Schmidt: Trump, Barr Building ‘Thugocracy’ With Secret Police | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Schmidt: Trump, Barr Building 'Thugocracy' With Secret Police | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC 1


Steve Schmidt, former senior Republican strategist, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump putting Bill Barr in charge of an unmarked collection of federal police. Aired on 6/5/2020.
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Schmidt: Trump, Barr Building 'Thugocracy' With Secret Police | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

94 Comments on "Schmidt: Trump, Barr Building ‘Thugocracy’ With Secret Police | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC"

  1. Trump’s Republicans: Zero Profiles in Courage.

    • @Kepler Mission Auntie Lindsay Graham IS a queen!

    • Elizabeth notthe queen | June 5, 2020 at 11:54 AM | Reply

      @Kepler Mission Hence the “notthe queen”. You dolt.

    • @Kepler Mission Steve Schmidt would have been eight years old in 1978 I doubt he was distributing anything. It seems you will lie about anything to fit your narrative. You know if you would try using facts you might be more believable, but apparently the facts are not on your side.

    • Too true.They all better come up with a plan B.

    • G D – So much projection from the communist left.

  2. The president spraying more gas on fire 🔥

  3. Patrick Kingfisher Kennedy | June 5, 2020 at 7:05 AM | Reply

    America has never had a president FAIL so terribly in a crisis and so DERELICT in his duty. NO LEADERSHIP = Broken Nation

    • I almost hate saying this but HRC in 2016 warned us about how unqualified Trump was. She said it over and over.

    • Claudette J | June 5, 2020 at 8:07 AM | Reply

      @Karen Byrd the thing she couldn’t say was there was no physical servers…they were in the cloud ☁️ Government has been using it for close to 10 yrs now. But people wouldn’t look it up for themselves and got gaslight over it. They still won’t look it up because they r scared of the truth. That was the biggest reason they didn’t even want to do an investigation. they knew it was a lie because it couldn’t happen.

    • Robert Hodge | June 5, 2020 at 8:10 AM | Reply

      We are battered but not broken! Now is the time for all good souls to come to the aid of their Country. Just because the Republican Senate failed us again does not mean we won’t rectify that insult/injury 11/3/2020. Do not despair, We the People will prevail if We come to the aid of our Country in it’s time of need.

  4. Peter Solar channel | June 5, 2020 at 7:05 AM | Reply

    That photo op was a huge mistake.

    • karin backstrom | June 5, 2020 at 4:32 PM | Reply

      @Quittin’ Quarantino The definition of fascism according to Wikipedia and Meriam-Webster Dictionary: A far-right authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power (You know Donald once said he wanted to be a dictator for life, like in China?) Suppression of opposition (Donald: Media is the enemy of the people, except for Fox) , Strong regimentation of society and economy . Fascism is placed on the far right within the left – right spectrum.A fascist state is led by a dictator and a martial government.(You know Donald loves the military and wants it to fight his own countrymen.) A fascist regime exalts nation and often race above the individual and stands for a autocratic government led by a dictatorial leader.and forcible oppression of opposition. This is the. definition of Donald´s fascist regime. violence, racism, oppression of opposition, addiction to the military (which now do not back him. Several generals have heavyly criticized him for his fascist idea to oppress opposition with violence = protesters against racism with violence. Freedom is not to have the right to cary guns. The society is sick and dysfunctional when people believe they need to be prepared for shooting other people. The democrats do not forbid anyone to own guns, it is not on their agenda, other than to have better control over who buys them. That lie is something that ignorant people like to believe. Nor do the democrats award snitches,You have never heard them saying that. They work against racism, which Donald does not. You make up stories that are not true. You are manipulated and disinformed by a disgusting, lying so called present and far right media like Fox and Infowar. The majority of the American people are scared of Donald´s violent preferences and his dictatorial behavior. They know what a fascist dictatorship, is, not his uneducated, naive and immature fans. America is about to lose its freedom and democracy under a mentally ill, completely unfit, vulgar, lying dictator wannabe. And the whole world knows it and are scared to lose America as a democratic ally, which it has always been until Donald turned to the fascist dictator Putin instead of Europe and other democratic countries. You are deeply ignorant and need to educate yourself.

    • Wendy's Garden | June 5, 2020 at 4:40 PM | Reply

      @Quittin’ Quarantino so did GOP govs. They were following federal guidelines. Id you wanted them to think it through better than the feds did, trump shouldn’t have forced them to scramble for PPE and ventilators because he’s incompetent to lead a peewee team, much less a nation. Go drink your koolaid, inbred fool. The adults have this well in hand.

    • Quittin’ Quarantino | June 5, 2020 at 4:47 PM | Reply

      Democrat fascists to anti lockdown protestors: “You’re all gonna get infected and die!”
      Democrat fascists to George Floyd protestors: “Go infect yourselves!”
      You guys are so transparent now that the TDS has crippled your pea brains.

    • Quittin’ Quarantino | June 5, 2020 at 5:25 PM | Reply

      karin backstrom it’s goofy that you take a label in a definition that does not match conservatism. Just give me one example of a fascist policy of Trump’s. Keep in mind, a fascist would add government controls, not cancel them.
      Democrats have, on several occasions(like Kavanaugh), shine us they don’t honor due process.
      Democrats have always supported the suppression of religious expression.(they’ve been advocates for forcing ‘bakers to bake cakes’)
      Democrats have used the IRS to target conservative organizations.
      All the democrat candidates admitted they would punish law abiding gun owners….

    • @Deborah LaCombeLutz Stop believing Trump’s Lies. First, he says they didn’t use tear gas. Now, they’re admitting to use tear gas. All the videos showed the protesters as peaceful including the local clergy of the church. Trump’s a liar and coward. He went to the bunker to inspect it. Of he did. If you believe that, you’re delusional too.

  5. Shane Anthony | June 5, 2020 at 7:05 AM | Reply

    Always enjoy listening to Steve’s perspective. He is so articulate and doesn’t mince his words

    • Christopher James | June 5, 2020 at 7:31 AM | Reply

      Shane Anthony He just confirms all your biases, the same as when conservatives use lefties for their own gain

    • Yes, indeed.

    • The Last_Saint | June 5, 2020 at 8:02 AM | Reply

      Seriously? Do you remember his rhetoric when he was paid by the GOP?
      He’s part of the problem, not a voice for reason. He helped create the Tea Party. He helped sow fear, division and hate amongst our nation. Voice of reason? Nah, bro. I don’t forget ppl like Steve Schmidt. He’s the voice of whomever is paying his bills….

    • Christopher James | June 5, 2020 at 8:05 AM | Reply

      The Last_Saint He’s also a zionist and likes war criminals like George Bush and neo con evil doer John McCain

    • The Last_Saint | June 5, 2020 at 8:09 AM | Reply

      Christopher James well, ok, i guess if that’s a problem, then yeah, that too…

  6. Brownshirts. Sturmabteilung. Thuggish and intimidating mystery cops has been done before.

  7. Forrest Trump | June 5, 2020 at 7:07 AM | Reply

    Only Conservatives would allow themselves to be ruled by a fascist. They are such feeble-minded sheep.

  8. David Keogh | June 5, 2020 at 7:11 AM | Reply

    I don’t get the GOP senators, these are the same people who say they love the constitution, flag,america,democracy and yet stay silent when the constitutional rights of their own citizens are been violated,they were outraged when athletes took the knee,if these cowards are what the american people vote for good luck to america as you are going to need it,waving a flag does not make a patriot but speaking out when constitutional rights are breached does, these senators who say they saw nothing,heard nothing are a disgrace to the flag they pretend to adore.

    • Balde Solis | June 5, 2020 at 7:43 PM | Reply

      @outdoor fun have u ever look in the mirror and truly realize how stupid u really look!

    • outdoor fun | June 5, 2020 at 8:33 PM | Reply

      @Balde Solis Hahaha. Classic brainwashed liberal response. Facts are like Kryptonite to leftists. Why they have been programmed to ignore them. Your programming is working 100%

    • ​@outdoor fun, what you said about Americans are so wrong and misinformations. Either you are stupid or foreigner. BLACK people don’t like the bunker boy because he lies, insults and bully everyone. What kind people will support bully man, maybe his kind people. The red states are supporting by Blue states. The red states are the worst of education, economics and healthcare in America. Ratpublicans are not just running out of lipstick to put on pig they are all becoming pigs themselves. SHAME ON THEM.

    • @Il Was The left has always acted like fascist. They have been using the same tactics as the Nation Socialist Party for years. Why the Democrat Party has always supported communism and dictators. Just look at how they act and talk. That is factual history. I cannot help leftists are uneducated brainwashed robots. Leftists are the modern day Red Shirts and Brown Shirts running around doing the Democrat Party thuggery. Well than again that is only in their protected Democrat run shithole cities they destroyed.

    • writergirl24 Poole | June 5, 2020 at 10:50 PM | Reply

      David Perrin. Post a valid link to support what you’re saying. Not a racist link that spouts white supremacy and that minorities are bad,etc. You’re so ridiculous.

  9. If I had to describe Steve schimdt in one word I’d say ‘unrelenting’.

  10. So agreeable! The military should serve the nation and NOT a man!

    • @Zack Zack Cozy Bear APT29 is a Russian agency flooding Americas social media. Many of the pro Trump posts are having their desired effect of dividing our nation. Divided we fall, United we stand. Putin fears President Biden might reopen the Mueller Investigation. So are a lot of high ranking members in Congress.

    • Ya, divide we fall, united we stand…in union we have strength

    • Terry Pearse | June 5, 2020 at 3:02 PM | Reply

      I wonder how many of our military would actually shoot at American citizens if Trump ordered them to ,I would have to say some, a court marshal to be would be better than having blood on my hands, MORALS war is just a little different than shooting at protestors,

    • @Terry Pearse “To be court martialled than having blood on the hands” may be the rightful thing to do for an unjustifiable cause. Why be divisive? The peaceful protests were against racism, and against racial supremacy! There should be no race more supreme than the human race! The should be peace and harmony and no racial discord! Chaos will only bring the economy down and affects everyone! But everyone should have to stand up and be against lootings and criminal acts though.

    • @Terry Pearse The protests were also against the acts of violence or homicide by the officers that were supposedly to uphold the law and order and to protect the lives of the public.

  11. It’s more than a thugocracy. Their ambitions are limitless.

  12. joan fortier | June 5, 2020 at 7:29 AM | Reply

    “Fascism will come to America, wrapped in a flag and carrying a Cross.”
    Sinclair Lewis

    • Maharajji NKB | June 5, 2020 at 9:44 PM | Reply

      @TJ Abston The Trump-Russia/Putin puppet narrative is dead.

    • Steve Folkes | June 5, 2020 at 9:54 PM | Reply

      @Brian Herrington You’re telling me! I live in a little Trump pocket of my state. Many of my friends and former co-workers are law enforcement/Republican/rabidly pro gun etc. They email me pro Trump BS and I post stuff like this to my social media. They do not budge from Trump worship. You and I know they may THINK they want that dictator until he starts hurting them – by then it’s too late. I’ve been watching this Trump/Barr and Co show pretty closely and I am convinced there is nothing he won’t try. And why not? Who has stopped him? Not Congress, not the courts (yet) in any meaningful way. I have NO doubt he will push as far as he needs to in order to get what he wants. It’s worked so far.

    • Sinclair Lewis was a card carrying communist. You people are stunningly stupid.

    • dmwegnerowicz7554 | June 5, 2020 at 10:26 PM | Reply

      Yes, a NAZI flag, and a burning cross! The true GOD who hung on the cross will CRUSH all nazis and Commies, and no “space force” will defeat HIM!

    • @Jeff Shankle Nice copy and paste from wikipedia. Wikipedia is the source morons use.
      Copy and past from Merriam Webster. Fascism a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.

      See the difference? Merriam Webster’s definition describes the democrat party in America.

  13. I love how Schmidt doesn’t hide his raw hatred for Trump. There is no reason to pretend.

    • Niceguy Millennial | June 5, 2020 at 7:39 PM | Reply

      And I won’t hide my hatred for #bunkerboy destroying American values

    • Dawn Johnson | June 5, 2020 at 8:49 PM | Reply

      I don’t see hate. Just anger about injustice, about the potential loss of our democracy.

    • Karendal Sadik | June 5, 2020 at 9:10 PM | Reply

      Pat McCann not just Trump are you blind? Pelosi, Schumer blocked MFA and a UBI. We have a crisis that is biological and instead of passing legislation to fight the pandemic, save the people and avert an economic crisis they give trillions to the most wealthy Americans, corporations, tax breaks to those making 250,000, engineering more wealth transfer to hedge fund managers, pet nonprofits like the Metropolitan Opera. They even bailed out Lobbyist, Debt Collectors and American businesses that are based foreign companies to illegally evade taxes. Bernie, AOC and the squad voted for this piece of corrupt legislation that is the largest transfer of wealth in history. Our descendants will be taxed, fined, incarcerated, penalized and will never escape the yoke of poverty. MLK said the American dream had become a nightmare. What a waste of human energy and possibilities.

    • Brigid Mullen | June 5, 2020 at 10:07 PM | Reply

      Fake news

    • No need, INDEED !!! 💯💯.


      Wear theirs like a “SPECIAL BRANDING into their SKINS”😡😤👏💯👏..


  14. Rabbit Skipper | June 5, 2020 at 7:35 AM | Reply

    Basically Trump recruited mercenaries who pledged fidelity to him.

    • Rabbit Skipper | June 5, 2020 at 12:44 PM | Reply

      @The Good Americans These men aren’t the secret service. The secret service is the modern day praetorian guard. Hoovering around the president like fruit flies. Some of these men are from different states and completely unrecognizable from anyone else before.

    • The Good Americans | June 5, 2020 at 1:06 PM | Reply

      Rabbit Skipper research the secret service there are hundreds active ones. There are agents officers snipers. There are hundreds just roaming around the grounds and white house

    • Rabbit Skipper | June 5, 2020 at 1:27 PM | Reply

      @The Good Americans I get that. But like you stated around the white house. (preferably around the president) These men were never seen before and from different parts of the country. If you’re a Trump fan, I get it. But he’s a uncouth, ill equip and unethical man.

    • Yankee Doodle | June 5, 2020 at 4:59 PM | Reply


    • Karen Contestabile | June 5, 2020 at 8:56 PM | Reply


  15. GOP: profiles in cowardice

  16. New word for America ‘Thugocracy’

  17. Marcus Anderson | June 5, 2020 at 7:40 AM | Reply

    America is in the trauma center ICU right now.

    • Sorry but not even close. The American gun owners haven’t stepped in. Yet.

    • Dorothy Gilmartin | June 5, 2020 at 6:28 PM | Reply

      Dream on…

    • Agent Fungus | June 5, 2020 at 6:46 PM | Reply

      @Balde Solis Ever notice how the ones making Trump supporting comments have the worst spelling, grammar, and punctuation? I’ve been saying for years that Trumpsters don’t need any help sounding and looking stupid because they do such a fine job of it all by themselves.

    • Balde Solis | June 5, 2020 at 7:03 PM | Reply

      @Agent Fungus right on cue – that’s another reason why I keep calling’em – MORONIC-idiots! THANKS

    • ON POINT ANALOGY !!! 👈💯👏💯👏💯….

  18. Spoken like a real American who believes in the Constitution.

  19. The US *Gestapo* has finally revealed itself.

  20. The Republican Party is responsible for the President’s atrocities.

    • Maharajji NKB | June 5, 2020 at 9:54 PM | Reply

      @Maria Tan The rainbow image was hijacked by the folks who are rebelling against the concept of two sexes. Instead, they insist, there is a whole spectrum of sexes. Lunacy.
      Racism is stupid. There is good and bad in all races. Our job is to champion the good and to shun the bad.

    • Wilma Cabiles | June 5, 2020 at 10:29 PM | Reply

      I will challenge you on that. I am proud of Our President. He neither wavers or backtracked. He has survived 3 1/2 yrs of democratic curybabies, lies, jokes, roadblocks, however he is still still standing and doing his job for 1 dollar a quarter. He donates his salary, wow all Obama did was spend spend spend and not 1 penny went to the taxpayers. Obama is a criminal, a thief, a traitor, and he was not the 1sr black President ” HE IS MULLATTO” remember his mama was white.

    • The public school system is responsible for your stupidity.

    • writergirl24 Poole | June 5, 2020 at 10:46 PM | Reply

      Wilma Cabiles. He didn’t donate his salary. Lol. He lied about that likes he lies about everything. The man stole money from his own charity and has cheated hardworking people: sued over 2,000 times. Wake up to reality.

    • exactly

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