Sam Nunberg’s wild ride

It’s a fool who suggests s(he) has seen the depths of the political catastrophe that is the United States right now, but former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg‘s round of appearances on TV last night is going to be hard to beat.

When’s the last time, for example, the host of a national broadcast asked a guest if he was either “drunk or off your meds”?

“I’m not going to cooperate! Why do I have to spend 80 hours going over my emails that I’ve had with Steve Bannon and with Roger Stone?” Nunberg asked NBC News reporter Katy Tur on Monday afternoon after he received a subpoena.

By halfway through his media tour, Russian manipulation of U.S. democracy was less of an intriguing question — he backtracked — than what the heck was wrong with Sam Nunberg?

“It was clear Nunberg was under plenty of pressure,” the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake writes this morning. “That tends to be the case when you’ve got jail time hanging over your head for ignoring a subpoena.”

MSNBC’s Ari Melber got an earlier crack at Nunberg, the type of interview which, another MSNBC host later said, “we have never seen the likes of before in U.S. history.”

“Trump may have very well done something during the election with the Russians. If he did that, I don’t know. If he did that, it’s inexcusable if he did that,” Nunberg said at one point.

That’s an invitation to investigator Robert Mueller for a grand jury subpoena for all the records Nunberg is refusing to provide. Not much of a defense for someone who has staunchly defended the president until last evening.

  • MrE85

    Nunberg is just the type I would expect as a member of Team Trump.

    • John O.

      Yep. Several french fries short of a happy meal.

  • Rob

    Ah, the dumpster fire du jour…

  • One takeaway is that one should not place any confidence in what any of these Trumpists say. There will be a walking back in 24 hours, so to avoid whiplash the best attitude is “meh”.

  • BReynolds33

    Is it wrong to be genuinely concerned for the guy? He seems to have had an actually break with reality and seems to be in need of some help.

    • MrE85

      I had the same feelings when people were laughing at Charlie Sheen’s public struggles a few years back.

      • BReynolds33

        I mean, maybe he isn’t in need of help. Maybe he’s just this bad at life. I don’t know, but he sure shows all the symptoms. Sudden change in personality, lack of care for serious consequences… it’s worrisome to be sure.

    • jon

      With a display like this one has to wonder if there is method to this madness, of if it’s just regular plain ol’ vanilla madness…

      Either way the implication of mueller exerting pressure is clear, if it was pressure to make him crack or if it was pressure applied in such a way that he decided he needed a new approach and madness seemed like the way to go… we won’t know for a while still..

  • Gary F

    And the media is loving every minute of it.

    • Ralphy

      Except Fox.

      • RBHolb

        To its fans, Fox is not part of “The Media.” The media is a bunch of liberals who sit around all day thinking up new ways to make life hell for real Americans.

        • State media. Pravda, basically.

          • RBHolb

            Journalistic trivia: Pravda (“Truth”) was the official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party. Izvestia (“News”) was the newspaper of the government. The joke sometimes heard in the Soviet Union was that there was no Izvestia in Pravda, and no Pravda in Izvestia.

            I’ll be here all week, comrades.

        • I don’t really consider Fox part of “the media” either, but for different reasons.

    • John O.

      Of course they are. A former campaign aide to the sitting President gets a subpoena and decides to do what he did?

  • Brian Simon

    The Atlantic has a piece on this guy, who’s basically a partisan hack / provocateur who’s finally getting the media attention he craves.