Steve Schmidt: GOP Is “A Threat To Liberal Democracy” | All In | MSNBC

Steve Schmidt: GOP Is “A Threat To Liberal Democracy” | All In | MSNBC


WE’RE KEEPING OUR EYES OUT, CHRIS. CHRIS.>>KEITH ELLISON, THANK YOU.>>KEITH ELLISON, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>>MY NEXT GUEST IS A LONG TIME>>>MY NEXT GUEST IS A LONG TIME REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST WHO JUST REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST WHO JUST QUIT THE GOP AFTER ALMOST 30 QUIT THE GOP AFTER ALMOST 30 YEARS OVER THE PRESIDENT’S YEARS OVER THE PRESIDENT’S IMMIGRATION POLICY. IMMIGRATION POLICY. IN A TWEET STORM LAST WEEK, IN A TWEET STORM LAST WEEK, STEVE SCHMIDT WROTE THIS STEVE SCHMIDT WROTE THIS INDEPENDENT PARTY WILL BE INDEPENDENT PARTY WILL BE ALIGNED WITH THE ONLY PARTY LEFT ALIGNED WITH THE ONLY PARTY LEFT IN AMERICA THAT STANDS FOR WHAT IN AMERICA THAT STANDS FOR WHAT IS RIGHT AND DECENT. IS RIGHT AND DECENT. THAT PARTY IS THE DEMOCRATIC THAT PARTY IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. PARTY. AND MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR STEVE AND MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR STEVE SCHMIDT JOINS ME RIGHT HERE. SCHMIDT JOINS ME RIGHT HERE.>>GOOD TO SEE YOU CHRIS.>>GOOD TO SEE YOU CHRIS.>>FIRST I WANT TO TALK ABOUT>>FIRST I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. THAT. THE KIND OF BREAKING POINT FOR THE KIND OF BREAKING POINT FOR YOU. YOU. YOU’VE BEEN A NEVER TRUMPER. YOU’VE BEEN A NEVER TRUMPER. THAT’S BEEN CLEAR. THAT’S BEEN CLEAR. TES A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT I TES A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT I THINK HAVE VERY STRONG VIEWS THINK HAVE VERY STRONG VIEWS ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL, THIS ABOUT THIS INDIVIDUAL, THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS CHARACTER. PRESIDENT AND HIS CHARACTER. THEN THERE’S A QUESTION AT WHICH THEN THERE’S A QUESTION AT WHICH POINT THAT BECOMES TRUE ABOUT POINT THAT BECOMES TRUE ABOUT EVERYONE IN LEAGUE WITH HIM. EVERYONE IN LEAGUE WITH HIM. WHAT WAS THE BREAKING POINT FOR WHAT WAS THE BREAKING POINT FOR YOU? YOU?>>I HAD THE EXPERIENCE ON JUNE>>I HAD THE EXPERIENCE ON JUNE 5th STANDING ON JUNO BEACH AND 5th STANDING ON JUNO BEACH AND SPENDING TIME IN THE CANADIAN SPENDING TIME IN THE CANADIAN CEMETERY SPENDING TIME AT CEMETERY SPENDING TIME AT PEGASUS BRIDGE WHERE THE BRITISH PEGASUS BRIDGE WHERE THE BRITISH 6th AIRBORNE WENT IN AND 6th AIRBORNE WENT IN AND UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF THE UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF THE U.S.-LED LIBERAL GLOBAL ORDER U.S.-LED LIBERAL GLOBAL ORDER THAT EMERGED FROM THE AFTERMATH THAT EMERGED FROM THE AFTERMATH OF HUMANITY’S GREATEST TRAGEDY OF HUMANITY’S GREATEST TRAGEDY WHICH KILLED 80 MILLION PEOPLE WHICH KILLED 80 MILLION PEOPLE AND LEFT THE WORLD IN RUINS. AND LEFT THE WORLD IN RUINS. THAT LIBERAL GLOBAL ORDER IS THAT LIBERAL GLOBAL ORDER IS WORTH DEFENDING. WORTH DEFENDING. THIS PRESIDENT IS AN AUTOCRAT. THIS PRESIDENT IS AN AUTOCRAT. HE IS NOT A SMALL D DEMOCRAT. HE IS NOT A SMALL D DEMOCRAT. HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN LIBERAL HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN LIBERAL DEMOCRACY. DEMOCRACY. AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE EVERY AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING HERE EVERY DAY ARE FIVE BEHAVIORS, ONE, HE DAY ARE FIVE BEHAVIORS, ONE, HE INCITES FERVOR IN A BASE THROUGH INCITES FERVOR IN A BASE THROUGH CONSTANT LYING. CONSTANT LYING. TWO, HE SCAPEGOATS MINORITY TWO, HE SCAPEGOATS MINORITY POPULATIONS AND HE AFFIXES BLAME POPULATIONS AND HE AFFIXES BLAME FOR COMPLEX PROBLEMS TO THEM AND FOR COMPLEX PROBLEMS TO THEM AND THEM ALONE. THEM ALONE. THREE, HE ALLEGES CONSPIRACIES THREE, HE ALLEGES CONSPIRACIES THAT ARE HIDDEN AND NEFARIOUS THAT ARE HIDDEN AND NEFARIOUS AND LINKED TO THOSE SCAPEGOATED AND LINKED TO THOSE SCAPEGOATED POPULATIONS. POPULATIONS. FOUR, HE SPREADS A SENSE OF FOUR, HE SPREADS A SENSE OF VICTIMIZATIONS AMONG THOSE FER VICTIMIZATIONS AMONG THOSE FER PER VENT SUPPORTERS. PER VENT SUPPORTERS. AND FIVE, HE AN SERS THE NEED TO AND FIVE, HE AN SERS THE NEED TO EXERT HERETOFORE UNPRECEDENTED EXERT HERETOFORE UNPRECEDENTED POWER TO PROTECT HIS VICTIM POWER TO PROTECT HIS VICTIM CLASS FROM THE CONSPIRACIES AND CLASS FROM THE CONSPIRACIES AND THE SCAPEGOATED POPULATIONS. THE SCAPEGOATED POPULATIONS. THROUGH ALL OF HISTORY, YOU THROUGH ALL OF HISTORY, YOU UNDERSTAND TOTALITARIANISM, YOU UNDERSTAND TOTALITARIANISM, YOU UNDERSTAND HOW DEMOCRACIES FALL. UNDERSTAND HOW DEMOCRACIES FALL. YOU WILL FIND THOSE FIVE YOU WILL FIND THOSE FIVE BEHAVIORS. BEHAVIORS. NOW, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND NOW, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY I WOULD THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY I WOULD ARGUE AND YOU AND I DISAGREE ON ARGUE AND YOU AND I DISAGREE ON MANY MANY THINGS BUT WE ARE MANY MANY THINGS BUT WE ARE FIDELITIOUS TO LIBERAL FIDELITIOUS TO LIBERAL DEMOCRACY. DEMOCRACY.>>THAT’S TRUE.>>THAT’S TRUE.>>THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE>>THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE MUST CONTINUE. PEOPLE MUST CONTINUE. AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ABDICATED, CONSERVATIVE MIX HAS ABDICATED, CONSERVATIVE MIX HAS BECOME SYNONYM MUS WITH BECOME SYNONYM MUS WITH OBEDIENCE TO THE LEADER A LEADER OBEDIENCE TO THE LEADER A LEADER WHO SAYS I AM THE LAW. WHO SAYS I AM THE LAW. I AM ABOVE THE LAW. I AM ABOVE THE LAW. I WILL DEFINE WHAT TRUTH IS, I WILL DEFINE WHAT TRUTH IS, TRUTH IS WHAT THE LEADER SAYS IT TRUTH IS WHAT THE LEADER SAYS IT IS. IS. NOT WHAT WE WOULD HAVE NOT WHAT WE WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED MONTHS AGO AS RECOGNIZED MONTHS AGO AS OBJECTIVE TRUTH. OBJECTIVE TRUTH. SO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS SO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BECOME A THREAT TO LIBERAL BECOME A THREAT TO LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND ALL OVER THE DEMOCRACY AND ALL OVER THE WORLD, WE SEE A REGRESSION IN WORLD, WE SEE A REGRESSION IN POLAND, IN HUNGARY, THE RISE OF POLAND, IN HUNGARY, THE RISE OF FAR RIGHT ETH-NATIONALIST FAR RIGHT ETH-NATIONALIST PARTIES AND THE LAST TIME THIS PARTIES AND THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED, IT UNLEASHED A TRAGEDY HAPPENED, IT UNLEASHED A TRAGEDY THE LIKES OF WHICH THE WORLD HAS THE LIKES OF WHICH THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN. NEVER SEEN. AND I THINK THERE’S A REAL LACK AND I THINK THERE’S A REAL LACK OF IMAGINATION IN THIS COUNTRY OF IMAGINATION IN THIS COUNTRY ABOUT HOW FRAGILE THESE ABOUT HOW FRAGILE THESE INSTITUTIONS ARE AND ABOUT HOW INSTITUTIONS ARE AND ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS A PRESIDENT IS DANGEROUS A PRESIDENT IS UNPREPARED AS AUTHORITARIAN AS UNPREPARED AS AUTHORITARIAN AS IGNORANT AS HE THE DAMAGE THAT IGNORANT AS HE THE DAMAGE THAT HE WOULD BE ABLE TO CAUSE. HE WOULD BE ABLE TO CAUSE.>>THAT’S INCREDIBLY WELL SAID.>>THAT’S INCREDIBLY WELL SAID. AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS AND AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS AND YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE BEHAVIORS YOU THINK ABOUT THOSE BEHAVIORS THEY THEY EEM SO OBVIOUS. EEM SO OBVIOUS. AND HERE YOU HAVE TODAY THE AND HERE YOU HAVE TODAY THE COURT, THIS IS WHAT I FOUND SO COURT, THIS IS WHAT I FOUND SO FASCINATING ABOUT THE COURT’S FASCINATING ABOUT THE COURT’S DECISION TODAY. DECISION TODAY. IF DONALD TRUMP WASN’T DONALD IF DONALD TRUMP WASN’T DONALD TRUMP AND PRESIDENT MARCO RUBIO TRUMP AND PRESIDENT MARCO RUBIO ON KAY ONE PUTS IN THIS BAN, IT ON KAY ONE PUTS IN THIS BAN, IT ALMOST CERTAINLY IT’S NOT EVEN A ALMOST CERTAINLY IT’S NOT EVEN A QUESTION. QUESTION. THE QUESTION IS, DOES WHAT THIS THE QUESTION IS, DOES WHAT THIS GUY HAS SAID AND THE BIGOTRY GUY HAS SAID AND THE BIGOTRY HE’S ESPOUSED TAINT IN A KINDS HE’S ESPOUSED TAINT IN A KINDS OF UNFIXABLE WAY OF UNFIXABLE WAY CONSTITUTIONALLY THIS BAN. CONSTITUTIONALLY THIS BAN. WE ALL SAW IT HAPPEN IN WE ALL SAW IT HAPPEN IN REALTIME. REALTIME. IT’S REMARKABLE YOU HAVE GORSUCH IT’S REMARKABLE YOU HAVE GORSUCH AND ROBERTS WHO IS SOMETHING YOU AND ROBERTS WHO IS SOMETHING YOU WORKED ON HIS CONFIRMATION. WORKED ON HIS CONFIRMATION.>>I LED THE CONFIRMATION.>>I LED THE CONFIRMATION.>>BEAK DOING A KIND OF>>BEAK DOING A KIND OF SOPHISTICATED VERSION OF THE SOPHISTICATED VERSION OF THE PAUL RYAN I DIDN’T READ THE PAUL RYAN I DIDN’T READ THE TWEET. TWEET. THEY ALL READ THE PAPER AND SO THEY ALL READ THE PAPER AND SO THE FACTS OF THE CASE. THE FACTS OF THE CASE.>>THE INTENT WAS PERFECTLY>>THE INTENT WAS PERFECTLY CLEAR. CLEAR. THIS WAS A RELIGIOUS TEST. THIS WAS A RELIGIOUS TEST. THIS WAS A RELIGIOUS BAN. THIS WAS A RELIGIOUS BAN. THIS WAS WHAT HE SAID IT WAS. THIS WAS WHAT HE SAID IT WAS. WE SHOULD TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY WE SHOULD TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY WHEN HE SAYS THINGS. WHEN HE SAYS THINGS. AND SO THIS IS AS UN-AMERICAN A AND SO THIS IS AS UN-AMERICAN A POLICY AS WE HAVE EVER SEEN. POLICY AS WE HAVE EVER SEEN. WE HAVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN WE HAVE FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS COUNTRY. AND THIS IS ALSO TRUE. AND THIS IS ALSO TRUE. THIS DECISION HARMS THE NATIONAL THIS DECISION HARMS THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY IN A SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY IN A PROFOUND WAY. PROFOUND WAY. THE FORCES OF ISLAMIC RADICALISM THE FORCES OF ISLAMIC RADICALISM OF EXTREMISM ARE REAL AND OF EXTREMISM ARE REAL AND DANGEROUS. DANGEROUS. BUT THE ONLY FORCE THAT CAN BUT THE ONLY FORCE THAT CAN DEFEAT IT IS MODERATE ISLAM. DEFEAT IT IS MODERATE ISLAM. THIS WAS A GIFT TO THE THIS WAS A GIFT TO THE EXTREMISTS. EXTREMISTS. THIS WAS A FULFILLMENT OF BIN THIS WAS A FULFILLMENT OF BIN LADEN’S STRATEGY WHICH WAS TO LADEN’S STRATEGY WHICH WAS TO PRECIPITATE A GLOBAL CONFLICT, A PRECIPITATE A GLOBAL CONFLICT, A WAR OF CIVILIZATIONS BETWEEN THE WAR OF CIVILIZATIONS BETWEEN THE WEST AND BETWEEN ISLAM. WEST AND BETWEEN ISLAM. WE DON’T WANT TO BE AT WAR WITH WE DON’T WANT TO BE AT WAR WITH A BILLION MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE A BILLION MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE WORLD IN A 21st CENTURY CRUSADE. WORLD IN A 21st CENTURY CRUSADE. SO THE STIGMATIZING OF GOOD AND SO THE STIGMATIZING OF GOOD AND DECENT PEOPLE IN THE INSULT DECENT PEOPLE IN THE INSULT GIVEN TO THE MUSLIM SOLDIERS WHO GIVEN TO THE MUSLIM SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY, WHO HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY, WHO HAVE SACRIFICED, IT IS HAVE SACRIFICED, IT IS APPALLING. APPALLING.>THERE’S ALSO A SIMILARITY HERE>THERE’S ALSO A SIMILARITY HERE THAT STRIKES ME WHAT’S HAPPENING THAT STRIKES ME WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE BORDER AND HERE. ON THE BORDER AND HERE. IN BOTH CASES THE PRESIDENT IN BOTH CASES THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT MS-13 AND I.C.E. TALKS ABOUT MS-13 AND I.C.E. THOSE ARE TWO GROUPS GENUINELY THOSE ARE TWO GROUPS GENUINELY IVL. IVL. THERE’S NO REAL SUPPORTS ARE OF THERE’S NO REAL SUPPORTS ARE OF THEM. THEM. WHAT HE DOES POLICY WISE IS WHAT HE DOES POLICY WISE IS PEOPLE FLEEING I.C.E. FROM SYRIA PEOPLE FLEEING I.C.E. FROM SYRIA AND PEOPLE FLEEING THE MURDERS AND PEOPLE FLEEING THE MURDERS IN GUATEMALA TRYING TO FLEE TO IN GUATEMALA TRYING TO FLEE TO THIS COUNTRY, THOSE ARE THE THIS COUNTRY, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT END UP CAUGHT IN THE PEOPLE THAT END UP CAUGHT IN THE GEARS OF HIS DEMONIZATION OF GEARS OF HIS DEMONIZATION OF THOSE GROUPS. THOSE GROUPS.>>YOU LOOK AT REGRESSION OF>>YOU LOOK AT REGRESSION OF DEMOCRACY TO AN OUGHTOCRACY. DEMOCRACY TO AN OUGHTOCRACY. ALL THROUGH HISTORY, WHEN YOU ALL THROUGH HISTORY, WHEN YOU LOOK AT VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL LOOK AT VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL LIBERTIES THEY HAVE ALWAYS LIBERTIES THEY HAVE ALWAYS OCCURRED THROUGH A PRISM OF OCCURRED THROUGH A PRISM OF FEAR, FEAR IS A CONTAGION. FEAR, FEAR IS A CONTAGION. IT ERODES DEMOCRATIC VALUES AND IT ERODES DEMOCRATIC VALUES AND INSTITUTIONS BUT ALWAYS IN THE INSTITUTIONS BUT ALWAYS IN THE NAME OF SECURITY THAT CIVIL NAME OF SECURITY THAT CIVIL LISHES ARE COL PRO MIZED AND LISHES ARE COL PRO MIZED AND THAT LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED THAT LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED THROUGH HISTORY. THROUGH HISTORY. AND HERE WE ARE REPEATING IT AND HERE WE ARE REPEATING IT AGAIN. AGAIN. AND THE MORAL SHAME THAT COMES AND THE MORAL SHAME THAT COMES FROM INTERNMENT CAMPS AND FROM INTERNMENT CAMPS AND PRECISELY WHAT THEY ARE FOR PRECISELY WHAT THEY ARE FOR TODDLERS AND CHILDREN WHO ARE TODDLERS AND CHILDREN WHO ARE STRIPPED AWAY, SOME OF THOSE STRIPPED AWAY, SOME OF THOSE CHILDREN STRIPPED AWAY FROM CHILDREN STRIPPED AWAY FROM BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS, IT IS A BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS, IT IS A SHAME THAT WILL LINGER A STENCH SHAME THAT WILL LINGER A STENCH THAT WILL LINGER AROUND THIS THAT WILL LINGER AROUND THIS VIAL ADMINISTRATION AND MY VIEW VIAL ADMINISTRATION AND MY VIEW FOR A CENTURY. FOR A CENTURY.>>IS THERE A — IS THERE A>>IS THERE A — IS THERE A POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY OF VOTE POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY OF VOTE IN OTHER WORDS THE COUNTRY THAT IN OTHER WORDS THE COUNTRY THAT FEEL THE WAY YOU DO? FEEL THE WAY YOU DO? I REALLY MEAN THIS. I REALLY MEAN THIS. LIKE I DON’T KNOW IF THERE IS. LIKE I DON’T KNOW IF THERE IS. THERE’S STEVE SCHMIDT. THERE’S STEVE SCHMIDT. THERE’S NICOLLE WALLACE. THERE’S NICOLLE WALLACE. THERE’S CHARLIE SYKES, PEOPLE THERE’S CHARLIE SYKES, PEOPLE THAT EXIST IN THE WORLD AND BRET THAT EXIST IN THE WORLD AND BRET STEPHENS. STEPHENS. ARE THERE VOTERS WHO AT WHAT’S ARE THERE VOTERS WHO AT WHAT’S HAPPENING AND SAY I’M A HAPPENING AND SAY I’M A REPUBLICAN AND CAN’T ABIDE THIS. REPUBLICAN AND CAN’T ABIDE THIS. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY EXIST. I DON’T KNOW IF THEY EXIST.>>I THINK THERE ARE ACTS OF>>I THINK THERE ARE ACTS OF KINDNESS AND DECENCY THAT TAKE KINDNESS AND DECENCY THAT TAKE PLACE EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. PLACE EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS I THINK ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING WHERE JOHNNY SMITH, SHOOTING WHERE JOHNNY SMITH, 33-YEAR-OLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN 33-YEAR-OLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN RUNS INTO A HAIL OF GUNFIRE. RUNS INTO A HAIL OF GUNFIRE. HE SAVES 33 PEOPLE’S LIVES. HE SAVES 33 PEOPLE’S LIVES. HE’S RUNNING TOWARDS A GROUP OF HE’S RUNNING TOWARDS A GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS TO SAVE THEM AND SCHOOL KIDS TO SAVE THEM AND HE’S SHOT TWICE IN THE NECK. HE’S SHOT TWICE IN THE NECK. AND THEN A WHITE COP RUNS INTO AND THEN A WHITE COP RUNS INTO THE GUNFIRE TO SAVE JOHNNY THE GUNFIRE TO SAVE JOHNNY SMITH’S LIFE. SMITH’S LIFE. THAT IS ALSO AMERICA. THAT IS ALSO AMERICA. THE AUTHOR ALEX HALEY HAD A THE AUTHOR ALEX HALEY HAD A SAYING, HE SAID FIND THE GOOD SAYING, HE SAID FIND THE GOOD AND PRAISE IT. AND PRAISE IT. NOBODY CAN COMPETE WITH DONALD NOBODY CAN COMPETE WITH DONALD TRUMP IN A VILENESS CONTEST. TRUMP IN A VILENESS CONTEST. HE’S THE MOST VIAL. HE’S THE MOST VIAL. NOBODY CAN COMPETE WITH DONALD NOBODY CAN COMPETE WITH DONALD TRUMP IN A DISHONESTY CONTEST. TRUMP IN A DISHONESTY CONTEST. BECAUSE HE’S THE MOST DISHONESTY BECAUSE HE’S THE MOST DISHONESTY HONEST. HONEST. WE HAVE TO FIND THE GOOD AND WE HAVE TO FIND THE GOOD AND PRAISE IT IN THIS COUNTRY. PRAISE IT IN THIS COUNTRY. FREE MARKET AMERICAN CAPITALISM FREE MARKET AMERICAN CAPITALISM IS WORTH DEFENDING IN MY VIEW. IS WORTH DEFENDING IN MY VIEW. LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS WORTH LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IS WORTH DEFENDING. DEFENDING. THE U.S.-LED LIBERAL GLOBAL THE U.S.-LED LIBERAL GLOBAL ORDER DESPITE ALL OF ITS FLAWS, ORDER DESPITE ALL OF ITS FLAWS, IT HAS SECURED THE PEACE, IT HAS IT HAS SECURED THE PEACE, IT HAS LIFTED BILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON THE LIFTED BILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON THE PLANET OUT OF ABJECT POVERTY PLANET OUT OF ABJECT POVERTY INTO SOMETHING APPROACHING INTO SOMETHING APPROACHING PROSPERITY OVER THE LAST 73 PROSPERITY OVER THE LAST 73 YEARS. YEARS. ALL OF THIS IS WORTH DEFENDING. ALL OF THIS IS WORTH DEFENDING. IT WAS ARCHITECTED BY GIANTS. IT WAS ARCHITECTED BY GIANTS. CONCEIVED BY FDR. CONCEIVED BY FDR. BUILT BY A PLAIN SPOKEN MAN FROM BUILT BY A PLAIN SPOKEN MAN FROM INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI, HARRY INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI, HARRY TRUMAN. TRUMAN. STEWARDED FROM JOHN KENNEDY TO STEWARDED FROM JOHN KENNEDY TO RONALD REAGAN TO BARACK OBAMA RONALD REAGAN TO BARACK OBAMA AND THE DEPARTURE FROM IT BY AND THE DEPARTURE FROM IT BY THIS PRESIDENT, HIS FEATHER THIS PRESIDENT, HIS FEATHER SIZING AUTOCRATS FROM ERDOGAN TO SIZING AUTOCRATS FROM ERDOGAN TO PUTIN TO PRESIDENT XI IS PUTIN TO PRESIDENT XI IS DISTURBING. DISTURBING. OUR ALLIES WHO WE ARE CONNECTED OUR ALLIES WHO WE ARE CONNECTED TO BY SHARED HISTORY AND VALUES TO BY SHARED HISTORY AND VALUES ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED. ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED. BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT THE BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO LIVE IN TRUMP I STAN. LIVE IN TRUMP I STAN. THEY WANT TO CONTINUE LIVING IN THEY WANT TO CONTINUE LIVING IN AMERICA. AMERICA. THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IN 2018. IN 2018. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MIDTERM ELECTION INCOME AMERICAN MIDTERM ELECTION INCOME AMERICAN HISTORY. HISTORY. BECAUSE IF THIS IS NOT BECAUSE IF THIS IS NOT REPUDIATED IN NOVEMBER, THIS REPUDIATED IN NOVEMBER, THIS COUNTRY’S GOING DOWN A TRACK OF COUNTRY’S GOING DOWN A TRACK OF NOT JUST DECLINE BUT A NOT JUST DECLINE BUT A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE THAT WILL BE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE THAT WILL BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO CHANGE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY THAT WE’RE ON.

100 thoughts on “Steve Schmidt: GOP Is “A Threat To Liberal Democracy” | All In | MSNBC

  1. In all honesty I hope more Republicans would stand up & go back 2 Lincoln & stand up for themselves! Because I have never been a conservative myself but there were a lot I respected, Even though I disagreed on issue of policy! But now there is no way I can respect any of the Republican Party all the respectable one's are gone! Bye Republicans we probably won't miss You!!!

  2. Mr. Schmidt for President! He doesn't sound like an ideologue or even a Republican on the most important issues facing this nation. He correctly points out the role that liberal democracy has played since the end of WWII resulting in a much better world. He correctly points out that the enemy of people everywhere is the autocratic, authoritarianism that Trump embraces and promotes. Extremism of all kinds is the darkness that threatens and democracy is the light which will enlighten. To paraphrase Ben Franklin … a people which willingly give up their freedoms for greater security, deserve neither. Mr. Schmidt is an articulate independent, objective, critical thinker who is a true patriot and defender of democracy. He knows that the spread of democracy is the only hope for mankind and the future of this planet. A free market economy that is constantly evolving and is not ruthlessly exploitative in nature can co-exist within a compassionate liberal democracy and be a vehicle for greater prosperity for all where peace, co-operation and respect for the dignity of of the individual are part of the core values necessary for the political fidelity that Mr. Schmidt identifies so correctly and is well worth defending!

  3. Let's never forget the political party that gave us the traitor Trump. Republicunts are complicit in treason against America. Either they pay dearly and get voted out in droves or we will lose America as a free and democratic nation forever.

  4. At last. Mr Schmidt with excellent clarity has detailed Trump,s Danger to Liberal Democracy through out the world.

  5. I'd like to meet a Dumpster who knows what "liberal democracy" means and who doesn't confuse it with liberalism as currently understood in the US. Does such Dumpster exist?

  6. I used to be skeptical of you, Steve Schmidt. But now I am a deeply respectful of your views, your articulation and your perspective. I don't know whether you head has changed, or mine but I now think your opinions and expressions are awesome.

  7. I wish more people would stand up for our country regardless of party like you did. For the sake of our future and that of our children and grandchildren, the men and women who have taken an oath and are being paid to represent us and put country ahead of party and their own interests should start doing it. Thank you Mr. Schmidt for your courage and dignity.

  8. Steve Schmidt is is the VOICE OF REASON.
    I have only one tiny, little problem with his appearances on MSNBC: MSNBC watchers are, I believe , mostly Democrats, people who already know who and what Trump is and want him gone. Steve Schmidt needs to convert Republicans to his (and our) cause & way of thinking. He has the great advantage that he's not running for an elected office (although I wish he were), and so his views are not tainted by a desire for gain, office, power etc.
    Is there any way to enable him to talk to the unenlightened?
    That said, please Mr. Schmidt, you are a most welcome guest on MSNBC–anytime at all! Here I believe that I speak for MSNBC's management & listeners alike.

  9. ~ Song for the day, August 1, 2018:
    1970's "1984" by Spirit. VOTE in November for decent people capable of empathy, reason, and critical thinking.
    Cheers, DAVEDJ ~

  10. Steve run for president in 2020 what you would do to him in a debate after 5 minutes he would be crying. You would expose him like no one else can.

  11. Amazing. Very well said on absolutely every point. Even as a left-leaning voter, if Steve ran as a congressman or Senator, I’d vote for him.

  12. Trump voters should be forced to listen to this. I dont know if they could understand what hes talking about or whether they can take information in, thats not a slogan like "lock her up" or " build that wall" but if i could , i would insist they listen and try to think about what hes saying.

  13. Hillary will win with 400+ electoral votes. — Steve Schmidt. Is this guy for real with predictions like that??

  14. Steve Schmidt is saying is the truth, he sees something real bad only to become worse. The US could end up in a state of dictatorship if nothing is done about it soon. Other countries have fallen to dictatorships and no nation has immunity from it, if measures aren't taken.

    Latin America has traditionally been home to dictators: charismatic men who have seized almost complete control over their nations and held it for years, even decades. Some have been fairly benign, some cruel and violent, and others merely peculiar. With that said do you want the US to follow suit?

    Nicaragua, was a victim of a dictatorship and these dictators and their families are hard to get rid of.

    Not only was Anastasio Somoza (1896-1956) a dictator, he founded a whole line of them, as his two sons followed in his footsteps after his death. For almost fifty years, the Somoza family treated Nicaragua like their own private estate, taking whatever they wanted from the treasury and granting favors to friends and family. Anastasio was a cruel, crooked despot who was nevertheless supported by the US government because he was staunchly anti-communist.

  15. I love when comments say "America is a Republic not a democracy", they are definitely the first people who would happily trade in elections for a dictatorship. That comment shows that it's already in their DNA.

  16. That's why people have to think and judge for themselves. I've told many people that just because you tell me this doesn't mean it's true. I'm checking it out. This man is 100% spot on.

  17. " Free market American capitalism " is a fraud! It doesn't work and never has. What good and prosperity that has come from it has to be squeezed out by social democratic forces. Free market capitalism is NOT a liberal principal world wide. Liberals accept that a stable economy is a well regulated economy.

  18. yes it was pre war on 1939 the rise of protectionism and nationalism ,history repeats itself , the second time we call them stupidity

  19. This man, Steve, is an absolute genius. Listen to him and act according to your own conscience. His incredible knowledge and experience is working towards bringing us to the final release of a country held hostage by a mad man.

  20. Carlin said it best: "where do you think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky! They don't pass through a membrane from another reality! They come from American parents, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses, and American universities, and they're elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks, this is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces, garbage in…garbage out."

  21. Of course it is. Liberal Democracy is not practiced by the left anymore. Now the Socialist Party wants to convert all illegal immigrants into voters because hey are so desperate for power. Illgal immigrants should have no benefits to attract them to the US. Democrats want anyone given citizenship that will vote for them.

  22. Well thank god we aren't a liberal democracy…..we are a constitutional republic and this is why folks the framers wanted political elites to vote

  23. The democrats support the American revolution and republicans are counter revolutionaries. Time to be an American and fight with your vote.

  24. The Demorats want to do away with the Constitution. North Korea was a half step away from nuking us. Leaders of MS 13 chapters were openly talking about taking over the country. Americans have less rights than immigrants. The way our senior citizens is being treated is treasonas.,

  25. Woah! This the same guy that said Cuba and Venezuela didn't have internment camps but we do. Maybe he has talking about FDR. This guy is a joke. He should have a show on manic just like that other clown Sharpton.

  26. The bigger issue is that of fraudulent vote counts manipulated by software hidden in the tabulation cards produced by Diebold and other companies selling electronic voting systems all across the nation. I can handle a voter-mandate either way if there's a level playing field, but the fact is that our votes do not matter, one way or another. Watch this video for details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZLWPleeCHE

  27. How was Steve ever a GOPer. This guy spent 30 yrs in the Republican Party. I know he is a never Trumper, but he is also holding his own party responsible for not standing up for US citizens.

    I’m sure he’s seen and heard some deplorable things and policies and I’m sure it helped in his decision to leave the party.

  28. It is absolutely amazing how you are describing how you see Trump and the right and yet you have defined exactly what the Democrats have been doing ever since they lost the last election. It's really quite astonishing to listen to you totally projecting the total opposite of reality! Something must have happened to you that was so profound that you've lost your perspective. I've always respected your views even when I disagreed, but what you're defining as the Republican party and by deduction, Hillary would have been a better choice, says more about you than anyone else. You obviously have no clue what is really going on beneath the surface and how huge the battle we are up against really is! You're misunderstanding of it all because of some experience or what have you, has distorted your entire conscious view of reality. You really need to get a grip. Your anger is being used against you by negative thought forms that have nothing to do with politics. Try to unpack your inner voice where your truth lives.

  29. In danger of what Steve? Your constant negativity is dangerous and counterproductive towards real betterment of the country.

  30. Steve should run for president, as a duty to his country, he is passionate in his outrage against a stupid tyrant like donald trump. (exactly like I am!!) Steve Schmidt is an honest, competent individual, very intelligent and could put our country back on track!! This is the first time I've ever lived in this country being run by don the con man Corleone and his Corleonettes, the Mafia family of donald trump and his crooked family!!! (and I am 76!) There are very few Republicans on the Hill any more, these are trump republikans, the Oligarchy Party with the very rich congress members, the Oligarchs!! These people have given their oath of allegiance, to trump, led by Mitch McConnell!! I believe trump has worked for Russia way before Vladimir Putin showed up!! You know how bad the situation is, when the enemy of this country is the president, and your government has to be protected from him!!!

  31. Liberal Democracy is a threat to rational thinking and an America that honors the rule of law.
    WWG1WGA
    Panic in DC
    Justice comes

  32. I've been listening to this guy since Trump became president, I wish he had his own channel. Steve and Beau of the fifth column are all you need to get your brain cells going as to what is going on.

  33. The Republican Party left my father in 1992 due the party moving from the Center-Right to the Right-Wing which was seen during George H.W. Bush's reelection campaign.

  34. Steve Schmidt, Thank you, want you to know I too along with millions of others who cares about decency, honesty, truth and righteousness are with you. How can we have such a man who's mind is a garbage dump of deceits, who have no honor, to be a ahead of this wonderful country. Oh please lets get this man Trump out of the office and put him in jail.

  35. I don't belive it matters who the puppet at the helm is….its all the about control at the very top…

  36. Mad respect for this guy. It took balls to walk away from his party and then go on Tv and tell the truth every time he speaks. Keep it up Steve. The majority of Americans
    believe what you are saying..

  37. trump's fumbling of the immigration problem has now emerged as the GOP's
    achilles heel for 2020. The trumped up all consuming fake border
    security issue (caravans and all) was merely a surrogate for a miserable
    failure in developing practical immigration policy. The heavy lifting
    had already been done under Obama where the senate had prepared a
    comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill and passed it. But a
    deliberate GOP obstructionist effort refused to table the bill in
    congress. Then when McConnell became leader of the senate he killed it.
    He tried to do the same with Obamacare, but failed.
    Now the immigration travesty that we are left with since is the
    handiwork of the bumbling Joseph Goebbels of senior policy advisors to
    trump, Stephen Miller. This far-right political activist, erstwhile
    communications director for Jeff Sessions, is clearly behind the
    heartless, cruel and unjustified treatment of children at the US border.
    His evil rhetoric is now manifest in bloody criminal deeds callously
    perpetrated by the trump administration in plain sight.

  38. trump's fumbling of the immigration problem has now emerged as the GOP's
    achilles heel for 2020. The trumped up all consuming fake border
    security issue (caravans and all) was merely a surrogate for a miserable
    failure in developing practical immigration policy. The heavy lifting
    had already been done under Obama where the senate had prepared a
    comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill and passed it. But a
    deliberate GOP obstructionist effort refused to table the bill in
    congress. Then when McConnell became leader of the senate he killed it.
    He tried to do the same with Obamacare, but failed.
    Now the immigration travesty that we are left with since is the
    handiwork of the bumbling Joseph Goebbels of senior policy advisors to
    trump, Stephen Miller. This far-right political activist, erstwhile
    communications director for Jeff Sessions, is clearly behind the
    heartless, cruel and unjustified treatment of children at the US border.
    His evil rhetoric is now manifest in bloody criminal deeds callously
    perpetrated by the trump administration in plain sight.

  39. If Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama would have DONE THEIR JOBS, and set up a more 'efficient citizenship' system, we would not be in the snowballed situation we are in today. Just 'register these people down on the border, give them a USA Orientation of a Brief US History, a SS Card, an IRS tax form for 2019, and get them on the Fed. Tax roll and let them in. This would be an 8 or 16 hour 'Ellis Island' type set up. Same as they do for 'Citizens of a College Campus". 1. Register and pay 2. Orientation 3. Study the Campus rules 4. Attend classes. Problem solved – Done.

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