When GOP strategist Rick Wilson was asked about President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the Republican Party, his scathing answer was a bit too much for MSNBC to handle, according to The Hill.
Wilson was so frustrated with the GOP’s response to the Trump era that he dove into an expletive-filled rant that forced MSNBC to cut the audio.
“Are you saying that on TV?” Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Wilson after he was finished.
What did he say?
MSNBC host John Heilemann asked Wilson how Trump could continue to brag about his approval rating among Republicans.
“Cocaine is a hell of a drug,” was Wilson’s immediate response.
Here’s more of what he said:
“They love the fact that Donald Trump finally gives them this sort of id of the Republican Party. They’re finally given permission to say the ugly things they kind of wanted in their secret hearts for a long time, and the monster got out of its cage in terms of a lot of the populist messaging that worked to motivate Republican primary voters for a long time. There’s just a huge courage deficit in this country.”
What Wilson said next never made it on air, as MSNBC muted him for about seven seconds. Wilson filled in curious viewers on Twitter, however:
“I said ‘Washington is full of profiles in chickens***,'” Wilson tweeted. “‘You and I both get calls from members of Congress who say I can’t stand this a**hole.’”
What is Trump’s approval rating?
Trump has made a big deal in recent weeks about his extremely high approval rate among Republican voters, repeatedly highlighting a claim that he is more popular than Abraham Lincoln ever was.
While PolitiFact notes that Trump’s rating among Republicans is indeed very high (between 84 and 90 percent dating back to mid-April), several presidents have eclipsed Trump’s mark at around the same time in their presidencies, including George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Dwight Eisenhower.
As for Lincoln? Polling wasn't reliable enough in Lincoln's era to truly know just how popular the iconic leader was. The origins of what can be considered scientific polling only date back to the 1930s.