Jon Meacham On Morning Joe: No ‘Buts’ About It—You MUST Vote For Biden!

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Jon Meacham MSNBC Morning Joe 5-6-24 You might think of a presidential election as a choice among candidates.

Not to historian and occasional Biden speechwriter Jon Meacham. He will brook no dissent. There is no choice. You MUST vote for Joe Biden!

On today’s Morning Joe, Meacham told to Biden phone buddy and informal adviser Joe Scarborough the election prospects are “thrilling and terrifying. It’s thrilling because it’s up to all of us…. What’s terrifying is that it’s up to us, and it’s up to the voters in the swing states.”

Meacham doesn’t really trust the people, and that’s why he’s going to keep telling you the “stakes” are too high, you can’t vote Republican: “I think it’s going to be impossible for people to vote in the fall and not understand what’s at stake.”

He knows many voters aren’t spending this whole year in a fetal position for the survival of democracy, but gosh, voting for Biden is really, really important!

“What I would say to anyone who says, ‘Yeah but. Yeah, Trump is awful but, whatever,” is there is no but. It’s got to be, “Yeah, Trump is that, and, I’m going to vote against him.”

There is no but? It’s “got to be” a vote against Trump, i.e., for Biden? 

And the liberal media accuses MAGA of disrespecting democracy?

Win or lose, Trump is sure to get tens of millions of votes. But Meacham doesn’t even try to understand what motivates people who say, “yeah, but” — not to mention the millions who outright like Trump and everything he is and stands for. 

Such is the arrogance and condescension of the liberal media. 

Question: When it was disclosed that Meacham was an occasional Biden speechwriter, MSNBC announced that “per network policy,” he would no longer be employed as a paid contributor.  So what about Joe Scarborough? As mentioned, it’s been disclosed that not only is Scarborough a frequent Biden phone buddy, but also serves as an informal adviser, offering his “take” on issues of the day.  What’s the MSNBC “network policy” that permits Scarborough to continue in his multi-million-dollar MSNBC gig?

Here’s the transcript.

MSNBC
Morning Joe
5/6/24
6:37 am EDT

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Jon Meacham, there is simply, we won’t even ask. And we stopped asking some time ago for historical parallels.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: There just simply aren’t.

SCARBOROUGH: There are no historical parallels in this country. But, my gosh, as you said before, what is at stake is so massive this fall. I’m curious your thoughts when you see this testimony, and the Time magazine article. The continued threats of an authoritarian regime coming directly from Donald Trump . . . And so, I’m just curious about your take on where we are right now.

JON MEACHAM: I think, my answer is, at once, to me, thrilling and terrifying. It’s thrilling because it’s up to all of us. It’s up to the voters in the seven or eight states. It’s up to those of us who have strong feelings about the continuance of the constitution order, to make this case. And that’s great, right? That’s we the people.

What’s terrifying is that it’s up to us, and it’s up to the voters in the swing states. And it’s up to those of us who have to make the case to people around the country. 

If — there’s no mystery here, right? It’s going to be — I think it’s going to be impossible for people to vote in the fall and not understand what’s at stake. And if, and maybe that’s part of what those of us who, you know, want to make this case have to keep doing, is making sure we say it. And it may seem repetitive to the political-industrial class, but that doesn’t matter.

I think as Ed would say, you know, there are normal people who are better adjusted than we are and don’t worry about this all the time. But it’s really, really important.

And I don’t think, again. What I would say to anyone who says, “Yeah but. Yeah, Trump is awful but, whatever,” is there is no but. It’s got to be, “Yeah, Trump is that, IIand, I’m going to vote against him.

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