just happened to occur on the same day Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) delivered a number of broadside attacks on Trump as their feud reignited.
During a panel discussion on MSNBC, host Nicolle Wallace weighed in on the extraordinary day by questioning the very humanity of the White House and administration. After MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes said that there was a form of “Stockholm Syndrome” going on in the Republican Party when it comes to Trump, adding that GOPers only feel free to speak out after they unshackle themselves from the party, Wallace made the following observation:
“I want to bring this back to this concept, [MSNBC contibutor] Elise Jordan, of deflection, of projection, a lack of irony and sort of a lack of — there’s no capacity for humanity, these do not appear to be human beings. They trotted General Kelly out as a human shield last week, a political human shield to take the swings that Donald Trump wasn’t man enough to take for himself, for the disgrace––he was a disgrace last week, the way he treated the… widow of a fallen soldier. They trotted Kelly out there like a human shield.”
Wallace was obviously taking about John Kelly’s press briefing last week in which he defended Trump’s call to Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow Myeshia Johnson. During his comments, Kelly ended up going after Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and falsely described her 2015 speech at an FBI dedication.
Wallace would further ask why the Trump administration just can’t stop digging themselves in a hole, claiming they use “power tools” rather than a “shovel.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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