MSNBC Steve Schmidt: Midterm A Referendum On Trump, Will Be "Repudiation Or Validation" Of Trumpism

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Former Republican and MSNBC commentator Steve Schmidt said Tuesday evening the midterm race is a referendum on Trump, Trumpism, and his strategy of "racial animus." He said the results will be either repudiation or validation, nothing between the two.

You may recall that in November 2016, Schmidt advised then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to prepare a "dignified" concession speech to the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Everybody will know when we see the results about what happened tonight, it's either repudiation, or validation. And there will be nothing in between the two," Schmidt said on MSNBC. "I mean, Republicans should have seen this coming for a long, long, long time, if, in fact, there is a repudiation of Trumpism tonight."





Schmidt lamented that Trump created a political party when he came to Washington and that Republicans have capitulated to his "vileness," "meanness," "cruelty," and "dishonesty."

"When Donald Trump came to Washington, there were three parties in the town. There was a Democratic party, a Republican party, and Donald Trump. The Republicans made the affirmative decision, one by one by one, Lindsey Graham is the great avatar of them all, to capitulate to it, to surrender to it. The vileness, the meanness, the cruelty, the dishonesty, the assaults on objective truth," he said.

Schmidt said Cruz is just as bad as Trump when it comes to "vandalizing" our "civic discourse" and compared him to a villain.

"I just want to say about Beto O'Rourke and Andrew Gillum, I mean, every superhero has to have the right nemesis," he said. "And for Beto O'Rourke, he's been very lucky in his choice of oppositional villains to run against."

The former self-identified Republican also accused FOX News of being a billion-dollar propaganda machine for the president.

"One of the things that is for sure unique, we have never seen in this country a billion dollar propaganda industry in full service and in absolute control of an administration in the way that FOX News is," Schmidt said.

STEVE SCHMIDT: When Donald Trump came to Washington, there were three parties in the town. There was a Democratic party, a Republican party, and Donald Trump. The Republicans made the affirmative decision, one by one by one, Lindsey Graham is the great avatar of them all, to capitulate to it, to surrender to it. The vileness, the meanness, the cruelty, the dishonesty, the assaults on objective truth. The liberalism of it. The assaults on our important institutions from the Department of the Justice to the intelligence community. The politicization of the military. It is beyond belief.

We always look in campaigns and we say the campaigns determine by the last meaningful thing that happened as opposed to the first significant thing that happened, and this election was determined two years ago by the capitulation and surrender of the Republican party, the throwing out of the window of every orthodoxy, every claim, every fidelity of belief, that these people once claimed. That they stood for election on. And so tonight, the country gets to weigh in.

One of the things that is for sure unique, we have never seen in this country a billion dollar propaganda industry in full service and in absolute control of an administration in the way that FOX News is.

And I suspect when you watch the rallies, right, it presents a dystopian view of America. Though everybody in that rally is enthralled to this cult of personality that's not the country. Today we hear from the country and in a few hours we will really get a sense about reality, and it may pop this bubble, this Trump reality distortion field that's propagandized that we see the wizard behind the screen later tonight maybe.

Or this will be validated. And if it worked, the racial incitements, the cruelty, the meanness, the viciousness, if it worked, we're going to be in a crisis in this country the likes of which was simply unimaginable two years ago, four years ago, at any time in our lifetimes. ...

Look, Donald Trump can say whatever. If you have it within you to make up a fake invasion of America, I have no doubt that if there's some Republican that holds on to the Senate out there, that they're going to look at it and claim that, hey, you know, this, what a great victory for us, despite all the results. But we will know, we will know. Everybody will know when we see the results about what happened tonight. And, again, it's either repudiation, or validation. And there will be nothing in between the two...

The choice to latch themselves to the mast of the S.S. Donald Trump was deliberate, was premeditated, and the result was entirely predictable. That this chairman talks about this like a caveman would ponder an eclipse or a thunderstorm and wonder what god had been angered by what activity of what other cave person is just beyond preposterous. It's beyond preposterous.

I mean, Republicans should have seen this coming for a long, long, long time, if, in fact, there is a repudiation of Trumpism tonight. But to say all of a sudden that, well, the political climate is terrible, as if it's providential, that it wasn't preventable, that may be, just saying, when Donald Trump lied 6,000 times this year, or he attacked every essential institution in the country, when he degraded our civic discourse, when he stoked the cold civil war in the country, Republicans didn't have to stand there and be quiet about it. They made the choice. They made their bed, and now they're going to lie in it.

I just want to say about Beto O'Rourke and Andrew Gillum, I mean, every superhero has to have the right nemesis. And for Beto O'Rourke, he's been very lucky in his choice of oppositional villains to run against.

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