MSNBC Analyst Excuses McConnell Harassers Because He Got 'Away With Murder' on Garland Nomination

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Former Obama administration official Philippe Reines doesn't seem to care that Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell are being accosted whenever they go out in public.

Sen. McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, were recently harassed while eating dinner in a diner. A protester shouted at the couple and reportedly threw their leftovers out the door of the restaurant.

The former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton first mocked McConnell's wife for protecting her husband from protesters in the past and then alluded that the senator may have earned the harassment for how he handled the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.


Here is Obama's former deputy secretary of state, Philippe Reines, excusing, and perhaps even promoting, attacking Mitch McConnell while he eats with his wife in a restaurant. McConnell "got away with murder" on Merrick Garland, so "this is fine." pic.twitter.com/6A70d9hIqR

- Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 21, 2018

"I think he's sitting [at the diner] and thinking a couple of things. First of all, I have Capitol Police that are 10 feet away. Two, he's thinking I got my wife Elaine who's better than the Capitol Police. Three, he's thinking Merrick Garland, you know, versus my leftovers. He's getting away with murder. He thinks if this is the worst he gets, this is fine."

Reines claimed that the regular harassment of political figures is a "made up problem," while also claiming that people are using public harassment against Republicans because "it's all that's left."

Reines continued by mocking Sarah Sanders, Kirstjen Nielsen, and Stephen Miller for being harassed in public and excusing the behavior of the protesters because Republicans "have become the party of white nationalists."

"What are they doing? They're denying Sarah Sanders her supper, her Cornish hen. They're serenading Kirstjen Nielsen in a Mexican restaurant. They're heckling Stephen Miller just for being Stephen Miller. I mean, let's not go crazy here. Watch the Pelosi stuff. When I watch this, the real thing to me is the Proud Boys, who I've never heard of, these white nationalists [...] You have a Republican Party who's giving them aid and comfort to the Proud Boys and to white nationalists. They've become the party of white nationalist and all their hatred. That's the bigger deal to me than someone not getting their supper."

Some conservatives were outraged with Reines' comments. Others couldn't help but mock his extreme word choice surrounding Garland.

Keep your head on a swivel around Liberals. Here's a Clinton boot-licker justifying the liberal mob tactics while claiming there's no alternative. He's apparently unaware that the "alternative" is actually winning elections. https://t.co/uvLpneGYX7

- Dan Bongino (@dbongino) October 21, 2018

RIP Merrick. He's amongst the angels now. https://t.co/x4I7pwn7EJ

- Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 21, 2018

As harassment occurs on both sides, it has become an important issue in the 2018 midterm elections. President Donald Trump has even begun to use the slogan " Jobs Not Mobs" as part of his get-out-the-vote message.