Today, MSNBC announced it had hired Lisa Page as a legal analyst. Here’s the on-air announcement from MSNBC’s PR feed:
— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) June 5, 2020
Page tweeted the clip saying she’s stated “something new.”
I started something new today! 😳 https://t.co/ZfzGK5FhST
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) June 5, 2020
Given the contents of Page’s texts and emails with Peter Strzok, MSNBC is obviously a perfect fit for her. CNN might have worked as well but with the hiring of Andrew McCabe they had already achieved their quota of disgraced former officials. GOP spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington is already mocking this.
“POTUS [Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.” – @NatSecLisa
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) June 5, 2020
The full clip of her first appearance isn’t on YouTube yet but you can watch at least a portion of it here. In this segment she was asked how she feels about Republicans failing to stand up to Trump and replied, “We hear over and over again about how, in quiet whispers, how appalled they are by this administration’s behavior. Now is the time. I am hopeful that courage begets courage.”
That’s typical MSNBC content but there’s nothing there that really requires legal or national security expertise. She’s being asked to call Republican Senators cowards on TV and she’s doing so. You can’t swing a dead cat on Twitter without hitting 100 randos who could do this. The real reason MSNBC wants her is that she’s such an outstanding commentator, it’s that she’s such an outspoken partisan. Here’s a recent sample from her Twitter feed:
Yesterday, our monstrous, despicable president assaulted Americans engaged in peaceful protest for a photo op. He could be reelected.
I wrote a few mean texts four years ago and have been rained down with insults and attacks ever since. But I’m the fucking coup plotter.
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) June 2, 2020
She appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show last December. I wonder how long after that the discussions about hiring her began.
Going on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight. It’s time to talk about the release of my text messages, the two years of lies shouted across the media about me, and what it’s like when the President of the United States tries to ruin your life.
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 17, 2019
The appearance on Maddow came a few weeks after a profile by Molly Jong-Fast at the Daily Beast in which she vowed not to be silent anymore.
I’m done being quiet.https://t.co/9YSvhsgAyb
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 2, 2019
So now she has a platform to hit back at Trump and that’s what makes her valuable to MSNBC. Speaking of which, it’s pretty much guaranteed that Trump will tweet something about this, right? Nothing from the president so far but Don Jr. has tweeted about it.
I mean you really can’t make this shit up. They don’t pretend to be anything but propoganda anymore. https://t.co/4Q8wUniuhh
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 5, 2020