Nicolle Wallace Weirdly Slams 'Illegitimate Anti-Trump Movements'

During a conversation on Monday’s Morning Joe panelists Nicolle Wallace took issue with a more vocal anti- Donald Trump movement within the Republican Party. “There are legitimate anti-Trump movements, they are the candidacies of his opponents. And then there are illegitimate anti-Trump movements. I think to the degree the party bosses look like they’re are on the scale, those are completely illegitimate anti-Trump efforts.” Wallace argued.

According to Wallace there were 17 anti-Trump movements throughout the past several months. “They were his Republican opponents. And there are still four[three] in the candidacies of Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz.” Wallace also argued that only those three should have given the anti-Trump speech Mitt Romney gave the other day.

And I think that the message about stopping Trump had come from one of his opponents who are still running legitimate anti-trump movements, in that they opposing him, it would have had a much greater impact than it looking like it came down from on high.

Wallace continued a weird trend in the liberal media of arguing that only people running for the GOP nomination have the right to raise criticisms of Trump.  That line of argument serves to shut down the discussion of the legitimate concerns GOP voters have about Donald Trump. It also serves to discredit those who raise concerns by labeling them “establishment” when some are anything but.

It is very troubling that members of the media would try to limit who can criticize Trump. Especially when Media Research Center data shows that Trump gets a majority of network coverage, while little of it is dedicated to vetting Trump’s past and liberal positions.

Wallace also argued that such anti-Trump movements, such as #NeverTrump, goes against the will of republican voters. “I think that he’s unstoppable in terms of the will of the voters. I think at the end will show the majority of voters want him.” An interesting statement since Trump has yet to receive a majority of the votes in any state and Ted Cruz is nipping at his heels in the delegate count.

If Wallace, who is known for being a Jeb Bush backer, and members of the liberal media are concerned about members of the “establishment” subverting the will of the people, then they should cast their gaze the Democrat nomination process. In the Democrat process there are members of the Party known as “super delegates.” These delegates are made up of members of the party who are elected to public office.

One only need to look at the New Hampshire primary to see how they subvert the election process. Bernie Sanders won 60 percent of the vote, but he and Hillary Clinton received the same amount of delegates because most of the super delegates are backing her. Long before Democrats started voting the Clinton campaign was hard at work courting super delegates to back her. 

Transcript below:

MSNBC
Morning Joe
March 7, 2016
7:12:28 – 7:13:27 AM Eastern

NICOLLE WALLACE: I think this is the idea of a legitimate—There are legitimate anti-Trump movements, they are the candidacies of his opponents. And then there are illegitimate anti-Trump movements. I think to the degree the party bosses look like they’re are on the scale, those are completely illegitimate anti-Trump efforts. 

People keep talking about this “Stop Trump” movement. There were 17 at one point. They were his Republican opponents. And there are still four in the candidacies of Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz. But I think this—I totally agree with you. And I think that the message about stopping Trump had come from one of his opponents who are still running legitimate anti-trump movements, in that they opposing him, it would have had a much greater impact, than it looking like it came down from on high.

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HAROLD FORD JR.: You think he’s unstoppable right now? Unstoppable in the sense that he just—

WALLACE: Well, I don’t—I don’t—I think that he’s unstoppable in terms of the will of the voters. I think at the end will show the majority of voters want him. And I’m very nervous about any effort at a convention or anywhere else to overturn the will of the voters.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: That’s undermining--

WALLACE: Peggy Noonan wrote “you can get a new establishment. You can’t get a new base to your Party.” They get nothing out of this. 

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