More than 30 years after President Ronald Reagan left office, MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude on Sunday was still blaming him for modern economic problems during a discussion of the Democratic presidential race.
On Up with David Gura and as Glaude gushed over Elizabeth Warren’s performance in the last debate, he even claimed that Democrats have been “complicit” along with Republicans in implementing Reaganesque economic policy.
At 9:31 a.m. Eastern, host David Gura posed: “What should the other candidates who are watching Elizabeth Warren’s campaign take from it? What has she done well that they might emulate, do you think?”
The liberal MSNBC contributor had glowing praise for Senator Warren as he began:
Well, her retail politics game is just off the charts. I mean, she’s everywhere — the cell phone lines are long for a reason. But I think also what they need to understand is that not only do you have to demonstrate that you can take Donald Trump on, right, and that you can bounce back from a mistake, but you also have to have a vision for the future — that the problems that we faced prior to Donald Trump — that the problems that everyday working people are facing in terms of paying for college — in terms of making sure they put food on the table — that they could in fact imagine a future for their kids — that that wasn’t reducible to Donald Trump.
He then tied in President Reagan, a rather tiresome liberal talking point: “That was because of a set of policies that came out of the age of Reagan that is part and parcel of the Republican Party. And the Democratic party has been complicit in it. And so she’s trying to say that we need a paradigmatic shift in how we think of government.”
Glaude — who has a history of spouting anti-Israel sentiments — then brought up the possibility of Senator Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) debating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he referred to the “occupied territories” — a choice of words more commonly used by the left. Here was Glaude:
And, you know, the way in which Bernie Sanders can distinguish himself from her — and I think he can do it by calling himself a socialist and her a capitalist to the bone, Sanders can say, “Look, we differ on foreign policy.” We can begin to talk about where she stands with regards to the exercise of U.S. military power — where does Sanders stand in regards to military power? What is her position with regards to Israel and the occupied territories?
How does Sanders feel about that? So that might show up, but I think at the heart of what we see with Elizabeth Warren is that she’s giving voice to a desire for a different way of doing business. And I think if we understand that, then we can see why she’s doing so well in the polls.
As Glaude complained about the economy, the record low unemployment rate was not mentioned, which is at a 50-year low.