MSNBC Asks Biden What Day 1 of Presidency Will Be Like, Pardon Trump?

Nicholas Fondacaro | May 15, 2020
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In an effort to aide presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, as he struggled to get the public to notice him during the coronavirus crisis, MSNBC’s The Last Word hosted an hour-long interview/town hall special featuring the former Vice President and Stacey Abrams, who many hoped will be his running mate. Among the softball questions, slow-pitched to Biden was whether or not he would commit to not pardon President Trump of his crimes, and to describe how he would face the crisis on day one.

Host Lawrence O’Donnell set the tone for the gooey hour right from the get-go, declaring the issues of the election were a matter of “life and death!”

“If Joe Biden is sworn in as the next president on January 20th, your life, and your children’s lives, and your parents' lives, and your grandparents' lives are going to depend on the work that Joe Biden starts doing that afternoon in the Oval Office, in the Cabinet Room, in the Situation Room,” he proclaimed.

And that was the first question O’Donnell posed to Biden:

So, your inauguration will be quick. It will not have a parade if the conditions are the same as today. It will probably take place indoors, maybe in the rotunda of the Capitol. You'll be able to get right back to the Oval Office by 1:00 P.M. You walk back into the West Wing of the White House. Secretary of Labor is waiting with those frightening unemployment statistics, secretary of Health and Human Services is there, Dr. Fauci will probably still be there or will have been rehired by you if he's been fired.

Where do you start? Who do you talk to first? What's the decision sequence?

As a side note, O’Donnell’s delivery of the question lasted over a minute (1:08), that’s only a portion of it.

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