Prison » MSNBC Contributors Awkwardly Defend Maxine Waters’s Call for Harassment

June 26, 2018

While many in both the Democratic Party and the media would concur that Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA) hurt her party’s image on Sunday when she encouraged her supporters to aggressively confront members of the Trump administration, MSNBC’s contributors appear not to have gotten the memo. Numerous guests on the cable network were reluctant on Monday to condemn Waters for her comments, with some, such as MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell, outright endorsing the Congresswoman’s stance: “Polite discourse is inappropriate when there are babies in cages.” 

Presidential historian and MSNBC regular Jon Meacham gave his cynical take on Live with Craig Melvin. “You reap what you sow,” he intoned ominously, adding that “folks who work for [Donald Trump]” ought not “be surprised at this reaction.” Melvin concurred, responding with a rhetorical question for the panel: “Are folks surprised at what they’ve gotten? Did they not know what they were voting for?

Meanwhile, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden sidestepped the comments by Waters and instead resurrected outrage over President Trump’s remarks about John McCain: “The Trump Administration and their allies lecturing anyone on civility is ridiculous.” She continued, “Let’s talk about something that actually matters in peoples’ lives, which is these kids and their parents, and talk less about the treatment of Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

On MTP Daily later that evening, MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell attempted to justify the Congresswoman’s remarks and applauded Waters as a “leader of the resistance.”

This article was posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:10 am