MSNBC host Rachel Maddow repeatedly defended President Donald Trump on Aug. 15 after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump wanted to buy Greenland. Maddow felt that it was a “mean” thing to do to Trump (who had two Muslim American congresswomen banned from Israel earlier in the day):
I mean you’ve heard discussion about this already tonight on MSNBC, presumably you’ve heard some buzz about this since this broke, since The Wall Street Journal published this. I’m already sort of against my better judgment that I’m talking about it at all.
The reason I don’t want to spend too much time on this is because I feel like this is kind of mean. I feel like somebody is — not mean to Greenland, I mean, mean to the president — I feel like somebody is playing a joke on the president and he doesn’t know it. I feel like somebody is trying to make him look dumb, right?
So us talking about it, I feel a little bit like we’re being complicit in that other person’s mean trick.
And I know that this is like the number one trending topic worldwide right now. I know it is a very popular topic of conversation this evening for all of the obvious reasons, but I will just say if you know the president, if you are — you know, you go to dinners with him, you go to roundtables with him — if you are in position to play this kind of a mean joke on President Trump, understanding the contours of his mind and his ego and knowing he might not really get that it’s a joke and he might really run off with it and think he could do it, I mean just do the country a favor and make it a more constructive joke.
(Source: MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal)