MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night called Wednesday an historic day because Trump’s “Fifth Avenue moment” took place, and none of his supporters seemed to care.
The “Fifth Avenue moment,” as you’ll recall, was described by Trump during the campaign, when he said he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
And he did that, O’Donnell argues, with this tweet:
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
Said O’Donnell: “Today was that day. Today the president appeared to commit a crime in public, and for the last two and a half years since Donald Trump said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it, he has been preparing his voters for this day. And he has been preparing the Republican Party for this day and he has been preparing the American news media for this day. And the president’s plan appears to have worked. He has successfully brainwashed his voters to the point where they just don’t accept what he did today, they cheer for it.”
O’Donnell pointed out that the Republican Party has completely surrendered to Trump, revealing how Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others reacted: “We have never seen anything like this in American politics. And today is the day that the president needed them to all be brainwashed. SenatorTed Cruz said absolutely nothing today, not one word, when Donald Trump had his Fifth Avenue moment, when Donald Trump publicly obstructed justice today, which he did in more than one way. Not one word from Ted Cruz about that today…The Trump brainwashing is working. When Donald Trump says something outrageous and criminal that he has never said before and it feels like, sounds like he has said it before, it’s the brainwashing that makes it feel that way. The year and a half of beating down any and all Republican resistance to the point where every new crazy illegal thing that the president does feels familiar, feels like a place we have already been. We are in a new place tonight.”