MSNBC’s Brian Williams hosted Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville & fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele to respond to President Trump’s Oval Office address on Monday.
In addition to their reaction to the president’s address, the political figures were asked about the congressional Democratic leaders’ response to Trump’s speech.
Carville told audiences that he believed it was just a problem with the optics of their response was a simple problem of someone who didn’t want to be where there.
“He didn’t want to be there,” Carville said.
Williams asked Carville why he felt that the Democrats’ response promoted so much unfavorable backlash and outright mockery.
“Tell me why responses are so bad,” he said. “Tonight, this Chuck and Nancy visual tonight launched 1,000 memes while they were still talking. There was an ‘American Gothic’ meme. There was ‘your mother and I are very upset you stayed out so late’ meme.”
According to Carville, in all probability, the lack of excitement or interest on the part of the Democratic leaders was probably what prompted the negative response from the audience.
“I’ve been more excited about colonoscopies than he was giving the speech tonight. He didn’t want to be there.”
However, Carville noted that it was likely that it wouldn’t have mattered what the Democrats said following Trump’s speech, the response would probably never have been a very good one.
“I just don’t think — the only good thing about it, it didn’t matter,” he said. “They could have given The Gettysburg Address and it wouldn’t matter.”
Steele weighed in admonishing his counterparts by saying, “Dems, don’t do that again. You know you don’t — I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish here. Certainly, the message was lost in the visual, but Jim is right, I mean, didn’t really matter in the end because nobody wanted to be doing what they were doing tonight.”