MSNBC Draws Fire For Describing Romney And Sasse As ‘New Generation Of Mavericks’

The on-air graphic also called retiring Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake "departing mavericks"

Reacting to Utah Republican Senator-elect Mitt Romney’s Washington Post op-ed in which the one-time GOP presidential nominee criticized President Donald Trump’s character just days before being sworn in, MSNBC posted an on-air graphic describing Romney and fellow Trump-skeptical Republican Ben Sasse as the “new generation of mavericks.”

Speaking to former John McCain adviser Mike Murphy Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell asked him if he was surprised to see this “new maverick shift” coming from Romney. The two then talked about which GOP senators would be willing to stand up to President Trump now that critics such as McCain, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker are no longer in the Senate.

This then led to MSNBC showing the graphic, which also noted that Corker and Flake were “Departing Senate Mavericks”:

Well, it didn’t take long for MSNBC to take heat for describing milquetoast conservatives as “mavericks,” especially from liberals and progressives.

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski said he “looked at this a dozen times and still can’t believe it’s real.”

HuffPost’s Yashar Ali wanted to know who was responsible for the graphic.

Yashar’s tweet caused Meghan McCain to respond and claim that her father was the “only real maverick.”

Gizmodo’s Tom McKay put together some parody versions of MSNBC’s graphic, some of which were truly inspired.

You can watch the full clip of Mitchell’s interview with Murphy above, via MSNBC.

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Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

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