Leon Panetta: 'We Have To Accept The Reality Of How Our Democracy Is Supposed To Function' | MSNBC 1

Leon Panetta: ‘We Have To Accept The Reality Of How Our Democracy Is Supposed To Function’ | MSNBC


Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta tells Andrea Mitchell that he finds it "difficult" to say it's okay to grant a waiver to Jim Mattis but not Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as the first Black Defense Secretary, though he says Congress should consider doing away with the waiver to stick to the "principle of civilian leadership" at the Pentagon. He also says that President Trump's attempts to overturn the election are "sending a terrible message abroad…about the ability of our democracy to function.” Aired on 12/11/2020.
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Leon Panetta: 'We Have To Accept The Reality Of How Our Democracy Is Supposed To Function' | MSNBC


  1. Its just another corporate hoax from the out going president during a pandemic extremely saddens the American people

    1. @scarfacekvdm Lol what? You need to turn off msdnc, commie news network and fox and pay attention to what is going on.

    1. @Pamela Courts yep, I know that infact, I just responded to another person regarding NPD, you must of not read through the whole thread … no biggie

    2. @Bjay AwesomeBlackDude what are you talkin about Trump’s the one that doesn’t want to give the stimulus check Ally you sound like Trump stop spreading false rumors like Trump

    1. Cascail Boutx Bill passed the house months ago,ask your friend Mitch why he went home without bringing it to the floor today.

    1. @warrior of God Warrior of Stupidity keep fighting the dumb fight, wield the rubber chicken of self-righteous misinformation. I am embarrassed for you and saddened by your ability to be duped. You are not a warrior you are a victim

    1. @Mark Smith just pointing out you love autocratic rulership so much, you won’t be happy here under a law abiding POTUS and a law abiding Attorney General

    1. @Dementia Joe you uneducated embesol, Biden has a Stuttering Problem that he overcame but sometimes it kicks in. You must like orange Idiots , no surprise.

    2. @schhdnn Suus Is this a stutter! I got hairy legs,that,that,that,that,that turn blonde in the sun and kids would rub my legs and jump on my lap and that taught me about roaches! Corn Pop was a bad dude and he ran with some bad boys! Obama was the first clean intelligent black man! Wow what a stutter!!

    1. He lost by over 8 million votes it was quite impressive, everybody is talking about it, nobody has seen numbers like this, they say sir you lost, you lost big to sleepy joe Biden the worst candidate in history

    1. James, the Republican Presidents in the last several decades have expanded government, created new agencies and cut taxes and ran us into the largest amount of debt we’ve ever known.

      They no longer advocate small government, haven’t since Nixon.

      They haven’t once ever passed a single limitation on abortion with a trifecta controlling the house Senate and presidency… They simply don’t intend to do so. They’ve had ample opportunity.

      They’re against paying a living wage, which requires millions of Americans to need government assistance while working full time or more to get by, which effectively subsidizes large corporations like Wal-Mart because they don’t have to pay a living wage.

      That’s anti competitive to a small business owner starting a business, as they need a living wage to survive, and their competition is subsidized by the government.

      That stifles new business growth, and lowers the amount of available decent paying jobs.

      No one should need multiple jobs to live in a one bedroom apartment and take care of basic necessities.

      Trickle down economics is a scam that makes the rich richer, and the working class poorer every year since it began life is worse for everyone who works.

      Reconsider the actual voting records on legislation of everyone you voted for and if you believe they improved anything for your family.

    2. @James Chappell As Luke Skywalker said to Kylo Ren, “Everything you just said is wrong.” If you ever really grow up, you will realize that.

    3. @Tracy Evans they’re literally selling themselves out, on the national stage, pandering for future elections…. Wow, and to think, a mere 10 years ago they would’ve been run outta town on a rail…

  2. Why on earth is it that the courts can’t stop DT from continuing his lies. He has always lied,why can’t he be stopped? It’s UNBELIEVABLE

    1. He has immunity from prosecution until he leaves office – then he is going to jail. He lied his way into the Whitehouse, he lied all throughout his term in office, he lies about losing the election; he is truly evil.

    1. Tax evasion brought the untouchable Al Capone down, the RICO statute can get Trump as well if the federal and state prosecutors have the balls to do it. I pray they have the courage to bring this Abomination to Justice. This piece of garbage does not deserve to breathe the same air as we free Americans do.

    1. They will all be up for re-election at some point. In the end this will encourage more Republicans to vote against their own party.
      They already had Republicans vote Biden for President. Yet they voted with their party on all the lower seats. Next election it won’t make a difference who is running for the Republican party. It’s a disgrace to our political system that they are trying to dishonor countless votes!

    2. It’s a mental health epidemic which includes half the Republican Party along with Diane Feinstein who is suffering from age related cognitive deficits. I’m in my seventies and there comes a time when individuals must step back and retire.

    3. @Uncle Mo All of the Republicans who were elected on Nov 3 are NOT elected if they were fraudulently elected – you can’t have it both ways.

    1. @James steig “Trump just lost at least 49 court cases”
      no he didnt
      he only filed 3 and now he intervened in a state governors suit
      all those other cases were other ppl
      go check court documents for names if u dont believe me

    2. @James steig “You have nothing. ZERO proof of voter fraud.”
      except for video evidence plus 1000s of affidavits

    3. @James steig “ou have no idea what your talking about EVER”
      says the person ignoring video evidence and 1000s of affidavit testimony

  3. The only “failure of the system” was when Trump wasn’t run out on a rail when he was impeached. Republican Senators continue to fail us.

    1. A medicare statement was misdelivered to my address. It took three days to get the postal system to redeliver it. The intended recipient lived a mile from me. I almost delivered it but decided I didn’t want to be shot by a stranger.

    1. President Biden can’t interfere in any prosecution the Attorney General that he will appoint will hopefully handle them. If a President Biden interferes he will be no better than Trump and Barr!

    1. *_PAY ATTENTION_*
      RON JOHNSON traveled to moscow on July 4th in 2018: he tried to cover it up with fake tweets.
      RON JOHNSON is going to be the senator that mirrors Mo Brooks to try to overturn electors.

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