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Trump Continues Linking Joe Scarborough to Intern’s Death Despite Husband’s Protests

President Trump and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany declined to back away from tweets President Trump issued suggesting MSNBC host Joe Scarborough killed an intern who worked for the then-congressman in the summer of 2001.

Her death was ruled an accident, and her widower husband has asked Twitter to take down Trump’s tweets. Twitter has refused.

Here are a couple of the tweets, as well as appearances today by Trump and McEnany.

This is the appearance in the Imus show in which Scarborough joked about the intern’s death.

Joe Scarborough Falls for Daily Show Parody of Ukraine Transcript

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who regularly suggests President Trump is a moron, fell for this, according to Fox News.

Unfortunately for Scarborough, Trump is no moron. His call actually showed an engaged president aware of the issues related to Ukraine.

And Scarborough is no idiot. He is just a man desperate to believe anything and everything terrible about Trump.

The Media Lose Morning Joe With Their Coverage of Kavanaugh

Joe Scarborough, a fierce Trump opponent who opposes putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Court and said he found Ford’s testimony “very persuasive,” assailed the media today for its bias against the judge.

“The media coverage of this has been so one-sided. It has been so biased,” said Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “There has been the presumption from the very beginning that every single allegation made against the judge was true.”

The media are Washington. The media are politically correct. They have entirely lost the desire to even try to be objective.

I know how this works, and I know the simple social pressure people come under from their friends and colleagues around here. And in this case, surrounded by their politically correct peers, it becomes difficult to write something positive about Kavanaugh even if you want to. Because if you do, you hate women and don’t have sympathy for victims of sexual assault. And you might just be one of “them” – a Republican.

God save your soul.

Mika agreed. I dunno, maybe she’s humoring him. He sure has moved pretty far toward her liberal viewpoint from the conservatism he once embraced.


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MSNBC’s Scarborough: Trump Harms America More than the 9/11 Attackers

I gather next Joe Scarborough will be accusing President Trump of lacking civility.

What a sad decline to a TV host I used to respect and watch. He once was supportive of Trump and socialized with him. That’s not why I watched him – it was because it was the smartest political show on TV.

Now Trump is worse than Osama Bin Laden. I guess Joe must be a pretty bad judge of character. Or not like not having his phone calls returned, or something.

From his op-ed Tuesday in the Washington Post:

Sixteen years of strategic missteps have been followed by the maniacal moves of a man who has savaged America’s vital alliances, provided comfort to hostile foreign powers, attacked our intelligence and military communities, and lent a sympathetic ear to neo-Nazis and white supremacists across the globe.

For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image. As the New York Times’s Roger Cohen wrote the month after Trump’s election, “America is an idea. Strip freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law from what the United States represents to the world and America itself is gutted.”

Lauren Manning, who worked for the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, spoke about life after surviving the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. (Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)
Osama bin Laden was killed by SEAL Team 6 before he accomplished that goal. Other tyrants who tried to do the same were consigned to the ash heap of history. 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.

Hannity Offers to Pay for Therapy for Joe Scarborough

MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough’s ongoing anti-Trump Jihad is a little strange. Now he has his entire panel weighing in like a team of psychiatrists on the president’s mental and physical health.

Not sure what Scarborough’s deal is. Maybe he’s furious because Trump stopped taking his phone calls or something. Losing “access” is a big deal in Washington.

Sad to see how what was the morning’s best news analysis show has devolved into a tool of its host’s pathologies.

Joe Scarborough Leaves the Republican Party

Good. That means there’s a place open for someone who’s actually a Republican.

Mika is beaming in this video, and who can blame her? She’s a Democrat, and now her fiance, who proclaimed himself an independent on lefty Steven Colbert’s show Tuesday night, is halfway there.

No one who is a Republican sits that schmoozily next to Steven Colbert.

Also, this will make it easier for him to get tables in Greenwich Village.

The Method To Trump’s Supposed Madness

It’s a funny thing how none of President Trump’s critics and haters, particularly the putatively smart observers in the press, ever get what he is doing. He’s a step ahead of them and he’s outwitting them, even as they preach to him from what they think is a perch at least twenty IQ points above his.

But as Trump said Saturday night at a gathering of veterans in Washington, the media are in fact looking up to him as he stands upon on the presidential bully pulpit. “I’m president and they’re not,” he noted.

There is a method to President Trump’s madness, and yes, he is crazy like a fox. While the media speculate about Trump’s mental health, they continue to underestimate him and get him wrong, as they have for two years now. Isn’t the definition of insanity making the same mistake over and over and over again?

Trump’s calculation is this: By baiting the media with his Twitter account, Trump is both revealing and provoking their instinctive liberal bias, helping undermine their legitimacy. And he is maintaining the energy and commitment of his voter base, which reviles the mainstream press.

Now, even if they serve a purpose, I don’t like Trump’s recent tweets. I don’t think the president should be lobbing barbs at women’s faces or putting up videos altered to show him punching out the media. And yes, I agree with those in the press who are concerned it could provoke violence against reporters. The president is supposed to be an inspiration. If he is demonstrating violence, he may well inspire it. It’s not a case of lacking a sense of humor to take seriously the gif of him beating on Vince McMahon with a CNN logo on his head.

But I do I enjoy a good chuckle over conservatives who were outraged that Barack Obama had his feet up on the desk in the Oval Office but who somehow think this is acceptable. It’s not.

And I worry, as I wrote, that Trump lets things get under his skin and that they fester there. I am concerned that the next people who will go subdermal on Trump are Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, should he still be alive. And that could have serious consequences.

But I’m not quite sure how worried I should be because, even if he is genuinely angry, Trump also knows what he is doing and is never, ever, as spontaneous, reactive, and improvisational as his critics think he is. And by the way, he possesses the twenty IQ points journalists think they have on them, plus a few. Maybe quite a few.

Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump

“He was playing people,” said Tony Schwartz, who helped Trump write “Art of the Deal,” in an interview with the New Yorker last summer. The New Yorker paraphrased Schwartz, who listened in on many Trump calls: “On the phone with business associates, Trump would flatter, bully, and occasionally get mad, but always in a calculated way,” the New Yorker wrote.

In another venue, Schwartz, who hates Trump and wanted to harm his candidacy, recalled that he once saw Trump verbally abuse someone on the phone, hang up, look at Schwartz and calmly say something like, “Do you think it worked?”

I’ll bet it worked because it’s working now. “Morning Joe” used to be an oasis of intelligent and informed news commentary from both sides of the aisle. But Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s pique at Trump has sent the show crashing into the gutter, just another partisan stage for showcasing Trump hatred. And CNN has shed its labored efforts to portray itself as a neutral alternative to MSNBC and Fox News, working itself up into a fit about Trump and flinging itself over the left, where, as some recent ratings show, it will have a hard time competing with MSNBC.

Trump may just be destroying CNN, as he intends. Or rather, helping them destroy themselves.

“The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House, but I’m president and they’re not,” Trump said Saturday.

“The fact is the press destroyed themselves because they went too far. Instead of being subtle and smart, they used the hatchet and the people saw it right from the beginning.”

That’s right. The press used to be subtle about its liberalism. Or at least more subtle. Now they’re over the top. And they’ve raised doubts, probably even among independents, about whether they can be trusted. Meanwhile, Trump has inspired his band of followers to fight on, sparking an energy he may need if Republicans in Congress fail to enact the agenda they’ve been promising for nearly a decade.

Trump recognizes subtlety because he practices it. And one way he does it is by appearing to be unsubtle.

The Biggest Reason Trump’s Reaction to Mika is a Concern

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.

Mika and Joe Postpone Vacation to Strike Back at Trump

Well, President Trump seems to have exacted some revenge on MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have been waging a Jihad against Trump over the past several months and came in for return fire in the form of another crude, gross-out Trump tweet about Mika “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

The pair, who are engaged to be married, were going to start their July 4 vacation Friday but will do their show instead so they can sink their fangs into Trump, according to the New York Daily News.

I have to say, while Trump has put aside the dignity of his office and is just hurting himself with such tweets, Mika and Joe have abandoned any sense of journalism, waging a personal war against the president and trying to destroy his presidency by provoking and attacking him.

These two supposed journalists have an agenda. They once had the most interesting and informative news program on morning TV. Now they are running a political operation animated at least partially, it seems to me, out of personal pique.

Below is Mika’s churlish, childish response this morning to Trump.

Trump: Mika Brzezinski was “Bleeding Badly from a Face Lift”

It’s like a very bad divorce.

President Trump and Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe use to be cozy. But at a certain point the two pundits, who are engaged to be married, must have said something Trump didn’t like or gotten too critical, and he stopped taking their calls. And they seem to be furious with him, waging a kind of nearly daily jihad that seems way beyond normal oversight of the president.

Anyway, they’ve attacked him in personal terms, and today he struck back. In, uh, personal terms.

Scarborough: Trump Asked, “Why Can’t We Use Nukes?

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said this morning that Donald Trump quizzed a foreign policy expert on the use of nuclear weapons, asking three times why we can’t use them.

Now, Scarborough is using an anonymous source. And who knows whether that’s exactly how Trump put the question, or whether that’s how it was meant. But I thought it was worth noting.