These people just won’t let up. Late Friday afternoon, MSNBC couldn’t help but knock the slow pace of the Inauguration Day parade and the Trump family as the new but inexperienced Romanov family that ruled Russia for centuries.
Just after 5:00 p.m. Eastern, co-host Brian Williams took note of the diminishing sunlight and its effect on the parade: “[L]ook at that — the ambient light. We are losing daylight fast. I believe I read sundown was at 5:16 local time tonight. So again, so many of the acts in this long parade, which is still unspooling, are going to be without daylight as they come down.”
The cable network had alluded to it throughout the afternoon, but there was no official reason given until Williams revealed that Inauguration organizer Tom Barrack blamed the delay and “many empty bleachers” and “lunch [running] late and then they could not get bussed down in time.”
Seconds later, co-host Rachel Maddow blurted out: “This is — they're screwing this up, man.”
When the First Family walked from the White House to the parade viewing stand, Matthews seized the spotlight by comparing the Trumps to the royal family who ran Russia from the 1600s until their execution at the onset of the Bolshevik Revolution:
MATTHEWS: Why do I think of the Romanovs? There’s an aspect here. [ROBINSON LAUGHS] I mean, this extended family, they're all attractive, of course, and just we're getting to know all of them so quickly —
MADDOW: Well, it's a big family And it spans a lot of years.
MATTHEWS: — and the power’s being distributed among the family.
MADDOW: — children from three different marriages. So he’s a ten-year-old. He’s got also sons who are, you know, in their early 40s.
MATTHEWS: He’s investing his family with authority. [GROANS] I mean, who's going to argue with Jared in the government? Who's going to take that position?
MADDOW: Well and who's going to challenge the potential violation of the nepotism law? Right, I mean, the nepotism law says —
MATTHEWS: It's pretty clear.
MADDOW: — a president, among other officials, cannot hire a relative, including a son-in-law.
I happened to be channel surfing when I heard Rachel Maddow show a shot early on of empty bleachers to the right of the enclosed viewing stand. Later the stands were FULL. I wonder if she corrected the record and apologized? And screw Matthews what an ass.