On Monday Chuck Todd relayed some controversial comments from an Obama aide whom he called "very smart" on MSNBC's Morning Joe:
I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, 'you know, with this Republican - " with the way politics of Washington are today, there'd still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn't have been able to navigate the polarization between the media, between this.' It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide.
Todd's quote is being widely reported on the right and branded "disgraceful" - but the remark was also a big hit with left-leaning users on Reddit, who found it a useful starting-point to dissect the modern GOP's failings.