People are stunned by Brian Williams’ praise for Trump’s missile strike

Brian Williams speaking in Long Beach, California.

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In order to make a comeback, you have to go away. And a few folks on Twitter feel MSNBC anchor Brian Williams perhaps hasn’t been away long enough. 

Williams, again, found himself in the news rather than reporting it on Thursday night into Friday morning after he praised United States missiles that struck a Syrian airfield on Thursday, following a chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government.

“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” Williams said on air as footage of Tomahawk missiles played. He then quoted the song “First We Take Manhattan,” by Leonard Cohen, a song about extremism. “I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons.'”

For many, the moment was eye-poppingly surreal. 

Williams was removed from his job as NBC’s primetime anchor in 2015 after a series of falsities were revealed in his reporting. He spent several months off-air before making his way back to the anchor chair with a show on MSNBC. 

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