MSNBC host Chris Hayes tore into President Trump during his opening monologue Tuesday night, calling his “recklessness” regarding the coronavirus so egregious that can only be described as “evil.”
Mr. Hayes played a clip that showed the viral moment Mr. Trump removed his face mask while standing on the Truman Balcony upon his return to the White House Monday after receiving treatment for COVID-19 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“Every single venal pathology of this president, this administration, and the party that supports him — that have led to one of the worst responses in the world and the deaths of more than 211,000 Americans and counting — all of that have been on display,” Mr. Hayes said.
“The denials and the shiftiness and the lies, the propaganda and the narcissism, the disinformation and misinformation and miscommunication, the subsuming everything to the president’s narrow sense of what will play best politically, the contempt for safety precautions and public health expertise, but more than anything else, it’s the recklessness,” he continued. “A recklessness so egregious and aggressive and acute as to only be described as evil.”
Mr. Hayes claimed there are entire countries with fewer active COVID-19 cases than the White House after it was reported that senior adviser Stephen Miller had joined more than a dozen officials to test positive.
Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Hayes accused people who don’t take face masks seriously of “getting people killed.” He suggested that “[t]he most humane and reasonable way to deal with all these people, if we survive this, is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission.”
He did not elaborate on what that commission might look like.
Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Bulwark, responded, “How about truth and no reconciliation?”