President Trump may have fully broken some of the hosts at MSNBC. Specifically, host Lawrence O’Donnell, when he tried to persuade his audience Thursday by alleging that President Trump is a “Russian operative”.
O’Donnell reacted to reports that the House Intelligence Committee was briefed last week by intelligence officials about Russia attempting to interfere in the 2020 election to help President Trump get reelected. What’s more, O’Donnell claimed that President Trump appointing Richard Grenell, as Acting Director of National Intelligence, came at Vladimir Putin’s direction.
“The president is a Russian operative,” Lawrence O’Donnell declared. “That sounds like the description of a bad Hollywood screenplay, but it is real, and it is Vladimir Putin’s greatest achievement, decades after America’s victory in the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.”
“The president of the United States is now helping the president of Russia help the president of the United States to get reelected so that the president of Russia will have four more years of the president of the United States, who he wants in the Oval Office,” he vented.
O’Donnell called it one of those “shocking news days”, then proceeded to stamp the Trump administration as being better labeled as the “Trump-Putin regime.”
“It’s one of those breaking news situations that suddenly makes recent news make more sense– like the recent news that Donald Trump has outdone himself, by appointing one of the most ridiculous, incompetent stooges in the Trump administration to be nothing less than the Acting Director of National Intelligence,” the MSNBC host said, referring to Richard Grenell. (Continued Below)
Lawerence O’Donnell then claimed President Trump would have nominated his now-former Acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, “until Vladimir Putin showed Donald Trump that he needed an even more incompetent director of national intelligence because Vladimir Putin is working hard to reelect his favorite president of the United States in history.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also took issue with the president’s choice for DNI, suggesting that Grennell’s “sole qualification” is his “absolute loyalty” to the President. “Sadly, President Trump has once again put his political interests ahead of America’s national security interests by appointing an Acting Director of National Intelligence whose sole qualification is his absolute loyalty to the President,” Speaker Pelosi alleged in a statement. (Video Below)
Lawrence O’Donnell’s official remarks:
MSNBC’s @Lawrence says that Trump appointing Grenell came at Putin’s direction:
“The president is a Russian operative. That sounds like the description of a bad Hollywood screenplay, but it is real, and it is Vladimir Putin’s greatest achievement.” pic.twitter.com/22uawDQ6dh
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 22, 2020
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) took note of the MSNBC host’s claims and called out Lawrence O’Donnell for his “highly irresponsible false reporting”, saying he is “enthusiastically dumbing down his audience”.
Highly irresponsible, false reporting here. @Lawrence is enthusiastically dumbing down his audience with this fictional disinformation campaign.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 22, 2020