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Rachel Maddow melts down over Trump's success in Iowa; censors victory speech and ramps up alarmism
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Rachel Maddow melts down over Trump's success in Iowa; censors victory speech and ramps up alarmism

Former President Donald Trump crushed his competition in the Iowa Republican caucuses Monday night, leading the runner-up, Gov. Ron DeSantis, by roughly 30 points. While the result left a smile on the 77-year-old Republican's face, it prompted leftist talking heads over at MSNBC to hyperventilate much in the same way as in November 2016.

Rachel Maddow, in particular, appeared to have trouble processing Trump's success.

The longtime exponent of the Russian collusion hoax not only concern-mongered about the rise of fascism and authoritarianism but refused to run the Republican front-runner's victory speech, claiming that "there is a cost to us, as a news organization, of knowingly broadcasting untrue things."

"I just have to get to business just for a second. At this point in the evening the projected winner of the Iowa caucuses has just started giving his victory speech," said Maddow, apparently loath to speak Trump's name at the outset. "We will keep an eye on that as it happens. We will let you know if there is any news made in that speech, anything noteworthy, something substantive and important."

Maddow added, "It's not out of spite. It is not a decision that we relish. It is a decision that we regularly revisit, and, honestly, earnestly, it is not an easy decision."

After preventing her remaining viewers from hearing firsthand from one of the two leading presidential candidates going into the 2024 general election, Maddow suggested Trump might seek to bring about the kind of tyrannical state first championed in the previous century by disenchanted European socialists.

The corporate host told the Biden White House's former press secretary and other advocates for the ruling power, "I don't mean to be, again, too dark as you said on this ... but if we are worried about the rise of authoritarianism in this country, if we are worried about potential rise of fascism in this country, if we're worried about our democracy falling to an authoritarian and potentially fascist form of government, the leader who is trying to do that is part of that equation."

According to Maddow, even worse than the threat of a supposed crypto-fascist at the helm of the opposition party — whom she prophesied in a whisper will ultimately be convicted as the result of one of the cases brought against him by Democratic functionaries — is the threat posed by those who would dare support him.

"But people wanting that are a much bigger part of the equation," continued the host. "And the American electorate is made up of two major parties. One of those parties has been flirting with extremism on the ultra-right for a very long time. They've brought them in in a way that they haven't been central to Republican electoral politics ever before, and I know because I've been studying this."

Maddow was responding to former Biden press secretary Jen Psaki concerning her mention of a Des Moines Register/NBC poll, which found in December that likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa were more likely to support Trump becuase of statements regarded as controversial by the liberal media.

For instance, the Trump threat of "seriously looking into alternatives to Obamacare" prompted 55% of respondents to indicate they would be more likely to support him. 50% of likely caucus-goers signaled greater support for the pledge to authorize "sweeping raids, giant camps and mass deportations" to tackle the existential threat of illegal immigration. 43% said they were more likely to support him on account of his suggestion that "racial left thugs that live like vermin" need to be rooted out.

The leftist talking head stressed further that no longer is the "MAGA movement" "the problem of one man," but rather it is a problem now endemic in the GOP.

Trump is presently leading Biden in the polls. The latest CBS News poll has the former president leading Biden by two points. Rasmussen Reports has Trump leading Biden 49-41.

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Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon

Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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