Heartbroken Chris Matthews: “How Can They Let Trump Off the Hook?”
MSNBC and CNN were the channels to watch on Sunday. If you wanted to bathe in buckets of liberal tears, nothing could be better than a combination of watching those two networks while casually browsing r/politics on Reddit. The meltdown was historic, comparable only to the day after the 2016 election. Trump’s enemies literally cannot believe what’s in front of their own eyes, and after two years of holding Robert Mueller up as a paragon of patriotism, heroism, and honor, they’ve backed themselves into a rhetorical corner they cannot escape. Their only option is to cast aspersions at Attorney General William Barr, and you get the feeling that even they understand how desperate they sound when they do that.
One liberal TV host didn’t have any problem attacking Mueller directly, though. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, disheveled and stunned by the news of the report, was visibly outraged over Mueller’s failure to bring down #45.
“Why was there never an interrogation of this president?” Matthews asked, distraught. “We were told for weeks by experts you cannot deal with an obstruction of justice charge or investigation without getting to motive. You don’t get to motive until you hear from the person himself who’s being targeted, a subject of the investigation. How can they let Trump off the hook? So far tonight, we have no reason to believe Trump is going to be charged by rhetoric in the document itself, in the Mueller report, he will not be charged with obstruction or of collusion, without ever having to sit down with the special counsel and answer his damn questions. How can that happen?”
Suddenly Robert Mueller is not the greatest FBI Director in history? Now he’s an incompetent fool who doesn’t even know how to run an investigation? How interesting!
On Saturday, even before Barr released his topline summary of the Mueller report, MSNBC’s Joy Reid was already preparing the ground for disappointment.
“Unlike the independent counsel, which that statute was allowed to expire after Bill Clinton, which can be a runaway thing of its own — but at least that’s controlled by Congress,” Reid mused. “In this — which you know it will leak, if it got to Congress it comes out that day. But the fact that this investigation takes place within the Justice Department, which Donald Trump essentially controls and he got rid of the problem Jeff Sessions, who the one decent thing that he did was recuse himself. This guy is not recused, it feels like the seeds of a cover-up are here.”
Meaning Barr, of course.
So apparently the story now is that Barr is a compromised soldier of Donald Trump, willing to subject himself to life in prison for the sake of mischaracterizing the Mueller report to Congress. It apparently has not occurred to these idiots that such treachery would be undone the moment Mueller himself sat down in front of a television camera.
Well, perhaps it occurred to Matthews, which is why he’s poking holes at the investigation itself. And it occurred to some in the Twitterverse, who are suddenly, clearly, acutely aware that Robert Mueller is a registered Republican. It’s all just too delicious to take. The very people telling us there was no such thing as a Deep State yesterday are all about the conspiracy theories today.
But this is what happens when you stake your life, your beliefs, and your professional reputation on a Democrat-concocted lie. You either admit that you were had (or, in some cases, that you were lying the whole time) or you look for any weaselly excuse to reject the conclusions of your hero and savior. So far, we’ve seen precious little of the former and a whole lot of the latter. Not surprising, but disappointing nonetheless.