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Morning Joe Mauls Stephen Miller on Sunday Shows: ‘Horrendous’

Morning Joe Mauls Stephen Miller on Sunday Shows: ‘Horrendous’

Scarborough: ‘I can’t repeat what powerful Republicans are calling Stephen Miller’

If Morning Joe had a hook, they would have yanked presidential advisor Stephen Miller off the set of the Sunday shows he appeared on yesterday. Today’s Morning Joe devoted a long segment to eviscerating his performance.

The essence of the criticism was two-fold. First, that Miller spoke too much about his personal views rather than those of the president he serves. Second, that in declaring that the powers of the president to protect the country “will not be questioned” he was expressing an undemocratic view running counter to the principle of judicial review.

Excerpts from panel comments:

  • “The White House has got to stop embarrassing themselves by putting this guy up.”
  • “That made Susan Rice, the Sunday after Benghazi, look smooth. That was horrendous.”
  • “I would hope the President of the United States would . . . fill up his lunch box, put him in the corner, put him at his desk and have him read the United States Constitution.”
  • “He has the entire inner-cadre from the top down wrapped around his finger. They love him.”
  • “If that kind of thinking were enacted into policy, we would have impeachment proceedings within the next six months.”
  • Republicans who don’t speak out against this should call themselves “an obsequious, pathetic, little lemming.”
  • “I’m getting texted by some of the most powerful Republicans. I can’t even repeat what they’re calling Stephen Miller.”


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Tell it to someone who cares, Joe.

Three branches of government, and the People (and our Posterity). The judicial branch has assumed powers of executive, legislative, and populism that are not granted by the Constitution.

    DaveGinOly in reply to n.n. | February 14, 2017 at 12:22 am

    You’re referring to Marbury v Madison, and, no, that’s not true. The power of the courts is inherent in their nature; according the Madison’s Notes Of The Debates In The Federal Convention this authority was noted by the authors of the Constitution.

    In Notes, Madison recorded at least three different instances (I say “at least three,” because there may have been four) in which as many delegates argued the laws passed by Congress, and the actions of the executive, would come under review by the courts in their natural capacity as triers of controversies of law. Not a single delegate objected to any instance of these comments.

    For instance, in the entry for Saturday, July 21, Madison records Mr. L. Martin as stating, “And as to the Constitutionality of laws, that point will come to the Judges in their proper official character. In this character, they shall have a negative on the laws.”

    No court can move on its own – in civil matters a court may only be moved by a petitioner stating a claim upon which the court may grant relief. When the respondent is the government, the court has no choice but to either grant the requested relief or shield the respondent from the claims of the petitioner. This is what courts do in all civil cases; there is nothing extraordinary about it, and the authors of the Constitution understood that.

We don’t care. I watched his interviews and he stood firm and wouldn’t speculate on some other things that the inquisitors tried to get him to say.

If Reps (probably all RINO’s) want to help then get behind the POTUS and help.

Enough of Morning Joe infatuation, you give them revelance and clicks

Nice action photo there.

Mika’s immortalized with a classic “oops, somebody left the toilet seat up again” look.

Not quite in the same class as Joe Rosenthal’s snap of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima, but not bad.

They are beside themselves because Miller was awesome. They do not want the president’s position well articulated and the media’s talking points refuted effectively. They particularly don’t like having an activist court and rogue judges called out. Defending the notion that an Article III court should not substitute itself for the president is anathema to these numbskulls. Moar Miller. Less MSNBC.

So. Now we know where Mark Finkelstein stands.

    Eh. Where exactly do you think that is?

      amwick in reply to Barry. | February 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Didn’t Mark explain a while back that he had a connection with the show?.. I have a bad memory, but a job or something? So it makes sense considering. I just take their position and turn it 180.. no worries.

        Mark Finkelstein in reply to amwick. | February 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        amwick, I didn’t have a job with Morning Joe, but it was my regular blogging beat at NewsBusters for years before I came to Legal Insurrection.

        NewsBusters’ motto is “exposing and combatting liberal media bias,” and I try to do the same kind of thing here. Beyond that, there are times when Morning Joe breaks interesting news, or offers thought-provoking takes, that I like to share with our readers here.

        And while there is plenty of liberal opinion expressed at Morning Joe, Joe and Mika were among the first in the MSM to take Trump’s candidacy seriously.

        Right from the time of his announcement and during the primaries, they advanced the notion that he had a serious shot at the nomination, at a time when other were writing him off as a joke.

        They’ve had their falling-outs, and are often critical of him nowadays, but have given favorable coverage to many of his cabinet picks and have commended a number of his initiatives. For example, this morning when they gave him high marks for spending a long weekend with the Japanese PM. So it’s a mixed bag and I try to give our readers a sense of it all.

        They also attract top guests, and because of the three-hour show length, have extended, in-depth interviews that other shows don’t offer. Trump himself was a very frequent phone guest during the earlier stages of the primaries, and Joe and Mika still have good sources within his administration and occasionally speak with the president himself.

        So all in all, I think readers will find value in my reports on the show, although I understand that they are definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

          I watch morning joe 2 of 3 times a week for much the same reasons as you do. At the very least, it’s always wise to keep ourselves informed as to what the enemy is thinking, and what stories they think are important. (Fox, MSNBC, and CNN all seem to inhabit parallel but completely separate worlds now – headline stories on any one of those are often never even mentioned on the other 2)

          TY Mark,,, I did look for that comment, but obviously I failed.

I’m long tired of this obsession with the morning joe show. Are the ratings of this show so impressive that we need to care about what he said? Or are his observations ones that are so valid that we need to be aware of them as a moral compass?

If not, please stop the daily morning joe update. If his views are posted and given attention, why not do daily posts of Rachel Maddow?

It’s just Joe and Mika. Who cares about any opinion they might put forward?

I appreciate the pain the author must endure to give us a glimpse into the thinking process on the left. This way I can read the summary and never have to hear them nor waste my time watching their entire show (as if…)

Thank you Mark. It’s a dirty job you’re doing, like mucking out the stalls at the Kentucky Derby. Better you than me.

    Mark Finkelstein in reply to RedEchos. | February 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks, RedEchos. A good number of LI readers don’t see value in reports on the doings at Morning Joe, and I certainly respect their right to tune out on these posts.

    But it is unquestionably the most-watched show among opinion leaders, including President Trump himself. So if you want to know what insiders are thinking, knowing what’s being said on MJ is valuable.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mark Finkelstein. | February 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Mark.

      Hey, what better way to know what your enemy is planning. The MSM and Democrats always give multiple tells – even years before the next presidential election – if you follow them.

      I agree, and Thanks.

      My parents owned a large stable and English riding school when I was in my teens. I’ve mucked enough stalls – and don’t plan to do it anymore. So, it’s nice to know what’s going on without having to watch…

      It is a show watched by opinion FOLLOWERS in the GOPe, none worth even the milliwatts it took to post this comment.

      Morning Rino ‘Ho is simply GOPe porn.

      The GOPe are a corrupt followers, and Morning Rino ‘Ho and the propaganda he spews on behalf of his leftist followers gets them off.

    Anonamom in reply to RedEchos. | February 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    You had me until, “It’s a dirty job you’re doing, like mucking out the stalls at the Kentucky Derby.”

    I would cheerfully muck out the stalls at the Kentucky Derby just to be near to those magnificent animals. No, my friend, Mr. Finkelstein’s job is much worse: It’s filthy and dirty, but there are no pretty horses to compensate!

    (But I, too, appreciate the insight into what the Left is saying. 🙂 )

Since they brought it up: You remember the way they savaged Susan Rice on air, don’t you? Called her names, suggested she was a stupid child, said they couldn’t tell us what all the Democrats tweeting or calling in were saying about her & her performance?

Just more poo flinging. Like they do.

    rdmdawg in reply to Daiwa. | February 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I understand you’re being sarcastic, you might make that more clear as some people take these posts literally.

    We don’t care about the opinions expressed on MSNBC because they’re entirely predictable and monochrome. Their opponents, Republicans and conservatives are hopelessly racist and sexist in their narrow world-vision. It really is irrelevant if what they claim is true or not, they’ll just keep repeating the lie. ‘Morning Joe’ would’ve savaged Miller regardless of anything Miller had said. It’s what Joe’s job is.

Is there a hierarchy of cases where someone made leftists’ heads explode? I’m think Stephen’s efforts this weekend rank near the top. Good job young man.

The left usually broadcasts who they fear.

“Scarborough: ‘I can’t repeat what powerful Republicans are calling Stephen Miller’”

LOL, he’s talking to McCain and Graham most likely. Two democrat progs that register R.

Or, he just makes shit up.

Let’s see Miller, Bannon, Kelly.. non stop bashing, guess we can throw in Ivanka for grins.

Hate the left

The truth makes these so-called media talking heads wet the bed. You can’t handle the truth, Joe and Mika!

Mika is a liberal Democrat mouthpiece and Joe is a card carrying member of the GOPe. They are both anti-Trump. Once you understand that, the show becomes very predicable.

When these people savage member of trump’s administration, then it usually indicates that that person is very effective at transmitting Trump’s message. Miller w3as everything that these people hate and fear, in a Trump spokesperson. He was strong, determined, clear, and he kept hammering the administration’s message home whether the MSM talking heads liked it or not. He refused to step into their traps, while making the President and his policies look rational and realistic while making the actions and arguments of those against those policies look foolish and weak. They are especially put off by his statements which reduces the stature of the federal courts by pointing out their gross political stands, which were totally unsupported by either the law or common sense. They anti-Trump forces hate this, as their plans include using the courts to stifle Trump’s actions. And, if everyone knows that the courts are doing this based upon political ideology rather than legal grounds, that part of the plan has already failed.

What the morning Joe group does not realize is that me and millions of others think the exact same thing about the morning Joe performance as they think about the Miller performance. The only difference is that we get treated to the morning Joe misery every day.

Tell you what, Joe. You kick that idiot Mika off your show and the Trumpster will replace Stephan Miller.

He learned it from Obama and the Media! More importantly he is correct!