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As though it was a running theme for MSNBC on Wednesday night, multiple expert panelists acted as though they couldn’t understand why the public has trust issues with former UN Ambassador Susan Rice. “And one thing [President Donald Trump] said in the interview that is true, Susan Rice is not a particularly polished public performer,” declared New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush on Chris Matthews’ Hardball.
His excuses for Rice became even more ridiculous when he wrote off her Benghazi explanation. “We saw that on the Sunday shows after Benghazi. Sometimes she appears to be sort of defensive and a little bit skittish,” he argued. He completely skipped over the fact that when she bounced between those Sunday shows, she was trying to sell the Obama administration’s lie that the attack was because of an offensive YouTube video.
“She wasn't great on Andrea Mitchell yesterday. And this is a president whose very much looking, as you said, to change the narrative. And he pounced on it,” he continued in his defense, “But as you know, a lot of the experts that we've interviewed as an organization have said it is highly unlikely that Ambassador Rice’s behavior represents a widespread pattern of surveillance against the Trump campaign.”