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Tour de Trance: President Trump and Republicans Encapsulate Voters Through False Promises and Frequent Rallies -- But Which Party Are They Actually Helping?

This morning marks 5 days until the midterm elections; and, we've received new polling, out today, from NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist College that places the president's approval rating at just 41%. This is an exceptionally crucial number going into the final few days before the 6th because, as Steve Rattner has pointed out, the president's approval rating directly impacts the performance of his or her party in a particular election. To compensate for his draining approval rating, President Trump has been running the political gamut of false promises and exaggerations to stoke conservative support, next week. Most recently, Trump announced a plan to triple the amount of troops stationed at the U.S.' Southern border to meet the migrant caravan traveling through Central Mexico. The caravan, however, is not slated to reach the U.S.-Mexico border for another two months -- and even so, their numbers are severely dwindling along the way. What's more, President Trump has also promised a second tax cut for the middle class to be put into place by November 1st. Today is November 1st, and there is no tangible sign of a middle class tax cut. With us this morning, once more, is National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC Steve Kornacki to break down the growing, countrywide Democratic lead in the polls, in the face of Republican fear-mongering. We'll also have Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate for the State of Florida, Mayor Andrew Gillum on the show to give his insight and critique of his opponent's (and the president's) usage of "Lock Him Up!" at a rally, last night in Fort Myers. It's Thursday, November 1st, 2018. 5 Days until the midterm elections. Welcome to Morning Joe.


El Desesperado: President Trump's Unconstitutional, Last-Ditch Effort to Reel-In Wandering Republican Voters

There are 6 days left until one of the most anticipated midterm elections in decades -- and Republican support numbers are slipping. That's according to a new USC Dornlife/Los Angeles Times generic tracking poll which has voters overwhelmingly supporting Democrats, next week, with 57% leaning blue, and just 40% leaning red. Congressional races across the country, including those with Republican incumbents, are either virtually tied, or are showing the Democratic candidate with a comfortable lead. Except for Tennessee and Texas. In Tennessee, Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn is outperforming her Democratic challenger, Phil Bredesen, by 5 points, 51% to 46%, respectively, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll. Blackburn's number is up 5 more points since August; while Bredesen has lost 2 points within the same time-frame. And, to Texas, where, according to a Real Clear Politics polling average, Republican Senator Ted Cruz leads his opponent, Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke by 7.2 points -- a race that has, statistically, shown little give in favor of O'Rourke. But those two races have not stopped the President from making especially-outlandish, and dangerous comments over the past month, in a thinly-veiled attempt at stoking fear in Americans to get them to vote Republican, next week. The latest, being this: President Trump has floated the idea of amending the 14th Amendment to the Constitution with an Executive Order -- implemented to halt the process of Birthright Citizenship, given to children born within the United States regardless of their parents' citizenship status. President Trump's plan is being lauded by members of his administration, including Kellyanne Conway and Vice President Mike Pence. Pence argued that "the Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled on whether or not the language of the 14th Amendment ... applies specifically to people who are in the country illegally." Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), following the president's word, announced that he would introduce legislation that would also spell the end to the clause. House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, fired back at the president, saying, in part, quote, "We didn't like it when Obama tried changing immigration laws via executive action, and obviously as conservatives, we believe in the Constitution." Also among the plan's dissidents: George Conway III, husband to Kellyanne Conway, who penned an op-ed, published in the Washington Post, with Neal Katyal. With us, this morning, we'll be joined by Katyal to discuss his and Conway's scathing piece. It's Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. 6 days until the midterm elections. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Down to the Ire: President Trump's Approval Rating Suffers as Disdainful Rhetoric Hurts GOP Numbers One Week from Election

This morning, we're receiving new polling numbers on President Trump's sliding approval rating, one week from the midterm elections. 40% of the country approves, while 54% say they disapprove of the job that Trump is doing. What was a 6 point negative approval rating, just one week ago, is now at a staggering 14 points. Numbers aside, the president's schedule for the next week, until the 6th of November, is packed with campaign rallies and appearances across the country to attempt to drum-up last-minute support. In order to do that, the president's rhetoric, as the election draws nearer, is taking a turn for the bitter, racist and especially-vitriolic. This includes stoking fear of what may happen if the migrant caravan, moving through Central Mexico at the moment, reaches the Southern border of the U.S. Trump even tweeted a warning to his supporters, on Monday, saying, "Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border." President Trump's new talking points have been corroborated, with spirit as opposed to with facts, by many Fox News pundits and their guests -- who have asserted that the migrants will be bringing with them, across the border, scores of diseases including smallpox. The dehumanizing rhetoric and the attempt at stoking hyper-partisan allegiances has been heavily criticized by several politicians, including by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), who joins us, this morning, to discuss the synthetic fear of the migrant caravan and the Pentagon's subsequent decision to send 5,200 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border -- all right before the election. And, MSNBC's National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki joins the panel, once more, to break down the latest midterm polling figures in the wake of President Trump's suffering approval rating. Can the massive influx of Democratic spending bring supporters to the polls? Later in the episode, Director and Correspondent for PBS' 'Frontline' James Jacoby joins us to discuss his new piece, 'The Facebook Dilemma,' and how exactly the proliferation of misinformation on Facebook and social media in general is diluting U.S. democracy and deteriorating our personal privacy. It's Tuesday, October 30th. One week until the midterm elections. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Can We Get Much Lower?: Trump's Deflective Response to Tragedy Fosters Fundamental Question -- "Is This the America We Want to Live In?"

The country is waking up, this morning, to new information about the man who killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday morning. The gunman, who has been identified as Pennsylvania-resident Robert Bowers, reportedly frequently posted anti-immigrant, anti-migrant caravan and anti-Semitic rants online, according to reporting from NBC News. On the day of the attack, Bowers posted a targeted threat against Jews on social media, writing, in part, "Screw your optics, I'm going in." Bowers' social media profile on Gab, which has been removed, was found to be littered with white supremacist imagery and ideology, accompanied by posted pictures of his personal weapons -- including his "Glock family." According to the Department of Justice, he faces 29 federal counts, including 11 counts of Obstructing the Exercise of Religious Beliefs Resulting in Death. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stated that the charges against Bowers could warrant the death penalty. In the wake of this tragedy, and the growing amount of anti-Semitic attacks, and the pipe bombs sent to critics of him, President Donald Trump tweeted, last night, more vitriolic rhetoric against the "fake news" -- alleging that they are "Doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country." The president's trend of flippancy even bled into a campaign rally in Murphysboro, Illinois on Saturday, the day of the synagogue shooting. Trump told rally-goers that he was not going to cancel his appearance because of the shooting, but jested that he would, indeed, have cancelled over a "bad hair day" because of the rain. Joining us, this Monday morning, are Jon Meacham, Peggy Noonan and Eddie Glaude Jr. to discuss President Trump's startling lack of empathy in regard to national tragedy and his stubbornness toward taking responsibility for the growing trend of right-wing terrorism -- much of which is fueled by Trump's own rhetoric. And, with the midterm elections only 8 days away, we'll dive into the latest polling, including new figures that suggest the youth vote will have more of a tangible impact than in the past two midterms, with much of the fervor benefiting Democrats. It's Monday, October 29th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Me, Myself, and Lies: President Trump Doubles Down on "Nationalist" Identity; GOP Candidates Follow Suit with Bombastic Rhetoric

President Donald Trump is facing sustained criticism, this morning, for his defense and embrace of labeling himself as a "nationalist" at a recent rally, earlier this week, in Houston. At a meeting with reporters in the Oval Office, yesterday, the president, when questioned about his use of the term, denied any prior knowledge of the racist connotations the label can hold. Still, as members of our panel, this morning, can attest, President Trump knew exactly what he was doing when he utilized the term, and described himself as being "old-fashioned" -- all while in front of a crowd of supporters in Texas. The red-line rhetoric employed by the president is part of a greater effort put into action by Republicans to stoke a sense of fear in their supporters, to get them to show up on election day, which is less than two weeks away. Senator Ted Cruz invoked and supported the tried-and-true "Lock Her Up!" mantra while hosting a rally, last night in Georgetown, Texas, albeit in response to an audience member yelling out "Lock him up!" directed at Cruz's Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke. Cruz jested, "Well, you know, there's a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton." And, Georgia's Republican nominee for Governor, Brian Kemp -- who is also the state's Secretary of State -- is under fire for a newly-released audio tape wherein he expresses his concern for his chances of winning the election if "everybody uses and exercises their right to vote." Kemp, the state's chief election official by title, has been recently accused of voter suppression -- 53,000 voter applications, 70% of which are from African-Americans, have been on hold at his office for verification purposes -- and has publicly announced that he will not recuse himself from overseeing a recount, if the result with Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams is too close to call. That scenario may very well play out, as recent polling shows Abrams and Kemp all tied up at 48%, each. Also, this morning, new political ads released by a plethora of Republican candidates across the country are boasting support for forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. The problem is, most vehemently opposed that clause in Obamacare and actively sought, multiple times, to repeal the law. Joe takes the candidates to task, later in the episode. MSNBC's National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki also joins us, this morning, to break down each of the country's key races, including in Georgia, and how the numbers may fluctuate in these last 13 days before the 6th of November. It's Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


An Illusory Truth: Trump Stokes Fear of a Midterm Blue Wave with Lies and Uncorroborated Promises

This Tuesday morning marks just two weeks until what is expected to be the most popular midterm election since the 1960's -- with up to 50% of registered voters expected to show up to the polls on November 6th. And nobody is more excited to spread the word, true or fabricated, than President Trump -- who has been piggybacking off of the GOP's fear of a Democratic 'Blue Wave,' up-heaving their control of the House. With many recent polls from key battleground states showing an ever-narrowing gap between GOP-incumbents and Democratic newcomers, President Trump has relied heavily upon a rhetoric based solely on fabricated facts, utilized to stoke fear in his biggest supporters to vote for their respective GOP candidate. In recent rallies and interviews with the press, the president has falsely stated that members of the migrant caravan, making their way north through southern Mexico, are also members of "MS-13" and people of "Middle Eastern" descent. President Trump has provided no evidence to corroborate these claims. Trump has gone on to assert that the middle class will be receiving a 10% tax cut -- which will be voted on by Congress "after the election." At a rally last night in Houston, Texas, Trump described the tax cut as being "For middle income people. All middle income people, a big tax cut. Ten percent. We'll be putting it in next week." However, until the 29th of October, Congress is not in session. Meaning, there is no merit to the president's claim; and it has not been backed-up by any evidence nor political representative. Joe, Mika, Willie and the panel will discuss Trump's ramped-up rhetoric and its effectiveness with his core base. Also Joining us, this morning, with the latest numbers from California and Florida is MSNBC National Political Correspondent, Steve Kornacki. He'll break down a recent surge in Democratic popularity that could withstand the president's uptick in approval rating. And, the world is waking up to news of Turkey's official statement, from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi which directly contradicts Saudi Arabia's account of the incident. Erdoğan revealed, in a speech to Turkish Parliament, that Khashoggi's murder was deliberately planned days before his visit to the consulate in Istanbul, and promised to "bring to light those responsible -- from the highest ranked to the lowest -- and to bring them to justice." It's Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Yes, But He's OUR Jerk: President Trump's Approval Rating Soars; Democrats' Midterm Performances Sway to the Uncertain

With the highly-anticipated midterm elections only 15 days away, Democrats on the ballot face an uphill battle against their Republican challengers off the heels of a two-fold blow: growing Republican enthusiasm in regards to turning out to the polls, and President Trump's highest approval rating in months. This morning, we have the latest voter enthusiasm poll numbers, and the most up-to-date polling from Florida's hotly-contested Gubernatorial race between Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum and Republican Representative Ron DeSantis. The two met, last night, in Tampa, Florida, where multiple jabs were taken at the other's political experience, immigration, and, most notably, DeSantis' "Monkey This Up" comment that landed him in hot water. We'll bring you the highlights from that debate; plus, Joe, Mika and the panel will breakdown President Donald Trump's proclivity for lying to the press, and his supporters, for flash-in-the-pan political gain. A strategy that may pay off this November, provided that his supporters "stay angry," according to New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters, who also joins us, this morning. And, the latest on murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi -- Saudi Arabian officials now admit that Khashoggi was, in fact, killed. According to the Kingdom, he was slain in a "quarrel" by the hands of an unnamed suspect when he attempted to take Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. This is a notable departure from Saudi Arabia's previous iterations of what had occurred, which had ranged from complete denial to asserting that if Khashoggi had died at the consulate, the Kingdom had no knowledge of it, nor had a hand in it. Multiple Senators, including Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have condemned Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman -- pushing for a replacement and saying that there is no way MBS was not involved in Khashoggi's killing. President Trump, meanwhile, continued to assert that the Crown Prince is a "strong person," and that he could not have had prior knowledge of the incident. It's Monday, October 22nd, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


For the Love of Money: Saudi Arabian Leadership Funnels $100 Million to U.S. Accounts as Gruesome Audio Recording Reportedly Confirms Khashoggi's Murder

The world is reacting, this morning, to a new audio recording released by Turkish officials that allegedly reveals the torture and subsequent murder of missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. According to new reporting from the New York Times, a senior Turkish official leaked the gruesome details of Khashoggi's apparent death, describing his dismemberment and methodical removal of his fingers. It is unclear, at this moment, whether or not Khashoggi was alive when the dismemberment took place. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a visit to Saudi Arabia, earlier this week, to meet with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman who reiterated to Pompeo that they had nothing to do with the disappearance of Khashoggi. Upon Pompeo's arrival, however, it was revealed by a State Department official that the Saudi Arabian government had deposited $100 million into U.S. accounts to aid in the stabilization of Syria. The State Department has since denied any connection between the deposit and Pompeo's visit. President Trump, meanwhile, is continuing his defense of Saudi Arabia, saying that the country is "a very important ally of ours in the Middle East," and a "tremendous purchaser of not only military equipment, but other things." Those "other things" have been revealed, by the president, himself, to be real estate transactions -- to the tune of "$40 million, $50 million" -- at Trump-owned properties. Also, this morning, Steve Kornacki joins us, once more, to break down the narrowing gap between Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen in the contentious Tennessee Senate race; and, Beto O'Rourke's harsh turn to negative attack ads against Senator Ted Cruz with the midterm elections just 19 days away. It's Thursday, October 18th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Smile, Say "Guilty!": Secretary of State Mike Pompeo All Smiles at Meeting with MBS as Trump's Business Dealings with Saudi Arabia Come to Light

The Trump Administration continues to push a "wait-and-see" response to mounting evidence against Saudi leadership in the disappearance and presumed murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. New developments, as reported by the New York Times, allege that at least 9 men, out of the 15-member Saudi "hit squad" believed to have carried out the interrogation and detention of Khashoggi, have direct ties to the Saudi government. One of the suspected members, pointed out by the Times, has frequently been seen with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in several different countries, including the United States. Three other members have been linked to the Crown Prince's security detail; and one other member, an autopsy expert. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia, early yesterday morning, to meet with MBS and his father, King Salman, and discuss the allegations. The leadership reiterated their firm denial of any knowledge of the fate of Khashoggi. Pompeo's friendly and smiley disposition with MBS drew criticism from several media outlets based on the stark contrast to the grave accusations brought against Saudi Arabia. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been hesitant and reluctant to decry the country. Trump was quoted, yesterday, in an interview with The Associated Press, saying, in part, "You know, here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent. I don't like that." Later in the interview, "I will say they were very strong in their denial about themselves knowing." The President has maintained, as recently as yesterday in a tweet, that he has no financial ties to Saudi Arabia; but, The Washington Post, in reporting published last week, uncovered several real estate transactions between Trump and members of Saudi leadership, including a total of $270,000 sunk into the Trump International Hotel by Saudi Arabia. Also, this morning, Mika and the panel delve into Trump's ugly and derisive rhetoric when responding to women who challenge him. His latest jab comes at the expense of Stormy Daniels, calling her, in a tweet, "Horseface." And, Steve Kornacki joins us to break down the second, and contentious, debate in the closely-matched Texas Senate race between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke; and, how President Trump will react if the GOP loses the House majority, this November. It's Wednesday, October 17th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


What-a-Denial: President Donald Trump Reports "Strong Denial" From Saudi Leadership on Khashoggi Disappearance, Suggests "Rogue Killers" To Blame

In front of the White House press pool, yesterday, President Donald Trump relayed highlights from a phone call he had with King Salman of Saudi Arabia regarding the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after he had entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and never emerged. According to President Trump, the king was vehement in his denial of any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, and apparent murder. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has also confirmed that he has "no knowledge" of Khashoggi's fate. NBC News has released new reporting on the heels of these developments, alleging that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now planning to admit that Khashoggi was killed in the Istanbul consulate by "rogue operatives" during a botched interrogation session. According to sources familiar with the plan, an effort is also underway to attempt to absolve Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of any wrongdoing by "giving him plausible deniability," alleging that he did not order the killing, nor did he possess any prior knowledge of it. President Trump, yesterday in Georgia, responded to NBC News' reporting, saying, in part, "I heard that report, but nobody knows if it's an official report; so far it's just ... the rumor report coming out." And, with just three weeks left until the November midterm elections, we have Steve Kornacki with us, this morning, to give his crucial commentary on new numbers being released from congressional contests in New York, Utah, Florida and West Virginia. He'll also touch on the extremely contentious Texas senate race between Current Republican Senator Ted Cruz -- who, according to a new attack ad, prefers White Castle hamburgers over the southern U.S. staple, Whataburger -- and Democrat Beto O'Rourke. President Trump announced, back in August, a campaign rally in support of Cruz that was, allegedly, to take place in the "biggest stadium in Texas we can find." The producers at Morning Joe have found the "biggest stadium in Texas" to be Kyle Field, home to the Texas A&M Aggies, which holds just over 100,000 people. That being said, the newly-announced Cruz rally venue will hold around 92,000 fewer Cruz fans, topping-out at just 8,000 seats. Beto O'Rourke, however, drew national attention, two weeks ago, with a Willie Nelson-featured rally that drew over 50,000 people in Austin, Texas. It's Tuesday, October 16th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


'60 Minutes' in 'Heaven': President Donald Trump Criticizes Allies and Defends Dictators in Wide-Ranging '60 Minutes' Interview

On Sunday, CBS' '60 Minutes' aired a Leslie Stahl-led interview with President Donald Trump, wherein he repeatedly danced around and dodged criticisms of known dictators and controversial world leaders like North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, respectively, while taking jabs at NATO, the European Union, and his administration's Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis. However, when prodded about repercussions stemming from slain Washington Post columnist, and permanent U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi, the president adopted a decidedly firm tone, saying, in part, "We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment." The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has since responded further to claims that it was, in some way, responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance by threatening severe economic repercussions if any sanctions were placed against it. Over the past few days of increased media coverage of Khashoggi's disappearance, several high-profile business leaders have been pulling out of an investment conference that is slated to occur in Saudi Arabia, later this month. J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford have both opted to skip the meeting; but, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has maintained that he will still attend, citing a joint effort to end the funding of terrorists. This morning, we'll bring you the highlights from Leslie Stahl's interview with the president, and Steve Kornacki joins the panel, once more, to give his latest insight on growing Democratic voter enthusiasm and how the "Blue Wave" may, indeed, break the GOP's House majority streak. It's Monday, October 15th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


America, Second: President Donald Trump Touts 'Excellent' U.S.-Saudi Relations as Questions Arise From His and Jared Kushner's Personal Relationship with Crown Prince

Yesterday, The Washington Post released new reporting by way of the Turkish government, saying that they are in possession of new audio and video that allegedly prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured, murdered and dismembered while at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. NBC News has not been able to independently confirm the reports, and Saudi Arabia claims Khashoggi left the Consulate soon after entering and denies a role in his disappearance. On the heels of the new reporting, President Donald Trump was pressured for a response, once more, by members of the press, given his thus far lukewarm and tepid reaction to recent reporting on Khashoggi's disappearance. In the Oval Office, yesterday, the president confirmed that he will not be introducing new sanctions onto Saudi Arabia; and, in turn, he cited the economic consequences of squandering a $110 Billion arms deal made with the Middle Eastern country. A deal that the Washington Post has found to be a fabrication. Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of the Washington Post and author of "Fear: Trump in the White House" Bob Woodward joins the panel, this morning, to bring to light President Trump's and Son-in-Law Jared Kushner's dealings with Saudi Arabian leadership, and how their decades-old relationship may hold a powerful influence over the White House's reaction to the Washington Post's newest reporting. Also, Steve Kornacki is here to break down a new piece from the New York Times that shows the GOP systematically abandoning midterm candidates who have fallen substantially behind their Democratic opponents in favor of tighter races. We'll also bring you the latest numbers from Senate and Gubernatorial races across the country, including from Texas, where Senator Ted Cruz's widening lead is causing many Texas Democrats to sweat. It's Friday, October 12th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Being for the Benefit of Mr. Trump: President Trump Holds $250,000 Fundraiser as Hurricane Michael Slams Florida Panhandle

Yesterday, Hurricane Michael, one of the largest and fastest-growing hurricanes in United States history, made landfall, eyeing the Florida panhandle and the Southeastern United States. And, while the storm has since been dramatically downgraded since hitting the gulf coast, it produced maximum sustained winds of over 150 miles per hour as a Category 4 hurricane. At the time of reporting, Hurricane Michael has already taken two lives, one of whom is an 11-year-old girl. Authorities are expecting the death toll to rise over the coming days, as several Florida residents have been reporting incidences of roofs being torn buildings, and, according to new reporting from CNN, entire brick walls being blown-over. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, spent his afternoon and evening in Pennsylvania, hosting a campaign fundraiser that was said to bring in over $250,000 to benefit his re-election bid. The President, afterward, hosted a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania where he extended his best wished to those affected by Hurricane Michael, saying, in part, "I wanna send our thoughts and prayers of our entire nation to everyone in the path of Hurricane Michael, especially in the Florida panhandle ... all of America sends its unwavering love and support." The rally's tone quickly shifted, however, to mocking the "#MeToo" movement, and alleging that the Russians had colluded with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. Also, this morning, we'll bring you the latest developments on missing Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi -- including the release of never-read text messages received by Khashoggi as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and "Morning Joe First Look" host Ayman Mohyeldin join Joe and the panel to discuss a potential response from the United States, taking into account the countries' long-standing relationship. And, Steve Kornacki is here to break down new Senate race polling and President Trump's latest affinity for, and trust in, poll numbers...but only if they favor Republicans and himself. It's Thursday, October 11th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Untied Nations: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley Resigns Abruptly; U.S-Saudi Relations Shaky from Slain Journalist

Yesterday afternoon, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, flanked by President Donald Trump at the White House, formally announced her resignation, effective at the end of this year. Ambassador Haley cited her "14 straight years" of public service, including the last two years serving as U.N. ambassador under President Trump, and her desire to return to the private sector as partial reasons for resigning. Haley later commented that she believes in term limits, and that, "it's just very important for government officials to understand when it's time to step aside." The president stood by Ambassador Haley's decision, saying, in part, "She's done an incredible job. She's a fantastic person, very importantly -- but she also is somebody that gets it." Last night, before President Trump departed Washington for a rally in Iowa, he told members of the press that he already had a shortlist of 5 prospective candidates for Haley's position, and that a replacement would be named "within the next two or three weeks...maybe sooner." When pressed for names, the President admitted that Dina Powell, a former Senior Adviser to the Trump Administration who left the White House in early 2018, would be under consideration. President Trump also teased the possibility of Ivanka Trump taking over the role, but conceded that he would be "accused of nepotism." Also making headlines, this morning, are new developments behind the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The New York Times is reporting new findings from Turkish security officials who have concluded that Khashoggi, a noted critic of the Saudi Royal Family, was led to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and killed by a "team of Saudi agents," under the command of "the highest levels of the royal court." According to the findings, 15 Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul in two separate planes on the day that Khashoggi had disappeared, traveled directly to the Consulate, and back to the airport, just hours after they had initially landed. Saudi leadership has since denied any claims responsibility for Khashoggi's death, and argued the he had left the Consulate safely. Both Turkish and Saudi officials are demanding evidence of each other's claims. President Trump, who was visited, at the White House, by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman earlier this year, declined to say much about the incident, only admitting that he was "concerned." Other U.S. representatives have harshly condemned Saudi Arabia's actions, and the United Nations has suggested the curation of a formal investigation of both Istanbul's and Saudi Arabia's accounts. And, with only 27 days left until the midterm elections, Steve Kornacki joins the panel with his trademark insight into the teetering scale of Senate candidate polling across the country. Will the Democrats win big in Trump states where voters have grown tired of the President's antics; or, will the so-far-successful, anti Democrat rhetoric from the Republicans keep voters in place? It's Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Who Will Survive in America: Trump and GOP Blast "Angry Mob" Democrats on Heels of Kavanaugh Confirmation, Expanding Effort to Energize Conservative Voters

The White House, yesterday, hosted the official, public swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with President Donald Trump presiding over the ceremony, and all current Supreme Court Justices in attendance. President Trump wasted little time in shifting his speech's cross-hair to the Democrats and the messy battle over Kavanaugh's confirmation. Trump, starting out the speech: "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure ... You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent." The president, doubling-down on comments he made earlier in the afternoon, where he spoke to members of the press outside of the White House, alleging that the series of accusations brought against the "brilliant jurist" Brett Kavanaugh was nothing but a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats, and the "Democrats' lawyers." The rhetoric adopted by the President is the latest example of a growing trend among GOP leadership, in which they attempt to paint the Democrats as the party of radical, angry protesters whose behavior closely resembles that of an "angry mob." Multiple Senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) invoked the use of such vernacular on a variety of Sunday talk shows and interviews on Capitol Hill in a thinly-veiled effort to rile-up Republican voters, pushing them to turn out for a number of contentious Senate races across the country. Majority Leader McConnell, while in his home-state of Kentucky, yesterday, doubled-down on this rhetoric once more: "We were literally under assault. These demonstrators, I'm sure some of them were well-meaning citizens, but many of them were obviously trained to get in our faces..." New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters joins the panel to discuss his latest piece, out today, which shines a light on not only the Republican initiative to use the Kavanaugh confirmation as political fuel, but the Democrats' equally-as-charged-up plan, as well. This morning, with exactly four weeks until the midterm elections, we'll break down the electrifying gap in Presidential approval based on gender, the record number of women running for office, and how the latest Senate polling numbers may shift dramatically based upon either the Democrats' possible "unifying" message, or the effect of Republicans' intensifying, anti-left rhetoric. It's Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Beers for Fears: Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to United States Supreme Court; GOP Takes Self-Congratulatory Victory Lap

On Saturday afternoon, amid widespread protests on both Capitol Hill and at the steps of the Supreme Court, the Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States by the decidedly slim margin of 50-48 votes. The Senate's decision, predictably, was met with harsh backlash from protesters -- some of whom pushed past police barricades at Kavanaugh's swearing-in ceremony, which was held privately at the Supreme Court with only the Judge's family present. On the other side of the picket line, prominent members of the GOP lauded the Senate's final tally. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted out, after the vote had passed, "I’m not tired of winning….....Victory!" accompanied by a black-and-white photo of himself and Justice Kavanaugh with the word "CONFIRMED" at the bottom. A Twitter hashtag also arose from the fray of Senate criticism, entitled simply, "#BEERS4BRETT," in which supporters attached photos of themselves and their respective beers. The hashtag is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Kavanaugh's much-parodied "I liked beer; I still like beer" defense while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), meanwhile, made his weekend press rounds, appearing on both 'Fox News Sunday' and CBS' 'Face The Nation,' defending his decision to block President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland from ever getting a Senate vote. McConnell, on 'Fox News Sunday,' expressed to Chris Wallace that the blocking was merely, "the tradition in America ... if you have a party of a different -- a different Senate of a different party than the president, you don't fill a vacancy created in the presidential year." The Senate Majority Leader offered a bit of a history lesson, on 'Face The Nation,' piggy-backing off of the sentiment of 'Senate tradition," saying, "You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time a Senate controlled by a different party from the president confirmed a Supreme Court justice to a vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election."  McConnell, then, received some push-back from host John Dickerson. Dickerson refuted McConnell's claim, and cited the nomination, and eventual confirmation, of Justice William J. Brennan, a Democrat, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, just before the Presidential election of 1956. McConnell's response consisted of reiterating his previous point and relaying to Dickerson that "The history is exactly how I told you." Meanwhile, President Donald Trump praised Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for voting 'Yes' on Kavanaugh's confirmation, while condemning Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) 'Present' vote. The President, on Saturday: "I've done so much for Alaska. I'm shocked to see her vote." The President and much of the GOP leadership are banking on the riling-up of angered conservative voters in the wake of Kavanaugh's messy confirmation process to push the party toward victory in the midterm elections, just 29 days away. This morning, we'll bring you the latest numbers on those key Senate seat races across the country from Arizona to Tennessee to Texas and why Taylor Swift is choosing, now, to throw her hat into the ring of politics. It's Monday, October 8th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Men of Emotion: Trump Riles Up Rally-Goers Against Dems Ahead of Key Kavanaugh Vote; Kavanaugh Pens 'Emotional' and 'Impartial' Op-Ed

Later this morning, at approximately 10:30 a.m. EST, the first full-Senate vote to advance the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is set to take place. The vote comes just one day after the FBI released the findings of its controversially brief investigation into Kavanaugh's past history of sexual misconduct against numerous women. The report, which was not officially released to the public, nor the media, was slaughtered by Senate Democrats for being inconclusive, "a mockery," according to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), and "a bulls**t investigation," according to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Senate Republicans, including the still-undecided Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), praised the FBI's thoroughness, and have claimed that the Bureau found no such evidence of corroboration of the accusers' accounts against Kavanaugh. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), patience wearing obviously thin, had a few choice words for members of the press yesterday, on the heels of the document's release -- complaining, "You've humiliated this guy enough and there seems to be no bottom for some of you." Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) also drew criticism, yesterday, for the manner in which he interacted with protesters on the Hill. When confronted by multiple women, expressing their concerns about Sen. Hatch's support for Judge Kavanaugh, the Senator waved them off, and told them to "Grow up," before catching an elevator, escorted by security. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, attended his third campaign rally, this week, in Rochester, Minnesota where he continued pushing his rhetoric of damning the Democrats for their "resistance" against Kavanaugh's nomination while glad-handing GOP candidates. Trump, true to form, ignited his base once more with violent and searing language included in excerpts like, "The dems are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave." Notably absent from the public eye, and mostly silent, however, is the man at the eye of the storm: Brett Kavanaugh, who published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Thursday evening. In the piece, Kavanaugh laments his emotional performance last Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, while painting himself as "pro-law," bi-partisan, and "impartial." He concludes by offering that. if confirmed, he "will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law." Ultimately, this morning, if Kavanaugh's nomination passes this crucial first vote, the Senate will be afforded up to 30 hours of debate. After that, a final vote will be held. It's Friday, October 5th, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


"Look At The Big 'Strain' On Brett": GOP Commences Final Push for Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Vote as FBI Investigation Concludes

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the floor of the Senate to announce that the FBI investigation involving the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had been completed, and the findings will be shared with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning. According to sources familiar with this morning's schedule, Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was the first to receive the FBI's report, at 8 a.m. EST, for analysis. At 9 a.m., Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will then be allowed to view the findings. The staggered release of the report will continue with GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m., Democratic members at 11 a.m., and remaining members of the Senate, afterward. Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has already set a vote for the continuation of Kavanaugh's confirmation for Friday. If Kavanaugh's confirmation effort survives this next round of voting, the Senate can then debate for up to 30 hours, placing the first opportunity for a penultimate confirmation vote on Saturday morning. That being said, a handful of Senators, on both sides of the aisle, still remain undecided on the Kavanaugh vote -- most notably, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Both of whom have been targets of vigorous protests in the halls of the Capitol Building, leading Capitol Police to block some areas of the building off from media and civilians. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been doubling down on his and his base's support of Judge Kavanaugh, attempting to "fire up" his loyal supporters by feeding off of and exploiting their distaste and distrust of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Joining us with her new reporting, out today, is White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News Shannon Pettypiece. She'll explain how Trump is "tapping in" to core conservative values by drumming up unyielding and intense support of Judge Kavanaugh and, in turn, drumming up GOP-voter enthusiasm a little more than a month before the midterm elections. What's more, new polling out from Fox News, this morning, is showing that support for multiple GOP senate candidates across the country is up, amidst the confirmation fight of Brett Kavanaugh, indicating that President Trump's push has some political merit. It's Thursday, October 4, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.


Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Skimmed: The New York Times Releases Exposé on Trump's Shady Tax Schemes and Massive Parental Gifts

Yesterday, the New York Times released a bombshell, 25+-page report on President Donald Trump's childhood, his family's suspicious tax schemes and the eventual attempted betrayal of his father. According to the scathing report, Fred Trump, the president's father, sought out any possible path to funnel wealth toward his children from his real estate empire. Mr. Trump reportedly gifted his son, now-President Trump, up to $400,000 -- adjusted for current inflation -- at the age of three; and, by the time he was eight, now-President Trump had already achieved millionaire status. This directly contradicts the President's long-standing, campaign-born mantra that he had only received a "small loan" of a million dollars from his father. Over the years, President Trump had received over $400 million from his father's real estate company in the form of gifts, calculated tax fraud and even the rewriting of his father's will to bail himself out of financial shortcomings stemming from his multiple failing business ventures. After the report was released, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance responded to the damning allegations in the Times' report by advising that the Department would be “vigorously pursuing all appropriate areas of investigation.” However, due to the state's statute of limitations, many of the alleged wrongdoings committed by the Trumps will not see trial. That will not, reportedly, stop investigators from looking into President Trump's more recent tax dealings, seeing the Times' report as a "starting point." Also, this morning, we'll bring you the latest updates on the investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. According to sources close to the FBI's investigation, a conclusion may be reached as early as this morning. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), meanwhile, is applying even more pressure to the still-undecided Senators, on both sides of the aisle, assuring members of the press that the Senate's vote on Kavanaugh will happen "this week." Benjamin Wittes joins the panel, this morning, with a delve into his enlightening new piece, out in The Atlantic, today, entitled, "I Know Brett Kavanaugh, But I Wouldn't Confirm Him." He'll chat about Judge Kavanaugh's lack of decorum and "upsetting" temperament displayed in his Senate Judiciary testimonies, and how, even if he is assumed "wholly innocent" of sexual misconduct, that should be cause for alarm. It's Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. Welcome to Morning Joe.

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