The spat between President Trump and “Morning Joe” Friday descended to a new level of unseriousness. But neither that, nor Trump’s repellent behavior, is the most consequential problem with all of this.
Donny Deutsch said on “Morning Joe” Friday that he and Trump are both from Queens and so let’s duke it out over the rude things Trump said about Mika Brzezinski and so on and so forth.
Mika and Joe Scarborough pulled Deutsch back and pretended to be above it all, which they’re not. And I’m pretty sick of them feigning shock when, after months of intentionally trying to get under Trump’s skin and provoke him, they find that they succeeded in getting under Trump’s skin and provoking him.
But Mika does make one good point in the video above. “He has once again shown the world that he can be played. He can be tweaked. He can be goaded so easily that it’s frightening,” she said.
She’s right, that’s a problem.
The Russians and the Chinese in particular, along with many others, do sophisticated psychological profiles of our leaders so that they can work them over and lead them toward actions that benefit them, and not the United States. Remember, for example, how Putin pretended to be so enamored of his grandmother’s cross, or something like that, and George W. Bush thought he’d seen into Putin’s heart?
They new how significant Christianity was to Bush. Another successful PSYOP – psychological operation – by the former KGB chief. Bush should have kept a clear head and understood that within Putin’s heart are only ice cubes for making vodka tonics.
Trump has to be able to recognize that our enemies are going to try to push his buttons. And he’s making his buttons and the ease of their use all too clear.
Trump is, has always been, and will always be, thin-skinned. Certain things just seem to get to him and he gets obsessed about them.
We’re all allowed our flaws. But he needs to get it under control.
Mika and Joe have some serious power, but they are mosquitoes compared to the president of the United States. Much more consequential people those two, foreign actors who are very dangerous and very evil, are going to try to manipulate this president. And they can’t be allowed to succeed.