If it’s Sunday, you can count on Chuck Todd and “Meet the Press” trending for all of the wrong reasons. The respected news show once hosted by the inimitable Tim Russert is now a platform for Todd’s weak attempts to Republicanize MSNBC’s Sunday morning lineup. As a result, it’s become a weekly Twitter tradition to drag Todd, who usually welcomes current or former Trump sycophants as well as other dubious characters from the not-so-Grand Old Party.
This week, Todd traded barbs with former Speaker of the House John Boehner, who’s been making the TV rounds to plug his brand-new book, “On the House: A Washington Memoir,” which probably will enjoy the same sort of sales as the other members of the GOP who’ve managed to get book deals despite their dubious public voting records. Boehner may have scored some Twitter points when outtakes from his audiobook recording sessions were leaked, revealing a tipsy Boehner ranting about his hated former colleague Ted Cruz, but he’s not exactly beloved by the masses.
Boehner spoke candidly about the difficulties he faced within his own party after Trump was inaugurated and they slowly began to not only support him, but also emulate his behaviors and speech patterns. “I don’t think I could have done more” on “knucklehead caucus”, Boehner told Todd at one point.
Chuck Todd helps Boehner spread the lie that it was a group of “knuckleheads” who took the GOP in a bad direction and not he as House speaker who embraced the racism of the tea party and stopped any chance of gun control because he doesn’t care who lives or dies https://t.co/zDlDnBGBXi
— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@MattNegrin) April 18, 2021
Twitter’s response to the interview hit Boehner as equally as Todd.
The crazies may have taken over and burned down the Republican Party. But John Boehner poured the gasoline and handed them the match.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) April 18, 2021
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) April 18, 2021
If it's Sunday, it's Chuck Todd doing something douchey.
— liberalgoddess Douglass deserves Statehood Ουράνια (@liberalgoddess) April 18, 2021
Todd also took time to criticize the President and the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, because if he can push a talking point from the right that scares the left, he will.
Vaccine halt leaves door open for vaccine skeptics
After months of good news on vaccines, this J&J pause is the Biden administration’s first real speed bump and how it handles it will go a long way towards determining trust in the new presidency.https://t.co/Whp4RPQ7ou pic.twitter.com/XWGZyugfQL
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 18, 2021
Watch Chuck Todd and John Boehner phone it in, below.