MSNBC Panel Mocks Democratic Party Response to Trump’s Joint Address


MSNBC's Steve Schmidt and Rachel Maddow both mocked the Democratic Party's response to President Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.

Party leaders chose former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who left office in 2015, to deliver the Democratic response.

"The Democratic Party is at its lowest point of power in this country since the 1920s, and the response was made by a 72-year-old retired two-term governor of Kentucky, not by Kamala Harris, not by Kirsten Gillibrand, not by the Castro brothers, not by anyone who has a future in the actual Democratic Party," said Schmidt, an MSNBC political analyst.

"Just amazing ineptitude for a party out of power like the Democrats are," he continued. "On the personal note, I do wish the hostages behind him well."

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that the response was one of the worst that she has seen but did mention that one of the best responses given was by then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R.).

"Whenever you try to do something stunted and small, think it ends up looking stunted and small," Maddow said.

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Alyssa Canobbio is the War Room Director for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she worked as a Communications Associate for Americans for Tax Reform. Alyssa is originally from New Jersey and lives in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time she enjoys sailing, craft beer, and watching the Steelers and the Phillies. Her Twitter handle is @AlyssaEinDC. She can be reached at

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