Republican strategist Rick Wilson went on an expletive laden rant about the lack of courage in the GOP establishment in standing up to U.S. President Donald Trump, which forced MSNBC to mute him for a few seconds.
The segment got off to a heated start when MSNBC co-host John Heilemann asked Wilson about how Trump can continued to boast about his high approval ratings and Wilson responded, “Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.”
“They love the fact that Donald Trump finally gives them this sort of id of the Republican Party,” Wilson said. “They’re finally given permission to say the ugly things they kind of wanted in their secret hearts for a long time, and the monster got out of its cage in terms of a lot of the populist messaging that worked to motivate Republican primary voters for a long time.”
“There’s just a huge courage deficit in this country,” Wilson went on to say, seeking to back his claim before his audio was abruptly muted on the program.
After the audio returned, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, “Are you saying that on TV?"
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“I wasn’t trying to,” Wilson said in jest. “These guys call us and they express this unbelievable, this disgust with Trump. They’re not all bought into this."
Wilson later took to Twitter shortly after the broadcast to share what he said that had been censored by MSNBC.
“I said ‘Washington is full of profiles in chickenshit. You and I both get calls from members of Congress who say I can't stand this asshole,’” Wilson clarified in a tweet.