MSNBC host Chuck Todd smugly leveled an insult at all Americans who were “gullible” enough to vote for President Donald Trump in 2016.
Along with his NBC colleagues Andrea Mitchell and Hallie Jackson, Todd blamed the psychological manipulation of voters and “the unfairness of the media” for Trump’s win and Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
“I knew the gaslighting was out there. I knew it was every day,” Todd said in a panel discussion on the Recode Decode podcast earlier in the week.
“But I think there was part of me in my head assumed people were discerning it out, knew the BS from the non-BS. So, I think what my sort of shock to the system was just sort of how gullible a big chunk of the country was to this and gullible because maybe they want to be gullible,” he said.
“And also look, you can’t separate that the Clintons weren’t very popular. So, people wanted to believe the worst about them and they own some of that on themselves, right?” he added.
Mitchell chimed in as well, lamenting that although Clinton made “mistakes that were self-inflicted,” everything and everyone else were to blame for her loss.
“I think she had her opportunities and, for whatever happened externally from [James] Comey and the Russians and a lot of other things, and the unfairness of the media, the conventional media putting so much attention on Trump and squeezing out the legitimately serious stuff she did,” Mitchell opined.
Todd issued a warning to his colleagues to refrain from giving Trump too much attention in the 2020 campaign.
— Recode (@Recode) December 5, 2018
“I worry about the role the President. You know, unlike previous sitting presidents, this president is going to insert himself into the Democratic primary. He’s going to want to be a pundit every night when there’s a debate. It is going to be imperative on us to be careful in how we cover those things,” he said.
See the panel discussion in the Recode video below:
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