Meet the Press Panel Melts Down Over Trump's 'Performative Narcissism'

NewsBusters | 4/15/2019 | Staff
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Shortly after interviewing Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd brought in his panel to discuss the immigration crisis at the southern border. While the panel was split on whether or not there actually is a crisis on the border, they all seemed united in their contempt for President Trump, melting down over his “performative narcissism” and warning of a “genuine democratic crisis” because of his “lack of governance.”

Todd began the conversation by describing Conway as somebody who “represented an administration that...wants to do something, wants to do a deal but her boss doesn’t sound like somebody that wants to do a deal.” New York Times columnist David Brooks outlined what would happen in a “magical fantasy land where we have a President who cares about solving other people’s problems” before trashing President Trump: “President Trump sees every problem as a chance for his own performative narcissism, as a chance for him to show...what a man he is.”

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Brooks also accused the President of trying to “deter immigration through cruelty,” arguing “that’s why we have this problem.”

Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post repeatedly dismissed the idea of a crisis on the border. According to Robinson, “we’re a country of 330 million people, you know, richest, most powerful country on Earth. Yes, we can deal with 50,000 families, you know...people on the border...Let’s build the facilities and put the people in place and let’s get it done.”

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While Danielle Pletka of The American Enterprise Institute argued that the situation at the border is “a genuine crisis,” she accused President Trump of widening “the chasm between himself and proper governance” and warned of “another year and a half of mismanagement...lack of governance...and of genuine democratic crisis.”

While Brooks did not hesitate to trash President Trump, he also focused on...
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