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Jun 25 4 tweets 1 min read
Ridiculous. Infuriating. Inexplicable.

What does Biden ‘agree’ with doing? What does the leader of this country want to do to stop the increasingly fascistic assault on our democratic institutions and basic rights? I’ll say this everyday if need be but you can blame the awful Manchinema as much as you like for Dem inaction but the reality is that much of the leadership of the Democratic Party, from the White House to Congress, is not cut out for this radical political moment we are in.
Jun 23 4 tweets 1 min read
As you watch the Supreme Court today undermine some rights (Miranda!) while expanding others (guns!), don’t forget that it doesn’t have to be this way. Dems control the White House & both branches of Congress for a few months more & could un-pack/re-balance this GOP-packed court. All the folks shouting ‘Manchin & Sinema’ in the replies, 1) I am well aware of their obstructionism & have devoted multiple shows to them over past 18 months, but 2) how come Biden, Schumer, & Pelosi oppose court expansion? Why can’t they come out for it & make it party policy??
Apr 25 4 tweets 2 min read
“To smear ordinary gay Americans working in our schools as secret ‘groomers’ or as pedophiles is sick, is inexcusable, is outrageous."

I spoke from the heart on @MSNBC re GOP tropes & reminded viewers of our dark past & how I evolved on this issue too:
"Even decades later... helping perpetuate that [anti-gay] nonsense is without a doubt still one of the things I regret most. I don't want to go back to that awful time."

My commentary on the GOP trying to turn back the clock, and my own past/evolution:
Apr 22 4 tweets 2 min read
Me: "Isn’t that hypocritical, that [Israel] has nuclear weapons that you don’t allow the IAEA to check?"
Ehud Olmert: "I'm not under investigation here and I'm not under police inquiry."

My exchange with ex-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert on nukes:
Olmert to me: "You are very nervous, don’t be so nervous."

Me to Olmert: "I'm not the one not answering a question about [Israel's] nuclear weapons."

Watch our exchange on Israel's secret nukes stockpile, that they refuse to acknowledge or open to IAEA:
Apr 12 4 tweets 2 min read
Literally from the link you cite:

“1-in-3 adults under 30 owe 34% of all student loan debt, totaling $578 billion. 34% of adults aged 18 to 29 years have student loan debt, making them more than twice as likely as adults in any other age group to have student debt.”
🤷🏽‍♂️ Also:
Apr 11 4 tweets 3 min read
Do Republicans really want to try and turn pedophilia into a wedge issue? A partisan attack? Have they looked at some of the people within their own party & what they're accused of?

I have & I named and shamed on the @MehdiHasanShow tonight - watch/share:
Republicans are now obsessing over pedophilia, despite the allegations against their own Matt Gaetz and Roy Moore, and the convictions of Dennis Hastert and Ruben Verastigui.

I brought receipts on @MNSBC tonight.

So please do watch/share:
Mar 30 4 tweets 2 min read
This statement from the Speaker is beyond parody. Then again, it’s the same Speaker who spent nearly four years saying it wasn’t ‘worth it’ to impeach Trump. Lots of folks saying they think this is sarcasm. 1) is it? 2) if it is, maybe she should clarify and tell us what her actual plan to deal with Thomas is. This is serious stuff. And Dems don’t have a good record of holding the right to account, sadly.
Mar 25 5 tweets 2 min read
The New York Times does some of the best journalism in this country. And it also gets played by the right again and again and publishes credulous nonsense like this: She’s an anti-masker who goes on Ingraham and Carlson and wonders why that might antagonize some of her fellow employees in the middle of a once-in-century pandemic.
Mar 3 4 tweets 1 min read
So he’s hiding his war crimes and aerial attacks on civilians behind a defense of ‘human shields’? Hmm, where have I heard that defense used before? 🤔 mg.co.za/article/2001-1…
Feb 10 4 tweets 2 min read
If you're tired of people saying they're 'done with Covid', that they want to 'move on' from the pandemic, get 'back to normal'... even as 3,000 people die on a daily basis & while ignoring Long Covid, this angry monologue from me tonight... is for you:
"Sorry, if you think 2 to 3 thousand of your fellow Americans dying every day is 'normal' that's seriously messed up. It's horrific, in fact."

From my @MehdiHasanShow monologue tonight - watch/share:
Feb 9 4 tweets 2 min read
The claim that as long as you don't die or get hospitalized from Covid then you're fine, it's just a flu, 'mild', etc, is one of the most pervasive, frustrating, & flat-false claims of this pandemic.

As if Long Covid isn't a real thing & a real threat:
sltrib.com/news/2022/02/0… Btw, Long Covid doesn't just hurt individuals, it hurts the economy which Covid minimizers claim to be so focused on:
ft.com/content/33444f…
Jan 18 4 tweets 3 min read
"Mehdi Hasan Arrives on Cable News"
@Slate's @aymanndotcom did an interview with me.

Enjoy 😉
slate.com/news-and-polit… "Bill O’Reilly lecturing anyone on fracturing the country is like asking the arsonist outside the house fire, 'Hey, how upset has this fire made you?' O’Reilly and Fox are at the heart of fracturing and polarizing and dividing this country."

Me to @slate:
slate.com/news-and-polit…
Dec 5, 2021 4 tweets 5 min read
I'll be back in the seat tonight, hosting the @MehdiHasanShow on @MSNBC live from 8pm ET.

Join me! Much to discuss and debate. On the @MehdiHasanShow on @MSNBC tonight, I'll be joined by @PeterASinger, Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

What's the latest on the #OmicronVariant?

Live from 8pm ET on @MSNBC. Join us.
Dec 3, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
So Sinema finally did a sitdown interview. With CNN.

No questions about the filibuster or voting rights.
None on her U-turns on drug pricing & the minimum wage.
Nothing asked about her corporate donors.

Mostly softballs. No follow-ups. Painful to watch.
Wish it'd been @PamelaBrownCNN or @jaketapper.

At this point, if Sinema is agreeing to a (rare!) interview, she needs to be grilled and challenged, and the interviewer needs to bring receipts.

Sinema's BS needs to be confronted in real time.
Nov 25, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
This is disgusting. How is this ok? How is this not worthy of censure? Of being stripped of committee assignments? I don’t expect anything from the GOP anymore but, hey, Dems? Anyone going to do anything about this racism and anti-Muslim bigotry? Do Muslim Americans not matter? Like so many Muslim Americans, I am tired of the relentless demonization and bigotry. The ‘jokes’ about us being terrorists and ‘backpacks.’ The collective blaming and bullying.

Most of all I’m tired of liberals who claim to care about racism turning a blind eye to Islamophobia.
Nov 18, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Bravo @thevirdas.

You must, must, watch his powerful, eloquent, thought-provoking, brutally honest, and above all else, very, very funny monologue at the Kennedy Center on the 'Two Indias.'

"You make some noise for the India you want to live in."
And of course politicians in India, especially but not exclusively on the right, immediately made his point for him (and reminded us how free speech is under threat in the world's biggest democracy):
theguardian.com/world/2021/nov…
Nov 7, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Sorry, what? I’m pretty sure I was sounding the alarm on Trump & democracy long before you were, Congressman, back when you were refusing to impeachment him first time round.

Also, unlike you, I support the Freedom to Vote and John Lewis voting rights bills. How come you don’t? *impeach not impeachment dammit #typo
Nov 4, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Fact-check: false! Almost every BBB policy that Manchin has blocked has huge support from the public at large - including majority support from his beloved Republicans!
Nov 4, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
My @MehdiHasanShow monologue tonight reacting to last night's election, & addressing:

- 'moderates' ridiculously blaming 'progressives' for the Virginia loss
- how Republicans on emotions while Dems run on policy
- how rightwing propaganda is central
"You can't beat [GOP racist dogwhistling] by offering people a new bridge."

My opening monologue today on why running on policy - even progressive popular policies! - isn't enough for Democrats & how they have to fight the culture wars & win them.

Watch:
Oct 27, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
The excellent @esglaude debating @JohnHMcWhorter on 'wokeness' and anti-racism and McWhorter's new book on @Morning_Joe right now on @MSNBC

Worth your time. "The same thing is going on on the left" in terms of illiberalism and "closed minds," says McWhorter.

This is demonstrably false. There is no leftwing equivalent of 1/6, Great Replacement, QAnon, at the top levels of the Democratic Party and the liberal media.
Oct 8, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Joe Manchin, whose uncle was WV Sec of State, who joined his family business out of college, whose son took over his family firm, who carries on getting coal money payouts, is giving right-wing lectures on "entitlement mentality"? Seriously?

My #minirant:
"When, as governor of WV, Joe Manchin was pushing for a multibillion-dollar bailout of the big banks, banks like Goldman Sachs, whose employees would go on to become some of Manchin's biggest donors, that wasn't 'entitlement mentality'?"

My #minirant: