On Thursday, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski placed blame on President Donald Trump for creating a political atmosphere that contributed to Wednesday morning's attempted mass murder in Alexandria, VA.
The Morning Joe co-host spoke without irony about "fake news" and "conspiracy theorists," framing Trump as a purveyor of the former and fellow traveler of the latter:
"I think that, very carefully, we have to talk about the added dynamic here. Because you have the right and the left - the extremes on the right and the left - you have fake news, you have conspiracy theorists who are really muddying the waters, and we have become desensitized.
We also have a president who pushes fake news and conspiracy theories - from birtherism, to promoting violence on the campaign trail. I mean, this is the new dynamic here. I'm not putting anything squarely on the president, but I have to say that this is the new added dynamic to what is a very dangerous climate."
Morning Joe's personalities, and MSNBC's operatives more broadly, regularly advance conspiratorial narratives framing Trump as an agent of malevolent Russian state influence.
Brzezinski rarely speaks off the cuff; virtually all of her spoken words on Morning Joe being read from telemprompters and notes.
H/T Mark Finkelstein at Legal Insurrection.
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