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6/27/2018

MSNBC Yapper: The United States Is Now Worse than Venezuela or Cuba

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:45 am



Steve “Compassionate Conservative” Schmidt is upset, and he wants you to know it:

“The extraordinary and astounding hypocrisy of it, to see the constancy of the assertion of Christian virtue by political leaders in this country who have established internment camps for babies and toddlers,” Schmidt said. “By the way, and I never in a million years thought I would sit here or anywhere and say this, but the difference now between Venezuela and Cuba and the United States is this. Venezuela and Cuba are the countries without internment camps for babies and toddlers.”

Also they have poverty, starvation, and political repression:

Venezuela is currently in extreme economic distress due to the socialist policies of authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro has cracked down on human rights as the country faces food and medical shortages owing to its current crisis. Cuba is a Communist country with a poor human rights record and a regime that imprisons political opponents.

You might remember Schmidt from such campaigns as Ahhhhnold or John McCain. He’s great at backing people who are Republicans but not particularly conservative. Now he’s an MSNBC analyst: a natural progression.

Allahpundit explains the game happening here:

The game is called “Crisis” and you win to the extent that your sense of despair at it outstrips others’. Opposing child separation is meh; demonstrating against it is better; saying that it places us at a moral disadvantage to the Maduro regime is an all-star performance. The spate of liberals demonstrating outside Trump aides’ homes, kicking staffers out of restaurants, and all the tedious Antifa-esque defenses of it online over the last few days are big point-scorers too. How much do you care? Enough to yank that cheese plate out of Sarah Sanders’s hand? Enough to write political spank material for leftists about how civility towards persons such as these is itself immoral? It’s a game.

The United States is attempting to stem a flood of immigrants into our borders, because we have the highest standard of living on the continent. That is what is happening. Full stop.

The trouble with statements like Schmidt’s, other than that they are idiotic, is that they get used as propaganda in other countries. Other countries where actual repression occurs. Other countries with actual internment camps.

Pro-tip: Don’t exaggerate the faults of the United States, and compare us to actual terrible countries — unless your goal is to give aid and comfort to actual terrible countries. In which case, your moral compass is way of whack. Maybe even more out of whack than Donald Trump’s!

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

43 Responses to “MSNBC Yapper: The United States Is Now Worse than Venezuela or Cuba”

  1. He’s such a jackalope, but I did call him Dr. Evil for a reason

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  2. The last line is unnecessary. This is about the left trying to destroy the nation because they’ve been indoctrinated to think that if America is successful it’s because we’ve “stolen” the wealth of the rest of the world. No different than previous “noble savage” beliefs.

    Reports about actual behavior such as a huge cache of skulls in Mexico from their indigenous Aztec population will be conveniently ignored.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3205251/Mexico-finds-main-skull-rack-Aztec-temple-complex.html

    NJRob (b00189)

  3. he’s really not important enough to pay any attention to

    msnbc’s basically just an uncommonly slutty twitter account you have to pay to get

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  4. I know people who were in the umap, the camps he pretend didn’t exist, now what has Schmidt’s shop mercury been doing lately, among other things lobbying for Russia.

    narciso (d1f714)

  5. No, it’s no game. If we have secret black sites holding people here on our own soil, our democracy is eroded. How sick. Alarm bells should be ringing, loud and clear.

    Tillman (d34303)

  6. The same sites were around 2014, which will bunch admitted he knew?

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  7. > Other countries with actual internment camps

    What makes an internment camp “actual”?

    fizzle (51fdf0)

  8. We don’t need hyperbole to criticize the low aspects of this president and administration. I just saw Ms. Ocasio-Cortez on Morning Joe and, leaving aside the news report that she’d impeach the guy, she hardly mentioned Trump’s name on the campaign trail nor got into twitter fights.
    As a guy who left the party 5 years ago after being in the party for 33 years, I read Brooks this AM with some interest.

    In 2018, the primary threat to the sacred order is no longer the state. It is a radical individualism that leads to vicious tribalism. The threat comes from those two main currents of the national Republican Party. At his essence Trump is an assault on the sacred order that conservatives hold dear — the habits and institutions that cultivate sympathy, honesty, faithfulness and friendship.
    Today you can be a conservative or a Republican, but you can’t be both.

    Trump’s is not the conservatism or Republicanism that I came up with, and the constant lying bothers the hell out of me. Schmidt won’t be the last whose breaking point was hit. I’m suspecting that conservative Harley-Davidson owners might be next.

    Paul Montagu (00b59c)

  9. Why do people give a sh!t about msnbc and their commie haters?

    mg (9e54f8)

  10. Radical individualism leads to vicious tribalism that doesn’t make sense.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  11. So what tribe allows Germany to be overrun with a million immigrants supposedly from syria?

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  12. Ah Glenn Kessler, seriously Paul, we know his game,

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  13. Today you can be a conservative or a Republican, but you can’t be both.

    Breaking news, circa 1988.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  14. Ah Glenn Kessler, seriously Paul, we know his game,

    He’s not perfect, but he’s credible, but even if Kessler is two-thirds wrong, it still means that Trump is peeling off over two lies a day, every single day, for 522 days running. What I’ve noticed, generally, is that the folks most opposed to him are left-wingers and Trumpalistas, most probably for the same reasons, i.e., they get fact-checked the most.

    Paul Montagu (00b59c)

  15. Venezuela has banned private gun ownership and the murder rate skyrocketed, especially for democracy advocates.

    Over 80% of the populace lives in poverty.

    Troops are guarding food and bottled water.

    But the USA is worse because Trump.

    Heck of a job Michael Moore/Sean Penn!

    harkin (b63958)

  16. Oh and kimba wood is gonna release all of michael cohens records just because special master my eye.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  17. Lol @ Brooks blaming Trump.

    This idiocy began before Trump.

    Compare the Tea Party gatherings to the Occupy trash & destroy mobs. Brooks is clueless.

    harkin (b63958)

  18. Well they pay him 300 k for that wisdom.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  19. Steve Schmidt Is Latest GOP Media Man to Leave Party

    GOP operative and MSNBC political analyst Steve Schmidt announced Wednesday [6/20] he was done with the Republican party, telling his fans in a lengthy twitter thread that President Trump’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant families at the border was a bridge too far.

    source- http://www.thewrap.com/steve-schmidt-leaves-republican-party-gop

    So he quit the party on principle. Imagine that.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  20. At his essence Trump is an assault on the sacred order that conservatives hold dear — the habits and institutions that cultivate sympathy, honesty, faithfulness and friendship.

    What in the world does this mean?

    BuDuh (fc15db)

  21. Like back in 2014, snorfle.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  22. That juche Dave logic,

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  23. Compare the Tea Party gatherings to the Occupy trash & destroy mobs.

    Speaking of the Tea Party, Trump basically killed that group with the tacit consent of the Tea Party itself.

    Many of the same members of Congress who were swept into office by the anti-big government Tea Party movement, back in 2010, voted eight years later for a bill that spends some $300 billion more than the caps the Tea Party class helped to enact in the first place.

    In effect, they had to choose between conservative and Republican, and they picked the latter. On a personal note, I joined the Concord Coalition back in ’92, formed by Rudman-Tsongas, because our deficit hit a record-setting $300 billion. Conservatism used to include the concept of fiscal conservatism, but not in this party, not since Newt was Speaker.

    Paul Montagu (00b59c)

  24. Some did some didnt you do recall ot was taxed enough already, the freedom caucus os mostly tea party.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  25. PM, all true. As true as what I said about them voting for Trump because the alternative was far worse.

    harkin (b63958)

  26. Who wrote the budget Paul Ryan’s who held down spending nest Gingrich’s crew as far as he was able.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  27. Congress chronologically comes before the Executive when it comes to passing Bils, Paul.

    BuDuh (fc15db)

  28. Breaking- Walrus Gumbo meets w/Vlad; Trump-Putin Summit is on; WH to announce details tomorrow.

    Why?
    Because.
    Ratings!

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  29. Congress chronologically comes before the Executive when it comes to passing Bils, Paul.

    My short answer can be summed up in the last three letters of your name.
    It’s as if a president and the majorities in Congress operate in a vacuum and do not work together to pass legislation.

    Paul Montagu (00b59c)

  30. Since you lay less blame at the feet of the majorities in Congress, Paul, I was unsure.

    BuDuh (fc15db)

  31. So nest who hasn’t been in office is the problem, not hastert boehner and ryan, who were opposed to the tea party even when it had no name.

    Narciso (1dffc8)

  32. Proof that brilliant art is still being produced in Tinseltown:

    https://cdn.mrctv.org/files/images/SABO2.png

    harkin (b63958)

  33. Allahpundit explains the game happening here: The game is called “Crisis” and you win to the extent that your sense of despair at it outstrips others’.

    “Modern-day politics is just one giant game of soccer with everyone falling down pretending to be hurt.” – J.R. Salzman

    scrutineer (de382b)

  34. I will have to watch a little MSNBC today to enjoy the lamentations.

    Patricia (3363ec)

  35. Steve Schmidt and his buddy Mike Murphy are the poster boys for “why Trump took over the GOP.”

    Kevin M (c09393)

  36. I fully expect them to join others in “Republicans for Pelosi.”

    Kevin M (c09393)

  37. Mike ‘iceberg Murphy, jebs one time confrere snorfle

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace and Ana Navarro should be run out of town on the same rail… naked, covered in tar and feathers.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  39. Well two of them are trapped on msnbc, another on cnn.

    Narciso (91438f)

  40. Mike Lee told Shannon Breem tonight on her Fox News show that he is “honored to be on that list” and that he “certainly would not say no” if offered the appointment. That’s not at all what he said when asked about whether he’d be interested in being Scalia’s replacement.

    Beldar (169151)

  41. Blearg. Wrong post, sorry.

    Beldar (169151)

  42. See, the Political Left HAS to exaggerate (not to say, completely dream up) the iniquity of their enemies, because they don’t actually have any arguments. Maybe arguments exist, but the Left has grown so intellectually flabby that all they are capable of is name calling.

    And then there’s the invidious comparison problem. See, Trump in no important particular resembles a certain despicable Austrian. He DOES kinda resemble Tom Pendergast, but the Left absolutely cannot afford to point that out because Hillary is nothing if not Boss Tweed after the sex change operation.

    C. S. P. Schofield (0b343f)

  43. 38.Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace and Ana Navarro should be run out of town on the same rail… naked, covered in tar and feathers.

    =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    A threesome, Colonel?!?!

    “Kinky!” – Hedley Lamarr [Harvey Korman] ‘Blazing Saddles’ 1974

    DCSCA (797bc0)


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