MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace is facing major criticism from conservatives after she wondered if the women in President Donald Trump’s family are “dead inside” or “paid off” to be silent amid the ongoing Stormy Daniels scandal.
“What do they do on a day like today?” she asked on her show. “Are they just the most stoic human beings, are they numb, are they dead inside, are they paid off? I mean, what’s their deal?”
Within hours, Wallace was met with backlash from many on the right:
Political Commentator Britt McHenry
“This is yet another example,” McHenry told Fox News. “Ivanka and Melania can’t win with the media. If they show too much emotion, they’re ‘not taking the White House serious enough.’ If they don’t show much emotion, apparently now they’re stoic and cold.
“Perhaps, someone doesn’t like the Trump family,” she also said. “But it’s becoming easy for people to pick sides that the media has drawn when outlets like that continue to be unnecessarily salacious and cruel.”
Independent Women’s Forum Senior Editor Charlotte Hays
“Does Ivanka Trump, who had a successful business career before joining her father’s administration, strike you as ‘dead inside?’” she asked before adding:
“And what about Melania Trump, who valiantly rises above it all, even when the media pursues her with baseless tales of domestic abuse, because she had had the nerve to withdraw from the public eye long enough to recuperate from kidney surgery? Is there any evidence that our gracious first lady is ‘dead inside?’”
Fox News’ Sean Hannity
In a fiery response on his show, Hannity accused Wallace of “trashing” the women in Trump’s life and called her comments “disgusting” and “deranged.”
“’Dead inside?’ Andy Lack, are you proud of this?” he asked before reminding the NBC executive that Wallace made those comments on his own network.
“This is your network. Really? Is that news to you?” Hannity asked.
Joining Hannity’s program, Dobbs shared his take:
“For the folks to take you seriously suggests only one thing. It was a funny bit. It was terrific. But for those folks to try to pretend in front of their audiences who come to them for some semblance of perspective on the world and take them seriously — let me explain what happens here. I don’t know the names of a single person that you put in front of us […] and I’ll bet you that the MSNBC’s audience doesn’t know the name of those folks. And the reason they’re mentioning the name ‘Sean Hannity’ in any context at all: they are trying to affix themselves to some part of your — let me say — ‘status.’”
Judge Jeanine Pirro
Adding to Hannity and Dobb’s statements, Pirro chimed in, “The whole idea to say that women who support Trump are ‘numb,’ are ‘dead inside’ — how dare you trash the women in this country as ‘dead inside’ because we don’t agree with you! We’re not criticizing you!”