MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace: ‘Important’ That Dems Take Back Congress

Joseph Wulfsohn Contributor
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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said Thursday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” that it is “really important” that Democrats win either the House or the Senate, or both.

“You have referred to yourself as a non-practicing Republican right now because the Republican Party has drifted away from what I believe were the values I think drew you to it,” Seth Meyers said to Wallace. “And these were the ‘isms,’ such as ‘nationalism.’ Is this something that you saw coming at any point? I mean, is this something that happened with Donald Trump or is it something that was trending this way and he took advantage of?”

Wallace responded by saying this was the people she worked for “tried to push against,” citing former Republican Alaska governor Sarah Palin as someone who started the “grievance” movement within the GOP.

“I saw that her crowds were bigger and louder and more animated by her speaking to their grievances, speaking to their nativism, speaking to their feeling of being angry about immigration and other issues,” Wallace explained. “But John McCain didn’t embrace any of those, and that’s probably why ultimately the two of them ended up not on the same page.”

Meyers then asked if she thinks they’ll ever be a time where she will “practice Republicanism” again, which she laughed and said, “no.”

“I think that the time when Republicans and Democrats went on TV and fought about taxes is dead. I don’t think that’ll happen again, and I think more often than not, people that have seen American presidents up-close and know what the conduct is supposed to be like will ultimately decide that a check on this administration is urgent,” Wallace said.

“I think it’s really important that Democrats take over the House and/or the Senate,” she said. “I think that any White House is improved by having a check and a balance, this White House more than any other.”