On the New Year’s Day edition of MSNBC Live with Katy Tur, during a discussion of the government shutdown and debate over buildling a border wall, NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett suggested that a wall would be a “monument” to “Donald Trump’s bigotry” as he quoted a “great piece” by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, a Trump foe who was chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
Nearing the end of the segment at 2:12 p.m. Eastern, host Tur turned to Bennett with a smug question: “Geoff, wrap it up for us. The President is in the White House, he’s tweeting — not sure if he’s working, but he’s tweeting. When do his advisers come back? And does that really matter, frankly?”
Bennett, who came to NBC last year from NPR, suggested that President Donald Trump is just playing politics with the border wall proposal as he began his response:
GEOFF BENNETT: On this issue, not really, because, as we’ve talked about before, this is all about the fight. You could make the argument, as we have, that this border wall is really about Donald Trump needing to have the optics — needing to have the appearance of putting up a fight about something that his base cares about.