‘We’re in for the fight of our lives’: ACLU exec. dir.


‘We’re in for the fight of our lives’: ACLU exec. dir.

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, talks with Rachel Maddow about the surge in public support since the election of Donald Trump, and how his group is preparing to defend civil liberties from President-elect Donald Trump’s stated agenda. Duration: 5:28

WATCH: Maddow Catches Trump Doc Trumping Up His Credentials

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With help from a viewer, an obviously delighted Rachel Maddow discovered on Thursday that Donald Trump’s doctor exaggerated his credentials in the signature of his letter about the Republican nominee’s health.

Harold Bornstein is the gastroenterologist who declared Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” He was once a fellow at the American College of Gastroenterologists, and signed his letter vouching for Trump’s good health using acronym still defining him as a fellow at the association.

But Bornstein’s membership with the group lapsed in 1995, Maddow learned.

When asked by MSNBC about using the title in his signature without maintaining membership, Bornstein said that the title “has no value” but that he will continue to use it.

Watch the segment via MSNBC:

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An Exasperated Hillary Pushes Back Against Maddow: ‘I Am Ahead!’



Hillary Clinton expressed some agitation during tonight’s MSNBC town hall when Rachel Maddowasked her about the primary race against Bernie Sanders.

Maddow was asking about Sanders potentially dropping out after California “if you’re ahead in the vote, if you’re ahead in pledged delegates.”

Clinton interrupted to cry, “I am ahead! I am way ahead on both!”

She touted the millions more votes she has than Sanders and said “what he and his supporters are now saying just doesn’t add up!”

Clinton went on and on about sharing goals with Sanders before again emphasizing to Maddow, “But I am ahead! And let’s start from that premise while we talk about what happens next!”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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Rachel Maddow’s own category is the ‘Best New Thing’ on ‘Jeopardy’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow provides the clue in a new 'Jeopardy' category named after her 'Best New Thing In The World' segment. (Jeopardy)

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow provides the clue in a new ‘Jeopardy’ category named after her ‘Best New Thing In The World’ segment. (Jeopardy)


Answer: This MSNBC host is the basis for a category that debuted on the game show Jeopardy on Wednesday night, Ad Week reported.

Question: Who is Rachel Maddow?

The show released video of Maddow providing the clue for “Best New Thing In The World,” a set of questions based on a long-running segment on her show. It also posted a short video of Maddow explaining why she would have liked to cover the 1964 presidential election as it happened.

“With the country having just been through the trauma of the [John F.] Kennedy assassination, I just feel like ’64 was something that I would have liked to see up close,” she said. “And I would loved to have had a role in trying to make sense of it, trying to explain it.”

Watch Maddow provide a clue in the category, as posted online on Wednesday, below.

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And her remarks to the show can be seen here.

Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

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While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

During her interview with former Sec. of State Clinton, Maddow went the extra mile by going back to Clinton get her discuss Donald Trump’s abortion punishment comments after she had already taped the interview.

Maddow got Clinton to offer a different perspective that didn’t match up with the Beltway conventional wisdom on the Republican Party and Trump:

What I think is going on is that, you know, they know, because of his personality, because of his divisiveness, which is much more out there than what you see among other Republicans, not that it’s that different, but the way he expresses it. You know, going after Mexicans as rapists, and criminals. Insulting women. Barring Muslims.

You know, that reflects a certain strain of belief within the Republican party. It’s not totally outside the pale of what many of their leaders have been saying, campaigning on, winning elections on. What they’ve done is to create the environment where someone emerges who is truly, in their view, a personality they don’t know what to do with. And yet on issues it– they should look in the mirror.

Rachel Maddow didn’t talk about emails or the other shiny Republican created objects that the media gets infatuated with. Instead, she asked intelligent questions, and she got smart answers.

During her interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Maddow gave Sanders the room to discuss the Republican Party in blunt terms, “And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two tenths of 1 percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions, doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you — and I just don’t, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party. It is a fringe party. Maybe they get 5, 10 percent of the vote.”

Rachel Maddow delivered two of the best candidate interviews that voters will see anywhere in 2016. Her interviews were informative to the electorate and demonstrated how it is possible to provide both entertainment and information. By not trying to make the news, Rachel Maddow added to the political discourse and provided two hours of shining programming in a sea of 24-hour cable news muck.


Rachel Maddow Calls Out Trump

No other journalist has been as vociferous as Rachel about the dangerous precedent Trump has set with his supporters:


Escalating aggression marks Trump’s rally rhetoric

Rachel Maddow presents a video timeline of Donald Trump’s comments at rallies that have stoked hostility and incited violence by his supporters against protesters, leading to chaos after a canceled rally in Chicago.

Watch this video – it is astounding.

Megyn Kelly Defends Maddow: ‘What’s the Harm’ in Her Moderating a Debate?

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow co-moderated last night’s  Thursday night’s Democratic debate, and while she did receive praise for asking tough, substantive questions, she did receive criticism because of the very fact that she was an outspoken liberal commentator moderating a presidential debate.

Oh, and also the fact that she hugged both candidates.

On Fox News tonight, Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz had their doubts about Maddow’s claim she would do the same for Republicans, with Kurtz insisting “she should not have been on that stage.”

Kelly, however, pointed out that the RNC has pushed for conservative commentators to co-moderate their debates (i.e. Hugh Hewitt at the CNN GOP debates), and she made it clear Fox News rejected them outright.

However, Kelly went on to say, “I find myself in the unusual position of defending MSNBC.”

Rachel Maddow Grows Faster Than Fox News As Replay Ratings Jump 70%


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Rachel Maddow is experiencing some huge growth in viewership as the ratings for the midnight (ET) replay of her nightly MSNBC show are up 70% with younger viewers.

According to MSNBC’s press release on their November ratings, “In the key 25-54 demo, MSNBC saw double-digit growth for “Morning Joe” up 10% and MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts up 27%. The Rachel Maddow Show was up a staggering 70% at 12a and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell was up 61% at 1a. Since premiering in September, MTP Daily is up 10% over MSNBC Live.”

What is interesting is that Maddow finished third with these same viewers during her original 9 PM airing, but her viewership skyrocketed in November for the midnight replay.

Fox News had a very strong month, but compared to November 2014, ratings were flat or down, “In the daytime, Fox was flat in viewers and down 11 percent in the demo. In primetime, FNC was down 8 percent in viewers and 14 percent in demo viewers.”

Because of the Paris terror attacks, CNN’s total day viewership rose 26%, but their gains look small when compared to the growth that Maddow’s replay is experiencing.

Younger viewers (age 25-54) flocked to Maddow’s show during a busy November. The fact that Maddow has seen such an uptick at midnight suggests that viewers may have been tuning in to catch up on The Rachel Maddow show before bed.

While Fox News continues to struggle to build the next generation of younger viewers, Rachel Maddow’s show is becoming must check in with television when news happens.

A 70% viewership increase is impressive, and it demonstrates the power of Rachel Maddow as a media voice.

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Trump refuses to say how Muslim ‘databases’ would be different from Nazi IDs for Jews

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an appearance in Newton, Iowa on Nov. 19, 2015. [MSNBC]
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an appearance in Newton, Iowa on Nov. 19, 2015. [MSNBC]


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would not explain how registering American Muslims in a “database” would be different from the identification Germany’s Nazi regime forced upon Jewish residents, in footage aired on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show on Thursday night.

The footage shows NBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard asking from off-camera, “Why would Muslim databases not be the same thing as requiring Jews to register in Nazi Germany? What would be the difference? Is there a difference between the two?”

After asking Hillyard where he works, Trump refuses to say anything but, “You tell me” before walking away.

“Should Muslims be fearful?” Hillyard asks. “Will there be consequences if they don’t register?”

However, Trump says nothing and continues walking away from the reporter.

RELATED: Trump crosses the Nazi line: Maybe Muslims should wear special ID badges

The real estate mogul’s reluctance to address the question came after he told Hillyard that he “would certainly implement” such a database against the country’s Muslim population, saying that it would be “good management.” Later, Hillyard said, his campaign staff refused his request to obtain further clarification from Trump regarding his remarks.

Hillyard pursued that line of questioning following Trump’s refusal earlier in the day to discount forcing Muslims to carry specialized identification marking their religion, saying, “Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy.”

Watch Maddow’s commentary and the footage involving Trump,

As aired on Thursday,

Maddow Shreds Republicans Critical of Clinton for Following Law Signed by Reagan (Video)


With Hillary Clinton’s over nine hours of Benghazi testimony now in the books, it’s time for the experts and pundits to dissect everything that went down during the Republican-led sideshow they’re calling an “investigation.” And being that this sham of a “hearing” went on from morning well into the evening on Thursday, there’s plenty to go over.

Well, Rachel Maddow took exception to fact that Republicans have taken a process which has really never been partisan in the past, and turned it into a ridiculous spectacle that is nothing more than political theater meant to harm Clinton’s chances next year. In particular, Maddow emphasized that the Republican-led committee went after Clinton for the formation of an Accountability Review Board (ARB – an acronym that was used constantly on Thursday), even though a law signed by Ronald Reagan required her to do so.

The MSNBC host pointed out that the law passed during the Reagan administration was a direct result of several security flaws in Beirut that led to terrorist attacks against Americans, including the deaths of 241 service members when a Marine barracks was bombed. These ARB’s were never meant to be partisan or used as political tools to attack politicians. Nor have we ever seen an instance in this country where a tragedy has been exploited like Republicans have done with Benghazi.

“We have never had a congressional partisan carnival like this over an attack on a US outpost overseas, never,” Maddow said. “In the history of Beirut, in the history of Khobar Towers, of the East Africa embassy bombings, of the 9/11 commission, even, of the attack on the USS Cole, on even the intelligence leading up to the Iraq war.” And it’s an extremely dangerous precedent to set.

These sorts of committees aren’t meant to be used to wage character assassinations for political gain. Not only that, but it’s deplorable for anyone – Democrat or Republican – to exploit any tragedy to wage petty partisan attacks against their opponent. Now I know what many Republicans will say: But we want to know what happened! Clinton has clearly been covering up and hiding the truth!  No, she hasn’t.

This is the eighth  congressional investigation into Benghazi. Of those eight, six have been led by Republicans. Even after over nine hours of testimony, the general consensus by most was that there was nothing new said today that hadn’t already been established by the previous seven  investigations.

Then again, this wasn’t about finding out “the truth.” This was nothing but a spectacle meant to try to trap Clinton into a “gotcha” moment. It was clear they intended the proceedings to drag on for a ridiculous amount of time (11 hours in total, including breaks) hoping through sheer exhaustion the former Secretary of State would give them something they could turn into an attack on her later.

Unfortunately for them, she didn’t. In fact, when it was all said and done, she looked more presidential than ever before. But Maddow finished the segment in a rather somber note, issuing a slight warning for the nation. “Republicans have turned it all into one big hilarious partisan joke,” Maddow stated. “If God loves America, we will find out soon that somewhere there is a reset button that we can hit after this is over to erase this as a potential precedent for our country moving forward.”

The next time something like this happens (which will eventually happen) it’s likely we’ll never know the actual truth. Because Republicans have established that it’s now fair game to use these types of hearings not to legitimately investigate what happened based on facts, but to wage political attacks against people they want to try to take down. And in a process that was never meant to be partisan, Republicans have turned it into one of the most partisan issues of the last three years.

Watch the segment via MSNBC