Once upon a time, not too long ago, Donald Trump counted MSNBC’s Morning Joe and its hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski among his most faithful friends (if not supporters). Over the winter Donald Trump had been a mainstay on Morning Joe and the show’s hosts often helped defend Mr. Trump from his detractors to his left and especially his right. The tables have turned (apparently) after the two sides seemingly fell out earlier this summer, and the relationship has now deteriorated to the point that Joe Scarborough is openly calling the Trump campaign for the White House a “SCAM.”
On Tuesday’s episode of Morning Joe cohost Brzezinski mentioned that she saw signs that were leading her to believe that the campaign was actually some kind of prank dreamed up by Mr. Trump. Joe Scarborough quickly cut in to double down on Brzezinksi’s observation by calling the campaign a “scam” and a “marketing” ploy.
“It is all a marketing, he doesn’t believe it. He doesn’t believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya and I’m not defending him. I say this is even worse that you play it cynically. I’ve known the guy for 12 years, I’ve never heard him say the first thing that even resembles a racist remark. And he’s just the type of person that if you were sitting around the table and somebody made a racist remark, he would raise his eyebrow and say, ‘Are you kidding me? Where are you from, the 1950s?’ This is all a scam. It’s all a marketing routine …“
Scarborough also brought up recent comments from Trump’s friend Ari Emanuel (brother to Chicago politico Rahm Emanuel) who said that he believes Mr. Trump is simply pulling the same kind of stunt that Andy Kaufman might have 30 years ago. Could this entire campaign really be an act? What does it say about the 2016 presidential campaign that serious pundits are actually wondering this just a few months out from Election Day?