During MSNBC’s Tuesday broadcast of “Morning Joe,” host Mika Brzezinski said that “Democrats and any Republicans” who believe that President Donald Trump is “acting in a way that is bad for this country” should not attend the Jan. 30 State of the Union address, and encouraged lawmakers to “give him a small crowd.”
Brzezinski’s remarks followed commentary by political analyst Heidi Przybyla, who discussed the ongoing immigration debate among lawmakers, specifically as it relates to a DACA deal between Trump and Congress.
“John Kelly also, who is really guiding this president, thought this would be bad for his base,” Przybyla said regarding a DACA deal between Trump and Congress. Przybyla contended that this “does not bode well going forward for some kind of a deal given that John Kelly was thought to be potentially a moderating force in this White House.”
“And then secondly, talking about … Martin Luther King Day and the president fighting back charges of racism, there’s new reporting in here also, that it didn’t just focus on his feelings about African nations and Haiti, but that he was also dismissing the Congressional Black Caucus,” Przybyla said. “In this reporting, it said that he didn’t care what the Congressional Black Caucus thinks and that he was kind of dismissing them.”
Przybyla’s commentary sparked a retort from Brzezinski.
“I really feel that Democrats and any Republicans with a spine who actually believe that this president is lying and perhaps acting in a way that is bad for this country should not show up for the State of the Union, and some are speaking about that. Give him a small crowd,” Brzezinski suggested.
Several Democrat lawmakers have announced that they will not attend the State of the Union address on Jan. 30, including Reps. Maxine Waters of California, Frederica Johnson of Florida, John Lewis of Georgia and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.