- The Washington Times - Friday, June 8, 2018

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace turned her sights on President Trump’s family this week by asking if the women in his life are “dead inside.”

The host of “Deadline: White House” asked a panel of guests Thursday afternoon if the commander in chief pays off his female family members to keep them under control.

“Are they just the most stoic human beings, are they numb, are they dead inside, are they paid off, I mean, what’s their deal?” she asked regarding his criticisms of porn actress Stormy Daniels, among other women.

SEE ALSO: MSNBC’s Todd: Trump ‘responsible’ for ‘tone’ of Samantha Bee’s attack on Ivanka

“Yes, yes, and yes, but I think they do not see President Trump the way that all of us see President Trump,” Vanity Fair reporter Emily Fox responded. “They have such a distorted image of who he is that they don’t have the kind of reaction that we do. It’s almost some sort of trick or spell he has on them. … Ivanka Trump is the most masterful compartmentalizer that America has maybe ever seen.”

The segment comes in the wake of comedian Samantha Bee’s apology for calling the first daughter a “feckless c—t” during her TBS show “Full Frontal.”

Ms. Bee apologized for the commentary, although NBC’s Chuck Todd still held the president responsible for her “tone.”

“There’s no defending Samantha Bee and yet it’s hard to ever empathize with President Trump when they’re asking, you know, for empathy since he torches people all the time too. … But at the end of the day, I mean, you know, it’s like — how is it that the president is not responsible for this tone? You know, you can’t help and say it starts at the top,” Mr. Todd said May 31. “He regularly berates and mocks the looks of any of us. I’ve been one. And so when he expresses, I can’t believe they said that about me, it’s hard to feel sorry for him.”

Mrs. Wallace then expressed confusion at the Trump family’s dynamics since both mothers “seem to be raising nice kids.”

The panel also chided Trump attorney Rudolph Guiliani for saying Ms. Daniels, who claims she had an affair with the president in 2006, does not have his respect.

“I respect all human beings,” Mr. Giuliani said Wednesday in Tel Aviv. “I even have to respect criminals. But I’m sorry, I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career women or a women of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a women and as a person and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation.”

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