MORNING SCHMO: MSNBC HOST REACHES NEW LOW
Just when I think Joe Scarborough cannot become any more pathetic than he already is, he somehow goes ahead and tops himself.
Congratulations, I guess?
Though to be fair, pathetic is far too kind of a word for the miserably sad human being Scarborough has become during the Trump presidency.
An op-ed in the Washington Post in which he actually had so little shame that he found it within himself to argue that Donald Trump being president is worse than the 9/11 attacks — on the anniversary of 9/11, no less.
“The question for voters this fall is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could,” wrote the embarrassment of a television host and ex-Congressman.
Classy stuff, Joe.
Of course, Scarborough can stake out ground as a so-called important voice in the #Resistance, but he was singing quite a different tune a few years ago.
In fact, lets be honest, he basically spent two full years kissing the president’s rear end during the lead up to the election.
He can continue to deny it, but as the saying in sports goes, “film don’t lie.”
I am a supporter of President Trump, but even I had to laugh at the ridiculously favorable coverage Scarborough gave the man.
From a CNN article in February 2016:
In background discussions, NBC News and MSNBC journalists, reporters and staffers said there was widespread discomfort at the network over Scarborough’s friendship with Trump and his increasingly favorable coverage of the candidate.
“People don’t like that Joe is promoting Trump,” one MSNBC insider said. Others described Scarborough’s admiration for Trump as “over the top” and “unseemly.”
Both Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski are close friends with Trump and members of his family. Scarborough, a former four-term congressman from Florida’s 1st district, has often stayed at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Club, in Palm Beach, Florida, with his family and was there during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, two sources at the hotel during that time said.
On the night of the New Hampshire primary, Scarborough and Brzezinski visited Trump’s hotel room for what MSNBC described as background discussions with the candidate’s senior staff and a conversation with Trump that “lasted less than five minutes.”
In recent weeks, Scarborough has spoken about Trump in increasingly glowing terms, praising him as “a masterful politician” and defending him against his political opponents and media critics. The Washington Post has noted that Trump has received “a tremendous degree of warmth from the show,” and that his appearances on the show, in person and over the phone, often feel like “a cozy social club.”
Scarborough has always been opinionated and outspoken, and he has never made any secret about his political opinions. Nevertheless, some of his colleagues believe that his coverage is influenced by his friendship.
Some MSNBC insiders also cringed at an on-air exchange Scarborough had last month with radio host Hugh Hewitt, who pressed Scarborough on whether he would serve as Trump’s vice president. Scarborough ruled out the possibility but not before saying he would do “just about anything to try to get the White House back.”
Trump, meanwhile, has also spoken in glowing terms about Scarborough.
“He’s a great guy, and he has a great show … and we have a lot of fun,” Trump told Howie Carr, the Boston talk radio show host, in January. “Joe’s doing well. You know, he’s making money for the first time in his life, really making some pretty good money.”
After the last Republican primary debate, on February 6, Trump was asked by a reporter how he thought the debate had gone. His response: “I think I did very well. I mean, Joe Scarborough and everyone is tweeting.”
But the most notable acknowledgment of Trump and Scarborough’s relationship came on the morning after Trump’s victory in the New Hampshire primary. In an interview with “Morning Joe,” the GOP frontrunner told Scarborough and Brzezinski: “You guys have been supporters, and I really appreciate it.”
The remark, which Trump sought to clarify — “not necessarily supporters, but at least believers” — sparked a hurried attempt by Scarborough and Brzezinski to dismiss the perception that they were pro-Trump.
“When you say supporter, you’re obviously talking about how actually … there were a handful of people who for six months have been saying what happened last night could happen and the rest of the media world has been mocking and ridiculing exactly what he’s done,” Scarborough said.
After Trump hung up, Scarborough sought to clarify the matter further: “Donald said support. It’s not support … and I would dare say that I am the only person who has hung up on Donald Trump on live television. And the thing is we’ve been very critical of his approach toward Muslims, we said he went too far on John McCain, we said he went too far on you name it,” he said.”
Then at some point, Scarborough decided the president was a bad guy, despite treating him like Winston Churchill for two years.
Was it because of policy differences?
It was because the president mocked Scarborough’s fiance and co-host Mika Brzezinski.
So now Scarborough spends his time on his unwatchable morning show trashing the president for positions he always agreed with but now disagrees with merely to spite his new enemy, and recording anti-Trump songs that are so unbearably terrible not even Mika could have told him was good with a straight face.
If you have been watching this ridiculous sham play out in real time and thrown up in your mouth as a result, I could hardly blame you.
The truth is that Joe Scarborough does not care about the president’s policies.
No matter how mad he portrays himself to be, his act is as transparent as a screen door that was just doused in Windex.
Scarborough can claim he is “standing up for women,” or call the president a “tyrant,” but in reality, the former congressman is nothing more than a sad huckster trying to play white knight to his on-air sidekick girlfriend.
And now he has taken it to the level of shamelessly using the anniversary of 9/11 to try and slime a president he has a personal vendetta against.
As President Trump himself would say: Sad!
If you enjoy Scarborough’s tirades directed at President Trump because you hate the president THAT much, it is a free country, you are entitled to think whatever you want about Scarborough’s “righteous anger.”
Just as long as you understand that is not “righteous” at all.
In fact, it is not even real.