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'Morning Joe': Politician 'Stealing Christmas' Is 'An Act of Love'



It’s hard to locate anyone as bitter and cold as the co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, but on Friday, they found politician in Canada who hates presents, singing, and laughter almost as much as they do.

On Thursday, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister delivered an emotional address to his constituents, including the following excerpt played on Morning Joe:

I will do what I believe is right, and right now we need to save lives. If you don’t think that COVID’s real right now, you’re an idiot. You need to understand that we’re all in this together. You cannot fail to understand this. Stay apart. So I’m the guy who has to tell you to stay apart at Christmas and in the holiday season you celebrate. With your faith or without your faith. That you celebrate with [sic] normally with friends and with family, that where you share memories and build memories. I’m that guy. And I’ll say that… because it will keep you safe. I’m the guy who’s stealing Christmas to keep you safe, because you need to do this now. You need to do the right thing, because next year we’ll have lots to celebrate, and we’ll celebrate this year if we do the right thing this year. You don’t need to like me. I hope in years to come you might respect me for having the guts to tell you the right thing. And here’s the right thing: Stay safe. Protect each other. Love each other. Care for each other. You got so many ways to show that. But don’t get together this Christmas. 

The co-hosts immediately began gushing over the speech:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Willie, it was—

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Wow.

SCARBOROUGH:—it was a beautiful talk, uh—

WILLIE GEIST: Yeah.

SCARBOROUGH:—to his constituents.

Scarborough, worried that even his own fans wouldn’t want to have their Christmases stolen, assured everyone: “[T]he only correction I’d make is, he’s not stealing Christmas.” However, aside from that one change, the three co-hosts did nothing but praise the premier’s “beautiful speech.” Scarborough rationalized every word of the sanctimonious lecture, and even hailed it as “an act of love.”

Co-host Willie Geist small-heartedly agreed, adding: “That was beautifully said. Um, it’s refreshing. We haven’t had that kind of leadership from the top in our country. We’ve had it at the state level from some governors,” apparently unaware that Premier Brian Pallister is merely the leader of a province, roughly equivalent to a state governor.

Geist concluded the segment by saying that doctors who are telling everyone to stay home and wear masks are trying to restore our freedom, and that “the path to return to normalcy and freedom is to suck it up here for a couple of months, and do the things that doctors are asking us to do.”

That should be easy enough—for the stably employed, overpaid MSNBC stars who do nothing all day but virtue signal from the top of Mount Crumpit.

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Find the transcript below:

Morning Joe
12/04/20
7:10:53 AM

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: So, I have spoken pretty passionately this morning about how Donald Trump did not provide the leadership we needed during the pandemic. Let’s compare how Trump’s performed with this Manitoba, Canada, Premier Brian Pallister, who delivered an emotional speech to his constituents yesterday, pleading with them to stay home and be safe over the holidays. 

BRIAN PALLISTER [PREMIER OF MANITOBA]: I will do what I believe is right, and right now we need to save lives. If you don’t think that COVID’s real right now, you’re an idiot. You need to understand that we’re all in this together. You cannot fail to understand this. Stay apart. So I’m the guy who has to tell you to stay apart at Christmas and in the holiday season you celebrate. With your faith or without your faith. That you celebrate with [sic] normally with friends and with family, that where you share memories and build memories. I’m that guy. And I’ll say that… because it will keep you safe. I’m the guy who’s stealing Christmas to keep you safe, because you need to do this now. You need to do the right thing, because next year we’ll have lots to celebrate, and we’ll celebrate this year if we do the right thing this year. You don’t need to like me. I hope in years to come you might respect me for having the guts to tell you the right thing. And here’s the right thing: Stay safe. Protect each other. Love each other. Care for each other. You got so many ways to show that. But don’t get together this Christmas. 

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Willie, it was—

BRZEZINSKI: Wow.

SCARBOROUGH:—it was a beautiful talk, uh—

WILLIE GEIST: Yeah.

SCARBOROUGH:—to his constituents. It was a beautiful speech, the—only thing that I would say is, the only correction I’d make is, he’s not stealing Christmas, uh, he’s certainly keeping people apart this Christmas if they’d listen to him, uh, but he’s guaranteeing a healthier, a better new year, and he’s guaranteeing many Christmases to come for most of his constituents. It is an act of—of responsibility, and—and yes, I will say, uh, it is—it is an act of love. 

GEIST: It is an act of love, and it’s an act of leadership, which is to say something that may be unpopular to some of the people you’re talking to, but you know will help in the long term, and will maybe even save them and their family members. That was beautifully said. Um, it’s refreshing. We haven’t had that kind of leadership from the top in our country. We’ve had it at the state level from some governors, but that was, uh, that was very well said, and—and the fact of the matter is, we have people in this country, tens of millions of them, who have been fed a story that this isn’t real, that this isn’t as bad as it—it appears to be, that doctors who are asking us to stay home and wear masks are trying to somehow steal our freedom when exactly the opposite is true. They’re trying to keep us safe, and to restore our freedom. Right now we don’t feel free. We feel like we’re trapped at home. We feel like our kids can’t go to school. We feel like we’re losing jobs. We feel like family members and friends are getting sick and dying, and the path to return to normalcy and freedom is to suck it up here for a couple of months, and do the things that doctors are asking us to do. And I think that was just very well said by Mr. Pallister there in—in Canada. 

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. A—

BRZEZINSKI: Absolutely.



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