Rachel Maddow kicked it up a notch with a brutal assessment of the Trump presidency on MSNBC last night, calling him “unequivocally the worst president in American history” and asking the departing 45th president if the last four years were worth it.
“You will go down in history as unequivocally and inarguably the worst president in American history, with what may be literally the rap sheet to prove it,“ Maddow said. “That’s what you did.”
Maddow was in a feisty mood, and went straight at the soon-to-be former president, asking would have run if he knew the disaster his administration would bring to the nation.
Maddow ticked off the convictions of top campaign staffers and advisors like Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, noted ongoing criminal investigations of Trump’s business and tax dealings in New York and elsewhere, and noted that “the two last banks on earth that would still do business with him” pledged to stop doing business with Trump going forward.
Not content listing off his past crimes, Maddow then moved on to his current and future legal problems, asking if he would take the unprecedented of step of pardoning himself to deal with the “conundrum of how he’s going to keep himself out of prison” — it seems he has not done that. She made sure to point out the looming second impeachment trial that threatens to make him the first president ever convicted by the Senate and banned from office for life.
She also had some choice words for his manner of departure, saying he was “slinking out before the inauguration of the man who soundly beat him.” Trump lost the popular vote twice, once to Hillary Clinton and then to Biden.
It’s not the first time Trump has been taken to task for his actions as president by Maddow and others. Late last year she called him laughable, small, pitiful and irrelevant after he attempted to reject the election process, to little success. More recently, Don Lemon of CNN called out Trump as well, saying he was “the leader not of the greatest nation on earth, but of a mob insurrection to destroy the Capitol and our democracy."
Maddow shared those same sentiments last night, and concluded the segment with a simple question Trump.
“Wish you could take it back?” Maddow asked. “We do.”