While liberal media hacks regularly raise the ire of conservatives, it’s not as often that they cause their own colleagues to raise their eyebrows.
And Chris Hayes seemed more than surprised by his fellow MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Thursday when she declared that the “Republican Party is dead.”
The “All In” host gave Wallace a quick reality check after her factless remark left her colleague visibly stunned during Thursday’s MSNBC panel discussion ahead of the second 2020 Democratic debate. Hayes began his argument as the panel compared former Vice President Joe Biden’s election chances against President Trump versus more progressive 2020 Democratic contenders like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., or Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA.
“Can I just say something about this, because I think this is important,” he said.
“I watched in 2012 when everyone said the Republican Party is rushing off a cliff, and all of this sort of wise people left and right, some on this network, some other places said ‘Obviously, they’ve got to do something. What they’re doing with Hispanic voters is suicide.’ In fact, the RNC commissioned a report and said you’ve got to get right with Hispanic voters,” Hayes continued.
“You’re out of your minds. Everyone said this. This was obviously the consensus, otherwise they were going to lose. What did they do? Donald Trump came along and went in exactly the opposite direction,” he added. “He leaned way into white ethno-nationalist backlash. He came down an escalator and said they’re sending rapists to come kill you. And what happened to Donald Trump who today is the president of the United States? We don’t know what will work. We don’t know what the voters want.”
“I’m sure the Democrats don’t want to follow the Republican Party to the cemetery. The Republican Party is dead,” Wallace interjected, causing Hayes to do a double-take and quickly school the MSNBC host.
“Donald Trump won the presidency. Republicans had a unified government for two years. They have a Supreme Court majority of 5-4,” he argued.
“Well, I think if you’re making an argument about what wins and I think you’re making the same argument. I think maybe your disagreement is on how,” Wallace shot back, trying to backpedal.
“I’m saying we don’t know,” Hayes noted. “We don’t know. We don’t know what the voters want. We just don’t know.”
“I think, though, this debate is what gives Republicans optimism,” Wallace said, still trying to dig herself out. “I think Republicans think there is a civil ideological war inside the Democratic Party, and I think it gives me no comfort that Republicans are comforted by that. I think Republicans think the Democrats are locked in a duel for the soul of the Democratic Party between the AOC wing and between maybe the Biden wing.”
But Hayes countered, saying he was like many Americans who “feel like we’re sitting in 1940, and we have a rendezvous with destiny and the Nazis are sweeping across Europe and the attack is going to come and we’re going to be engaged in a generational fight with climate change.”
Wallace fired back about something more “dire,” and that being the number of people “who think there is a racist, misogynist in the Oval Office, who would like to see Democrats nominate someone who can win.”
“Totally,” Hayes agreed. “But my whole point is there is not some skeleton key that’s locked in a box that this is how you win. If there were, someone would have cracked it open.”
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