A pundit who left MSNBC earlier this year is back in the fold following a stint advising businessman Howard Schultz on a possible presidential bid.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, political strategist Steve Schmidt has returned to MSNBC and NBC News as a political analyst.
“Schmidt, who ran John McCain’s presidential campaign and formally left the Republican Party last year amid his opposition to the Trump presidency, left the networks earlier this year to advise former Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz on a presidential bid,” THR reports, noting that Schultz did not end up pursuing a campaign.
The report notes that Schmidt “founded a podcast, Words Matter, along with fellow MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, but left in protest of an on-air interview about Schultz.”
Schmidt is quoted saying at the time: “My objection is not on a tough question. It’s the surreality of having a podcast hijacked from me. Until this recording, I had always thought this was Elise’s and my podcast.”
THR notes that Schmidt appeared Thursday on Nicolle Wallace’s afternoon show, where he was identified as a “former Republican strategist” rather than as a contributor.
Below is a brief promotional clip posted by MSNBC in 2018 in which Schmidt appears, along with Wallace …