On MSNBC Wednesday night, former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice pushed the Launch button on a messaged missile aimed at Donald Trump.
First, Rachel Maddow inquired:
“Let me just ask you about something…about which you’ve been really outspoken, and that is what we should sort of expect over the next, I guess, 83 days and the ‘small d’ democratic threat that the President will try to delegitimize the election, that he will try to mess with people’s ability to vote, that he will defy the results of the election if it turns out that he loses his office. How are you thinking about those things now?”
Apparently, Rachel’s pro-Biden…
“After a lifetime in national security positions, knowing Vice President Biden as well as you know him, facing down these kinds of challenges and threats, what do you think we should all have in mind, or what do you think the country should be working on to try to shore ourselves up and brace ourselves for the worst-case scenario in terms of what this president might do with the peaceful transfer of power?”
As you’re aware, roughly ever since Trump won the White House, there’s been talk of him refusing to leave if 2020 spells defeat, with all manner of silliness like the possibility of the military needing to remove him, or of him using the military to stay in.
Susan added to the genre with some “never in our lifetimes” kind of talk:
“Rachel, this is an extraordinary circumstance that we find ourselves in. We’ve never, at least in our lifetimes, had a President of the United States who has told us that he may not abide by the results of the election, has told us that he may seek to delay the election itself, has told us that he’s going to cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots and go out of his way to make it as hard as possible for Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote. It’s unbelievable.”
Rice must be steamed: Trump’s in league with the dadgum Russians.
Here we go…salted with that favorite of all political pokes — accusations of threats to democracy:
“The range of possible threats that he poses to our democracy is truly quite mind-boggling. And I think it’s really important for the American people to be aware of this. And that’s before you get to — what we understand now from our intelligence community — the Russians continue to do and have stepped up their efforts to interfere in our elections, with, it seems, the blessing of Donald Trump, who has said he would accept foreign help in the election and has refused to call out Russia on any number of things, least of all its involvement in the 2020 election.”
How’d your brain look? I’m assuming some of you just experienced an Exorcist-like eye roll.
Back to Susan, she thinks “the American people first of all have to be aware.”
“I believe we have to come out and vote no matter what, hopefully through absentee ballots where that’s deemed to be the safest way through early voting, but we have to vote and the result should be overwhelming. The more resounding the outcome, the harder it is for Donald Trump to manipulate and obscure a potential loss. And we just have to be super, super vigilant to all of these different scenarios.”
But here’s the best part…
In politics, sometimes it’s hard to pick through what’s said and find anything potentially genuine. Much of the dialogue seems solely based on what might sound best.
Apropos, Susan delivered a doozy:
“[H]e sends troops into the streets of our cities to attack peaceful protesters.”
Perhaps she was counting on viewers having seen literally zero footage of violence, destruction, theft, and arson in major American cities.
Or maybe now that Biden’s picked a running mate, we’ve shifted into a higher gear of goofiness.
If the latter is true, woe unto us all.
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