No one ever said MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” viewers are actually looking for truth in reporting.
While regular co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were not on hand Friday to deliver the daily dose of anti-Trump hysteria the liberal viewers have come to expect, a guest on the show did not disappoint.
Republican pollster and Washington Examiner columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson put forth her theory that President Trump could move to invalidate the 2018 midterm elections in order to avoid a Democratic Congress. The problem with her thinking: this is not actually something the President can do, Fox News reported.
“I worry that in 2018, when Republicans, if Republicans face large losses — and at this point, a lot of the polling suggests that it is not going to look good for them — if President Trump looks like he is potentially at risk of having a Democratic Congress that may begin to want to pursue impeachment proceedings, do you really begin to see this questioning of the validity of elections, period,” she said.
“I don’t think that it’s likely, but if I’m thinking of a potentially really scary situation, I look at things like what’s happening with Roy Moore in Alabama, wondering, is there a chance that sort of world view gets brought national, by a president who is liable,” Soltis Anderson added, citing Moore’s claims of fraud in the Alabama Senate race loss. “He likes blaming other people for things, and likes claiming, look, I’m a bigger winner than you ever could possibly have realized.”
“With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?” media critic Mark Finkelstein asked, calling Soltis Anderson’s theory a “paranoid” fantasy.
Soltis Anderson snapped back at Fox News in a tweet, saying it reported “really inaccurately” on her “Morning Joe” segment.
Ahhh so that explains it. Thanks Fox News for really inaccurately reporting what I said on the segment. (“Oddly declares” is a great way to start your fair and balanced story.) I stand by my comments and would suggest people actually listen to the clip. pic.twitter.com/c2gEZTuN2L
— Kristen Soltis Anderson (@KSoltisAnderson) December 29, 2017
Soltis Anderson also cited an analysis of Twitter mentions conducted by the research and analytics firm she co-founded, Echelon Insights, which found Trump dominated online conversations.
“Never has an individual dominated the online discussion about news, current events and politics like Donald Trump,” she said. “When he says that he is driving the conversation, he is 100 percent right.”
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