There is a reason why MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s ratings have cratered so dramatically recently. Here’s what she told her viewers on Wednesday night about former special counsel Robert Mueller’s disastrous performance before House lawmakers.
I will tell you, I was not quite sure what to expect from today’s testimony by Robert Mueller. If you had told me that today, we would get from Robert Mueller over the course of these seven hours such a blunt accounting from him…of who in the president’s campaign was compromised by Russia, and how, specifically how they were compromised by Russia, including the president.
That’s certainly putting a positive spin on the day, isn’t it?
Although she did acknowledge that Mueller “definitely seemed older than his 74 years” and appeared to be “less on top of matters,” Maddow went on to portray Mueller’s nearly universally panned performance as “landmark” and “historic.”
Given the unrelentingly dire descriptions he gave about the president’s conduct and the conduct of the president’s campaign and its ongoing implications for the country, it seems like they gave us two big directions today that feel imperative in terms of what we try to figure out next and the paths that we next follow to try to get to the bottom of this still-open scandal. Because of that performance from Mueller today, I think that lights a fire under the need to speak to the people on his team who actually did the work… I think one of the outcomes from today’s hearing is gonna be a renewed interest by Congress in hearing from the people who were on Mueller’s team and did the work beyond the sort of distant figurehead figure of Mueller himself, which was revealed today by what I think was his surprising effect.
All in all, just look at today as a whole, it was a remarkable day, not just for this presidency but for the presidency, I know the Trump White House and conservative media are trying to, like, chin up tonight, make it seem like they had a great day today… they did not have a great day today.
She was extraordinarily upbeat as she told her audience that although she always loves her job, it was on “a day like today, it’s a privilege to do this work and to be able to talk about what we have seen. Buckle up. Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff will be joining us!”
But first she wanted to share some clips of Schiff’s exchange with Mueller. In the video below, Schiff is clearing leading Mueller into calling President Trump “unpatriotic” and “unethical,” and saying that he had committed “crimes.”
Maddow also misrepresented another story to fit her narrative.
She reported that a mere eight minutes after the Mueller hearing had ended, Trump was so “nervous” that he ordered his lawyers to file an emergency writ to prevent the release of his tax returns.
I should tell you that literally eight minutes after the close of the Mueller hearings today, eight minutes after the second hearing, the president filed an emergency writ in federal court to try to block his taxes from being released in New York state. An emergency writ. Eight minutes after the hearing wrapped up. Nervous much?
Most Americans know that President Trump has been trying to block the release of his tax returns forever. And that these efforts have taken on additional urgency since the Democrats won the House Majority.
Rarely a week goes by without hearing about legal action taken by Trump’s attorneys to protect his tax returns. On Wednesday afternoon, additional documents were filed in the ongoing case.
Maddow has disingenuously attributed yesterday’s court filing to Trump’s “nervousness” after Mueller’s damaging testimony.
But what else would we expect from Rachel Maddow?