President Trump's tweeted accusation that Barack Obama ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower before the November 8 election has generated a firestorm of comment from Democrats and media in its wake. Following his tweets on Saturday, news media proclaimed that he had made the accusation “without evidence,” even after weeks of suggestions that the Trump administration is somehow doing the bidding of Russia. On CNN, within five minutes on his “State of the Union” show, Jake Tapper made about 403 references to Trump's tweets that showed "no evidence" about Obama.
Among the most emotional responses was voiced by MSNBC's Mika Brzezinksi, the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter-era national security advisor.
While apparently fighting back tears, the co-anchor of “The Morning Joe” program admitted "we are all really nervous" about the Trump Administration. Speaking to her audience on Monday, Brzezinski said "This is not funny. This is really bad. Just for the record, we are all really nervous. So if people out there feel nervous, we do too. We don’t think this is funny."
"My mind is closed," she said.
Brzezinski then appealed directly to White House personnel: "We are at a low point in American history and I don't know how anybody can defend this president, even if it's their job. Like you've got to have a job after this. You've got to look in the mirror after this. Sarah Huckabee or whoever is speaking out next. You have to look in the mirror and think about this country after this is over. You need to think of the end game here, because there isn't one at the rate we are going."
Then Brzezinkski issued yet another warning. "They are pushing a very dangerous agenda," she said of the Trump Administration. "An extremely dangerous one."
2. Senior CNN political analyst Ron Brownstein argued that Trump's tweets could lead to a loss of Republican control of the House of Representatives next year:
3. Matthew Dowd on ABC said the story reminds him of Watergate, except for him it is Trump -- who was the target of wiretapping -- who is the villain, rather than Obama, who was the president in charge when the eavesdropping took place. For Dowd, it is Trump -- who repeated reporting by outlets such as National Journal about the wiretapping -- who will be impeached.
4. The editor of The Nation, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, said on “This Week” that the president’s tweets about wiretapping proves that he wants nothing less than “to destroy the infrastructure of democracy and media information." Issuing a clarion call to the media, Vanden Heuvel said, “We cannot permit him" to destroy America.
5. On MSNBC, Ari Melber tried to build a case that Trump had libeled Obama, saying that "President Trump may have put himself in legal trouble." He also argued that Trump could be sued for defamation and libel.