An MSNBC anchor melted down on air yesterday after President Donald J. Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
“Honestly, who wants to think about the worst?” Rachel Maddow asked. “You don’t want to reckon with it, you don’t want to think too hard about the worst case scenario. Because, for one thing, it raises very uncomfortable questions as to what we should do as a country – what we should do as citizens if the worst case is true.”
Maddow continued to shamelessly lose her mind, accusing Trump of working for Russia. Trump’s whole crime, according to Maddow, was having a private meeting with Putin. She also framed the segment by questioning why so many Russians attended Trump’s inauguration, and why he “inexplicably” invited a Russian foreign minister to meet with him a the White House.
Presidents – especially the leader of the free world – generally meet with foreign dignitaries in the normal course of doing their job. But that could not possibly be the explanation for Maddow. This is a grand conspiracy, and Maddow, the conspiracy-theorist-in-chief, was not going to let Trump off the hook lightly for meeting with Putin.
“For everything we’ve been through as a country, for ever trial, and challenge, and intrigue, and embarrassment and scandal that we’ve been through as a nation, we haven’t ever had to reckon with the possibility that somebody has ascended to the Presidency of the United States to serve the interests of another country rather than our own,” she said.
The monologue continued in this cringeworthy direction.
“What’s the corrective? How do you remedy that?” she asked. “These are no longer hypotheticals. This is where we are. And I recognize it sounds nuts to say it even now, even tonight, but there is a reason that there is a big national freakout over what the president just did in public.”
Here's the first five minutes of Rachel Maddow tonight on Americans coming to grips with a worst case scenario that the U.S. president is compromised by a hostile foreign power.
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