Elise Jordan warned Republicans against defending a fact-challenged President Donald Trump, comparing doing so to “hugging a suicide bomber” on MSNBC Thursday.
The comments were in response to Trump’s latest tweets undermining his previous statement hinting that he may have recorded tapes of his conversations with former FBI director James Comey.
Trump tweeted on Thursday, following a Bloomberg story reporting that there were no such tapes, that he has “no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of [his] conversations with James Comey.”
MSNBC’s Craig Melvin asked Jordan about the president’s tweets, noting “it would seem as if the president may have been lying all along about the existence of these tapes.”
“No, he’s just wasting — he wasted the country’s collective time speculating over whether these tapes existed or not,” Jordan said. “It’s a sad day when you cannot depend on the president’s word.”
Jordan — a Bush White House aide turned MSNBC analyst and TIME contributor — then doled out some advice for Republican lawmakers: “My advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him — it’s like hugging a suicide bomber.”
“He blows you up in the process with him,” she added.
“That’s a little strong, Elise,” Melvin responded.
“If you’re a Republican who went out on a limb and defended Donald Trump over saying, well, he’s got tapes that will back up his point of view, you just got blown up, too,” Jordan concluded.
(First reported by Mediaite) http://www.mediaite.com/tv/elise-jordan-says-defending-trump-like-hugging-a-suicide-bomber/ (June 23, 2017)
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