An MSNBC contributor made an outrageous attempt at a joke about Republicans committing suicide due to polarization caused by President Donald Trump.
Left-wing radio show host, Sam Seder, joined MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Monday in discussing the GOP’s future with Trump in the face of “political peril.”
Earlier on MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Jim Himes had argued that potentially negative fallout from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation could lead to GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell distancing themselves from the president.
“I think the Himes calculation is correct, right? They will abandon him if and when it’s political peril,” host Chris Hayes asked Seder and Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin. “The question is at what point that would be the case. Again, they’re underwater.”
“When you look at the map, right? You look at where Trump went into those red states and he helped,” Seder replied. “The problem is that the polarization is such that suicide may be the only option for a lot of these people. Honestly.”
Hayes found the remark rather funny.
“We’re watching it happen in slow motion,” he interjected.
“We’re looking at national numbers, but knowing that the president is elected on a national level, they are elected in their very red state or they are elected in their very red district,” Seder added.
Hayes agreed, noting how nearly 40 Republicans were “purged” in midterm elections.
Seder’s comments drew backlash online for being insensitive, though some tried to argue that he was speaking metaphorically.
@twitter @MSNBC talking about suicide so gleefully is completely offensive. As a someone who has been affected by someone close attempting suicide. I demand an apology for your “expert” and commentator giggling about it
— Andrew Newman (@Flyin_In_DC) November 27, 2018
He’s talking about “political suicide,” which is a wholly uncontroversial coinage.
But you know that already.
You just want your pretend outrage.
— Eli Cash (@flintcraw) November 27, 2018
— Jessica Parsons (@goodjerseygirl) November 27, 2018
Suicide is not something to laugh about.
— Matt Anderson (@mattwesand) November 27, 2018
Will MSNBC ever learn to stop having these complete idiots on their network? Suicide is nothing to joke about or make light of! Only a liberal democrat would say something like that on nationwide TV! My friend’s son committed suicide last week.
— John Cobra (@cobraman428) November 27, 2018
Twitter users called out the ongoing hypocrisy of the left.
if it was any other position and he joked about suicide there would be an outcry, and he would never be allowed on a news organization or tv again
— rbd1962 (@rbd1962) November 27, 2018
Never surprised at what they say!! They just spew and spew
— Boo ???????? (@pattispacone1) November 27, 2018
Sickos…..imagine if someone on the right was spewing such bs…………..
— Tony (@Tony85783091) November 27, 2018
We survived 8 years under Obama even though sometimes we’re rough.
What do we have to fear this time under POTUS45? Only the violence from unhinged leftists.
Otherwise, very happy with President Trump & his achievements.
— LetFreedomRing ??? (@MariaMe42546452) November 27, 2018
It’s hard to believe the media keeps going lower and lower…doesn’t seem any stopping point
— JEdwards (@minedyingbride) November 27, 2018
Low class, hateful….sad
— Melody Goodyear (@MelodyACN) November 27, 2018
Respectful, classy leftist reporting, just as expected.
— JPH Marx (@JPHMarx) November 27, 2018
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