Throwing off all pretense of objectivity, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman appeared on Tuesday's edition of "Morning Joe" where he practically begged the MSNBC audience to pull the lever for Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections and, presumably, the 2020 presidential election. The reason for voting straight Democrat, he explained: stopping Donald Trump, "the greatest threat to our democracy."
"Look, these midterms are soon to be upon us and I only have one piece of advice for people," Friedman said. "You have to vote for a Democrat."
He tried to offer his capitalism credits before diving back into his desperate plea for voting straight ticket Democrat Party.
"I have a lot of very conservative leanings on a lot of issues," he claimed. "I'm for free trade. I'm a pro-globalization, pro-business but the fact is, John, the worst Democrat running for Congress or the Senate today is better than the best Republican because the best Republicans except those who are tragically dying or retiring simply will not stand up to this man."
He got an "amen" from "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski who said, "Right," as he gave his diatribe.
Friedman continued: "And if you see the norms that he is violating. The way he is trashing some of our most cherished institutions. Things like the FBI, the Justice Department. The spreading of conspiracy theories from the bully pulpit of the White House that is a threat to the very fabric of our society and the very fabric of our democracy."
Of course, Friedman did not criticize MSNBC or anyone in the media for peddling the Russia-collusion conspiracy theory targeting President Trump.
Friedman then went on to downplay hot button issues as distractions from the Trump Administration.
"So I'm approaching this election coming up unlike any other election. I care about these issues but for me it's not about gun control, it's not about abortion, it's not about high taxes and low taxes," he said. "It's about whether you can get a lever of power that can restrain this man for the next two years because the man sitting in the Oval Office today is the greatest threat to our democracy, and I will just add one other thing which people need to remember."
He declared that there will be a crisis in the United States, which we will of course only be saved from if the viewers do not vote Republican.
Friedman opined, "We have not had a crisis yet. We've not had a real crisis except the crises Donald Trump has created. Wait till we have a real crisis and you have a president who cannot be believed sitting in the Oval Office. Then you will really see the true impact of all of this line all of this undermining of institutions."
You can watch the interview below: