Maddow Sorts Out Trump’s ‘Hail Mary’ Whitaker Appointment: A ‘Desperate’ Effort to ‘Fix All His Problems At Once’


Donald Trump‘s appointment of Matt Whitaker as attacking Attorney General is a last-ditch “Hail Mary” move, argued Rachel Maddow Tuesday night on her show on MSNBC. And one that she says looks like it won’t work.

Maddow summarized some of the news facing the president following the midterm elections as background for the argument.

“There is a lot going on right now in the news, there is a lot of pressure on this White House and this administration,” she said. “And from everything we have seen thus far, this is a president who does not handle pressure particularly well.”

“To the extent that his political fortunes and his legal jeopardy are tied up into one great double helix of a story right now, the president’s firing of Jeff Sessions in the immediate aftermath of last week’s elections, his effort to put in charge of federal law enforcement in the entire U.S. Justice Department a random loyalist who was never approved by the Senate,” she said, referring to Whitaker. “I think ultimately this may be seen when we look back on it some day as the president’s big hail Mary pass at this point in his term in office. His one big, desperate, probably-won’t-work effort to try to fix all of his problems all at once, by trying to fix law enforcement so it starts to help him out instead of continuing to threaten both him and senior members of his administration.”

“Hail Mary passes occasionally do work, right? That’s why it’s still a play that people try in football, she added. “There are reasons, tonight, to think that this one is not going to work.”

In the next segment, Maddow covered Maryland’s lawsuit to replace Whitaker with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, one of the reasons, she said, that the last-ditch effort may be doomed.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of MSNBC.

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