After hosting her own show on Wednesday, move on to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell MTP Daily Continuing the new tradition of the media to act as historically high gas prices is only due to Vladimir Putin’s decision to wage war against Ukraine. Not only did Mitchell defend that point, he described it as “a great way to get the message across.”
Host Chuck Todd just lamented that gas prices are a “strong” domestic issue that could hurt Democrats in November when Mitchell agreed: “It’s a strong one, but I really think, when talking to members of Congress, they’re seeing this now. Politics at the moment, and it may not be permanent that the American people are behind us. And more likely, they are willing to take a hit at the pump. I don’t think it’s sold enough. “
Todd then stopped short of giving Democrats his own advice on how to sell higher gas prices, “If that doesn’t mean war is brought here, doesn’t it? For example, it’s another way of messaging, I might argue?”
Mitchell then goes on to contradict his earlier statement, “Yes. And ‘Putin’s price increase’ is a great way to send a message. The pictures are very destructive.”
She then argued that the horrific images outside of Ukraine, such as the bombings of maternity wards, made her “think that seeing these faces, I think people are willing to tolerate it, that is, at least, the Democrats in Congress. Think.”
For Republicans, Mitchell added: “I really thought that the Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, was too premature in his new message that people are not blaming President Biden for it. Yet. I think he has managed, at least through the State of the Union.” He has been able to file a case. “
As difficult as it may be for Democrats and their media friends like Mitchell to understand, most Americans know that history has not begun in the last few weeks.
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Here is a transcript of the March 9 show:
MSNBC MTP Daily
1:48 PM ET
Andrea Mitchell: It’s a strong one, but I really think, speaking to members of Congress, they’re seeing politics now, and it may not be permanent that the American people are behind us. And more likely, willing to take a hit at the pump. I don’t think it sold well enough.
Chuck Todd: That doesn’t mean war isn’t brought here, does it? Like, that this message is another way, can I argue?
Mitchell: Yes. And “Putin’s price increase” is a great way to get the message across. The picture is just so devastating. Children, people, either, want to know where we can help? You know, we’re trying to set up pages and let people know about reliable sources
Todd: Of course.
Mitchell: Help for refugees. Two lakh people on the move. We haven’t seen anything like it since World War II, the hospital in Mariupol, the bombing of the maternity ward today, the injuries, the artillery shells, I must say, the rocket fire.
Todd: That’s right.
Mitchell: And in Kiev, the hospital has been vacated, the biggest children’s hospital, so I think looking at these faces, I think people are willing to tolerate it, at least Democrats think it’s Congress.
Todd: That’s right.
Mitchell: I really thought that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, in his new message, was probably premature that people were not blaming President Biden for it. Still. I think he has managed, at least through the State of the Union, he has been able to make the case.