MSNBC panel explains exactly why Trump’s endorsement of Roseanne was driven by racism — and is 100% accurate

Everyone is talking about racist Roseanne today, and that includes MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace who opened her Tuesday show with a panel discussion of the show’s cancellation.

“A show that President Trump once described as a show that was ‘about us,’ his voters, the men and women he often refers to in tweets and speeches as ‘the forgotten men and women,’” Wallace said.

The first guest to answer was Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, who drew parallels between Trump’s success with racism and what we saw from Roseanne.

“It’s easy to condemn and it’s easy for folks to reflect their own moral standing, their own anti-racism by condemning it,” he said. “It’s harder to ask ourselves the question why was she rewarded in the first place? People knew Roseanne’s positions. This is just the accumulation of several racist and bigoted statements. Yet she was rewarded with the show. You think about Donald Trump—his political career began in some ways with birtherism. He was rewarded after talking about Mexicans as rapists and the like, rewarded with the presidency.”

So if Roseanne is “about us” and “us” is racist, what does that mean, Wallace, wondered.

“What does today’s news sound like to the ears of the people about whom the show was described by the president as being about?” Wallace asked her next guest, Jason Johnson, politics editor at The Root.

He said that Roseanne’s bigotry could not be tolerated economically.

“I’ll be honest with you: From a pure cultural standpoint, I never liked Roseanne. I didn’t like it when I was a kid because I grew up next to people like the Connors in the Midwest, and they weren’t that nice,” he said. “I thought the romanticization of the attitudes she had was unpleasant… ABC recognized, wait a minute, there isn’t a market for this kind of behavior anymore. There will be consequences for us. There will be boycotts. There will be people who don’t want to watch our channel.”

Watch the panel below.


Trump repeats Mexico promise to Nashville rally: ‘They are going to pay for the wall and they are going to enjoy it’

t a rally in Nashville, Tennessee—where he’d gone to stump for Tennessee senate hopeful Marsha Blackburn—Donald Trump repeated a pledge that has riled up his followers since the early days of his campaign.

“I don’t want to cause a problem — I don’t want to cause it — but in the end, in the end, Mexico’s going to pay for the wall…They’re going to pay for the wall and they’re going to enjoy it. Ok?”

In response, Marsha Blackburn tweeted a follow up quote about her opponent, Phil Bredesen. “Phil Bredesen supported her and supports her ideas. He opposes the border wall!” –@realDonadlTrump. 

“So if you want strong borders, if you want crime to stop, you need to get out and vote for Marsha,” Trump concluded.


‘Today is a turning point’: Former CBS anchor Dan Rather says Roseanne saga shows Trump is losing

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather blamed President Donald Trump for the normalization of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweets, but said that America is much stronger than Trump.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Rather said that President Trump is not “winning.”

“This perception that he’s winning this battle for hearts and minds … I for one do not believe it,” Rather said. “What ABC and Disney did today, frankly, surprised me. They made a big money decision, it costs them a lot of money. They decided the right thing. They decided it quickly. They decided against their own monetary interests. And I don’t think you could give enough credit to the corporate leadership.”

Rather said that today was history making day.

“Maybe that’s just a result of my optimism, but I don’t think he won. We may look back on this day, as another turning point.”

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CNN contributor explains how racism like Roseanne’s helped propel Trump: She ‘was alt-right before we knew what alt-right was’

hile many of President Donald Trump’s defenders argued that the firing of Roseanne Barr by ABC over a racist tweet on Tuesday had nothing to do with the president, CNN contributor and author Amanda Carpenter explained how the comedian’s vile words were an extension of the forces that propelled Trump to power.

“Roseanne… is similar to what promoted Donald Trump,” Carpenter said. “She was alt-right before we knew what alt-right was. Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, political correctness’ — no! This whole hiding behind memes and jokes to push racism and anti-Semitism has been happening for a long time.”

For example, on Tuesday, Barr also tweeted about a repugnant conspiracy theory that the Jewish billionaire George Soros, a Hungarian-born American, was a Nazi collaborator, despite that fact that this claim has been repeatedly debunked (Soros was 14 when World War II ended).

Barr previously made a racist insult against former national security adviser Susan Rice, echoing her racist attack on former President Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett that led to the cancellation of her show on Tuesday.

And that’s just a sample of her troubling history.

Carpenter continued: “Donald Trump, in his leadership position, has brought that out more, playing the ‘both sides’ argument at all times. I would expect to see some both-sidesism tonight. And, I’m sorry, I can’t keep wringing my hands about what Donald Trump is going to do, because this needs to be a conversation about what other people are going to do. If you are in a position of media power, are you willing to regulate your platform in some manner and give up some clicks in the name of civility? ABC did the right thing. I’m looking at Facebook and Twitter to start doing more of the same.”Watch the clip below: