Sobbing MSNBC Guest Says AHCA 'Isn't the America That I Love,' Lacked 'Empathy' for Life – NewsBusters (blog)

Sobbing MSNBC Guest Says AHCA 'Isn't the America That I Love,' Lacked 'Empathy' for Life – NewsBusters (blog)


On Thursday’s All In with Chris Hayes, MSNBC guest and Boing Boing co-editor Xeni Jardin broke down sobbing over the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as a “devastating” event that’s not “the American that I love” and promising to “fight for every single one of you, America.”

Hilariously, the liberal simultaneously demanded that “[e]very single cell in this country, every single person in this country deserves life” but must have realized her far-left mistake as she later emphasized that “[t]he America that I love cares about my right to life, even though I’m 46 years past being a fetus.”

Host Chris Hayes introduced Jardin as “a breast cancer survivor” and asked her to give her emotions about what transpired on Thursday. Jardin replied that “[i]t’s devastating” akin to “getting a cancer diagnosis.” And no, that’s not a joke. She actually made that comparison.  

Going into a biological description of what cancer does to the body to further compare the AHCA’s House passage to contracting cancer, Jardin added: 

You know, America is like a body. And we have to take care of the entire body. Every single cell in this country, every single person in this country deserves life. And we’ve got to get our priorities back in order. I don’t understand how our lawmakers, our leaders can be so lacking in empathy that this day happened. I didn’t survive chemo and radiation and surgery and more surgeries only to wonder if I’m going to be able to live, if access is going to be taken away entirely, not just for me but for 24 million or more people just like me who just want to live.

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Hayes engaged in some banter between himself and anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage about how relieved they were with the President’s religious liberty directive before cycling back to Jardin, noting that this question of health care “is life and death” and how “fighting for the political outcome you want to see happen” requires, you know, effort.

Out of nowhere, Jardin began crying and removed her glasses

“It’s not a political outcome, it’s a human outcome. This isn’t the America that I love. The America that I love cares about my right to life, even though I’m 46 years past being a fetus. The America that I love loves diversity, it knows that children like Jimmy Kimmel’s kid,” Jardin wept as she praised Kimmel.

Unlike, the lives of the unborn, she ruled that babies like Kimmel’s “weren’t born into the world with some kind of original sin that makes some of them worthy of death and the others worthy of life.”

“This isn’t robbing Peter to pay Paul, this is killing Peter to pay Paul. This isn’t America,” she concluded.

Savage and Hayes capped off the segment by touting how more people (read: those on the left) are in favor of single-payer health care:

SAVAGE: One of the ironies, I think, of this moment is that I think that partly in thanks to Trump and the lies that he told to the Republican base while he was campaigning, there is majority support in the country for the idea that the government does have a responsibility to provide all citizens with all access to health care and that is a seachange.

HAYES: To Xeni’s point, and to the point that Jimmy Kimmel was making tacitly, I have never seen support for single-payer as a kind of common assumption higher in my adult lifehood and there’s a lot more fight left to go and I’m really curious to see where this ends up. There are people on the right already warning that that is the path that we’ve been put on.

“We’re going to fight for every single one of you, America,” Jardin promised as Hayes gave way to Rachel Maddow at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

(h/t: Mediaite)


Here’s the relevant portions of the transcript from MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on May 4:

MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes
May 4, 2017
8:55 p.m. Eastern

CHRIS HAYES: Joining me now Xeni Jardin, who’s a breast cancer survivor and founder and co-editor of Boing Boing and Dan Savage, nationally syndicated columnist and host of the Savage Lovecast. Xeni, let me start with you because we’ve had you on before to talk about your own experience with ObamaCare, cancer treatment, and I was thinking about you today about how you felt, processed what happened today?

XENI JARDIN: It’s devastating, Chris. It’s kind of like getting a cancer diagnosis. You know, one of the first things I thought was how people always talked about cancer like a battle. Cancer was just a disease. It’s just cellular biology. It was just some of my cells deciding they didn’t want to behave any more and they wanted to create tumors and infest my lymphnodes and metastasize and that’s kind of what it — it feels like that’s what’s happening. You know, America is like a body. And we have to take care of the entire body. Every single cell in this country, every single person in this country deserves life. And we’ve got to get our priorities back in order. I don’t understand how our lawmakers, our leaders can be so lacking in empathy that this day happened. I didn’t survive chemo and radiation and surgery and more surgeries only to wonder if I’m going to be able to live, if access is going to be taken away entirely, not just for me but for 24 million or more people just like me who just want to live.

HAYES: You know, today was a day that I think a lot of people was going to come earlier, you know, the day one, people thought, well, they’re going to repeal and replace ObamaCare. And they fought and they fought and they lost the initial rounds. They passed this today. They still have a long way to go. The other thing that happened in the Rose Garden today was another thing where it looked like it was going to be a big bad day substantively for a lot of people in this country.

DAN SAVAGE For the LGBT community.

HAYES: For the LGBT community.

(….)

HAYES: Xeni, that gets to this sort of question of where you think of yourself and other folks like you for whom this is life and death and millions others who have family members whom this is life and death, like the energy of investing yourself in fighting for the political outcome you want to see happen.

JARDIN: It’s not a political outcome, it’s a human outcome. This isn’t the America that I love. The America that I love cares about my right to life, even though I’m 46 years past being a fetus. The America that I love loves diversity, it knows that children like Jimmy Kimmel’s kid, god blessing for saying what he did the other night – knows that those babies weren’t born into the world with some kind of original sin that makes some of them worthy of death and the others worthy of life. This isn’t robbing Peter to pay Paul, this is killing Peter to pay Paul. This isn’t America.

SAVAGE: One of the ironies, I think, of this moment is that I think that partly in thanks to Trump and the lies that he told to the Republican base while he was campaigning, there is majority support in the country for the idea that the government does have a responsibility to provide all citizens with all access to health care and that is a seachange.

HAYES: To Xeni’s point, and to the point that Jimmy Kimmel was making tacitly, I have never seen support for single-payer as a kind of common assumption higher in my adult lifehood and there’s a lot more fight left to go and I’m really curious to see where this ends up. There are people on the right already warning that that is the path that we’ve been put on. Xeni Jardin, thank you as always and Dan Savage, thank you.

JARDIN: We’re going to fight for every single one of you, America. 



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