‘Morning Joe’ Spends Three Hours Trashing Trump Over Mika Tweet
MSNBC co-hosts, guests respond to president with insults on sanity and character, and even fight challenge
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski dedicated Friday’s entire “Morning Joe” program to President Donald Trump’s Thursday tweet, in which he attacked the co-hosts’ bias towards him.
For three hours, the hosts and pundit after pundit dissected the tweet and, according to them, the sure lack of character or sanity shown by the president who issued it.
“That’s the thing, though, and this is what he does. He takes something small and he contorts it. He tries to weaponize it,” said Scarborough.
"This has been one of our great frustrations. He just ends up hurting himself," Scarborough continued.
"If you don't like our show, and if you care about what's good for America, turn us off," he said. "I wrote in the Washington Post piece with Mika that it's better for America and the world if he just turns his 80-inch television set to 'Fox & Friends' and keeps it there and stay [sic] calm, stay in the bubble. We'll all be fine."
Brzezinski's reaction to Trump's tweet appeared more vindictive.
Brzezinski insisted that Trump simply can't deal with what she implied was merely a bit of friendly mockery.
"He appears to have a fragile impetuous childlike ego that we've seen over and over again, especially with women," she said. "It's like he can't take it."
"And I saw this happening yesterday in real time," Brzezinski continued. "We were talking about the Time magazine cover. The White House claims we attack him. No, we report on his lies. We are upset when he doesn't tell the truth and he bullies people. That is true. We sometimes mock him and have fun with things like we did with President Obama with his bowling, and we were having fun with the Time magazine cover because it was hilarious that anyone would have their country club put up fake Time magazine covers of your boss."
But of course, Brzezinski has done far more than "mock and have fun with" the president. In just the month of June, Brzezinski has wondered aloud if the country can survive Trump's first term, blamed Trump for anti-Republican violence, and compared Trump to some of the 20th and 21st century's most murderous dictators.
MSNBC political analyst and political journalist Eugene Robinson, who was also featured on Friday's program, actually claimed that Trump's tweet was a "breathtaking" incident. "In the lexicon of the day, what we have now is a fake president," Robinson claimed.
"We have a man occupying the office of the president of the United States who is not fit to be president of the United States and who is not capable of discharging the duties of the president of the United States and running an administration," said Robinson.
"And, you know, I thought that Sarah Huckabee Sanders' press briefing yesterday was — my jaw was just on the floor as I listened to her try to defend the literally indefensible," Robinson continued.
Some conservatives, however, have been quick to point out the "breathtaking" hypocrisy of liberals and Democrats — staunch defenders of both Clintons and Obama — calling the President's tweeting habits indefensible.
"Trump's tweets are beneath the dignity of the White House, where presidents diddle interns with cigars and run guns to Mexico," tweeted conservative author Ann Coulter. (go to page 2 to continue reading)