MSNBC is no stranger to looking down on conservatives but a contributor blasted the Founding Fathers, President Trump and his supporters, liberals who oppose high taxes, and freedom itself – all in one breath.
“There is a primordial American tradition going back to the Founders of being freedom-obsessed, even though we're a country founded on slavery and genocide,” Anand Gridharadas claimed on the “Morning Joe” program.
“Being freedom-obsessed,” he continued, “to the point that we are always so afraid of the government coming for us that we are blind to other types of threats.”
Putting the quote in context, The Washington Examiner reported the guest was discussing how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the relationship between government and U.S. citizens.
The “threats” at risk of being viewed differently now, Giridharadas continued, include the next virus pandemic and how Americans view climate change.
“That's the party line for the Left, is that we are obsessed with freedom,” remarks Media Research Center spokesman Dan Gainor.
Giridharadas went on to trace anti-government views to the Ronald Reagan-era, which he called a “militant” view, but even the Left wasn’t spared because Giridharadas said they are at fault, too, if they pursue private jobs instead of government jobs or complain about high taxes.
But the MSNBC contributor saved his best worst statement for Trump and his supporters.
“Then there's the more recent Trump-era twist in this, which is the war on government becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he claimed. “You put someone who can barely read a sentence in government – in the figure of Donald Trump – and it becomes true that government sucks, because you've made it suck by telling everybody it sucks.”
The best outcome from the pandemic, he went on to suggest, is for Americans to trust their government even though, he admits, government itself can be a threat to liberty, too.
“What government fundamentally does is protect us,” he concluded, “from a lot of those other oppressions that we in America are often quite blind to.”