Though MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has been an admitted and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama’s policies in the past, a recent disagreement between the two leftists regarding a proposed trade deal caused The Ed Show’s host to erupt in an on-air tirade against the president.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that would increase trade with 11 nations, is supported by Obama but opposed by many in his own party – Schultz included. The incident that prompted Thursday’s rant, however, was a direct jab against MSNBC included in an Obama speech on the subject.
“I wanna talk about some stuff that, uh, creates some controversy, because it’s important,” Obama said, “and one of those policies right now that I’m focused on is new trade agreements with other countries.”
He went on to explain that he wants to “set the record straight,” going on to excoriate the cable news network for its criticism of the TPP.
After playing a clip of Obama’s remarks, Schultz – along with his guest, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – responded harshly to the criticism.
“If you can prove to the American people that there will not be a depression of wages,” he said, “if you can prove to the American people that this will create jobs, if you want to go face-to-face with me, President Obama, I’m ready to go because I have the facts, OK?”
Sanders chimed in that, to the best of his knowledge, media outlets CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC “have not discussed the largest trade agreement in the history of the United States of America,” adding that Americans “might want to ask why that is the case.”
In concluding his philippic, Schultz acknowledged that he has been an active supporter of Obama’s platform. Despite that loyalty, though, he noted that Obama has yet to sit down for an interview with him.
“I supported you big time,” Schultz said. “I was the first liberal talker to support you. I’ve carried your water big time when it comes to healthcare, I’ve carried your water on the economy and defending your move on the automobile industry. But, Mr. President, you can take shots at this network; but I guarantee you, you are wrong on this and you cannot prove to the American people … and Mr. President, your recovery of the economy, the automobile industry and healthcare will not be your legacy.”
h/t: The Blaze