Joe Scarborough

Media Shoulders Much of the Blame for Trump’s Twitter Tirades

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Let me begin by saying that as adults we should all attempt to control our language when dealing with other people. It’s something we attempt to train all of our children to do, and it’s something we expect from the people we deal with on a daily basis. One of the simplest truths of “adulting” is that we sometimes hold our tongue, even when we feel like letting it loose.

So, it should come as no surprise to you when I say that sometimes, I wish our President would refrain from letting loose on Twitter. His comments may be cathartic, for a moment, but they eventually cause a lot more trouble than they’re worth.

The latest example of this came when he chided MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for attacking him again, before then personally attacking Brzezinski.

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The pop-culture world immediately exploded in anger, and in mostly one-voice came to Brzezinski’s defense with many calling Trump’s comments uncalled for.

To be sure, I don’t like the tweets either. I wish he wouldn’t have tweeted them.

Here’s the thing though…

The tweets weren’t necessarily “uncalled for.” I’m not saying Trump should have mocked Mika’s facelift (which she and Scarborough have admitted really happened).

What i’m saying is that Mika Brzezinski has been attacking President Trump with low-blows for well over a year, going back to when he was campaigning for the GOP nomination.

In his most recent piece for the OC Register, Carl Cannon, has thankfully gathered some of Brzezinski’s most heinous and uncalled for attacks. Cannon is no fan of the Trump administration, but he too recognizes the hypocrisy of the faux-outrage over Trump’s comments about the MSNBC morning show.

The go-to topic is Trump’s mental health. A few other cable shows question it as well. Together it’s a sustained personal attack on a sitting U.S. president without precedent since the dawn of television. Does it excuse Trump’s un-presidential response? Not in my mind. But it helps explain it. Let’s go to the tape.

March 6: “I think we reached a new low this weekend,” Scarborough says in response to Trump’s claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration.

“I had hope and an open mind and I have lost hope completely and my mind is closed,” Brzezinski adds. “This presidency is fake and failed.”

May 1: “Morning Joe” puts up a screenshot of a Scarborough tweet: “Though it seems impossible, this is getting worse by the day. Is the president spinning even more out of control?” The topic is Trump’s uninformed rambling about the Civil War and Andrew Jackson. Scarborough quoted historian Douglas Brinkley saying the president has had “a confused mental state.” Scarborough then adds, “My mother’s had dementia for 10 years. That sounds like the sort of thing my mother would say today.”

May 5: Guest Rob Reiner rips Scarborough and Brzezinski for going too easy on Trump during the 2016 primaries. “The words that have been flung out from his mouth are insane,” Reiner says. “If Donald Trump was not a celebrity, the words that come out of his mouth, you’d see a guy in a park. A lunatic in a park on a soap box, and you’d walk right by him.”

May 15: “There is not a sane, rational human being who would have tweeted what he tweeted yesterday,” intones Scarborough. “If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately. … They would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO.”

May 23: Referring to Trump allegedly passing sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian diplomats and then discussing it publicly, Scarborough calls Trump “stupid” and a “jackass.”

June 1: Brzezinski prompts Scarborough to share the metaphor he told her off-camera. He doesn’t seem to remember what he said until she reminds him: “Like a kid pooping their pants, and then saying I meant to do that!”

June 6: Characterizing Trump’s primary campaign strategy as “evil” and “cynical,” Scarborough says that at least Trump was doing things that were in his own interest, but that he no longer “think[s] rationally.” Joe throws it to guest Donny Deutsch, who doesn’t miss his cue. The “self-destructive” Trump “clearly has a personality disorder,” Deutsch says before adding the phrases “mental disorder,” “self-destructive personality disorder” and “borderline personality” disorder. “I’m not a clinician,” he allows, which is an almost comic understatement: He’s a marketing and branding expert.

“I kind of want to dispense with political correctness for a bit and just say what everyone is thinking,” chimes in guest commentator Elise Jordan: “This behavior is crazy. He needs to get a grip on it. He’s president of the United States, he’s commander-in-chief and he’s acting unhinged from the Oval Office.”

June 7: “Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough says when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first-hand.”

June 8: “I think … it is possible that he’s mentally ill in a way” is Brzezinski’s take on this morning. “He’s not well. At the very least he’s … so narcissistic he does not believe the rules apply to him.”

June 28: Brzezinski: “Phony. A phony, fake, pathetic, made-up cover of Time magazine. That’s your boss. That’s needy. Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day and destroying the country.”

In her own “Mean Girl” voice, Mika then flashes an image of the magazine in question and squeals, “He’s covering his hands here because they’re teensy.”

This childish slur about Trump’s manhood is apparently what prompted his response.

Here are a few other examples of the folks at Morning Joe attacking Trump personally (with their favorite target being his sanity and mental health) : 8/11/20169/1/2016, 4/4/2017, 3/1/2017.

There are many other examples of this (a simple google search will lead you to them), and the truth is that Mika Brzezinski has been hammering President Trump unfairly for a very long time. Should he have made the comments about her plastic surgery? No. Are his comments reasonable given the context of the situation and the literally DOZENS of times that Brzezinski has called his sanity and his mental health into question? I think so.

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