Trump opens up new front in war against ‘Morning Joe’ as he threatens to ‘tell the real story’ of romantically linked hosts and calls Mika Brzezinski ‘neurotic’ and a ‘mess’
- ‘Morning Joe’ has drawn Donald Trump’s ire again after a broadcast full of jabs at the Republican nominee
- Trump tweeted twice about the show’s hosts on Monday, casting them as long-time boyfriend and girlfriend
- Called Mika Brzezinski ‘a neurotic and not very bright mess’ and said the show was ‘unwatchable’
- Monday’s program featured fired Ted Cruz operative mocking Trump and a long segment about anti-Trump New York Times opinion essays
Donald Trump lashed out at MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ program Monday morning, calling it ‘unwatchable’ and saying ‘neurotic’ Mika Brzezinski is her co-host Joe Scarborough’s ‘very insecure long-time girlfriend.’
The Republican presidential nominee has waged a months-long war against the liberal cable network’s morning show, beginning with his June declaration that it had ‘lost its way’ in criticizing him relentlessly.
Trump tweeted Monday that he had ‘[t]ried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!’
THREAT: Trump tweeted a brushback pitch against the morning-show duo on Monday, saying that someday he would ‘tell the story’ of the romantically linked hosts
Minutes later, he took a second chunk out of the show’s co-hosts.
‘Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!’ Trump tweeted.
Scarborough shot back on Twitter: ‘Neurotic and not very bright? Look in the mirror.’
‘Thanks for watching,’ he wrote in a second tweet. ‘Morning Joe is enjoying it’s [sic] best ratings ever thanks to obsessed fans like you.’
The New York Post reported in late June that Brzezinski and Scarborough have been romantically linked for years.
‘Morning Joe’ featured a parade of anti-Trump segments on Monday, including former Ted Cruz operative Rick Tyler mocking the Republican National Committee’s chairman for his observations about Trump maturing in his role as a first-time candidate.
‘He sorta talked about his candidate as if he graduated from diapers to big-boy pants,’ snarked Tyler.
BLAST: The Republican presidential nominee used his popular Twitter feed on Monday to threaten the hosts of an MSNBC show that turned against him this summer
MORNING SMIRK: Fired Ted Cruz operative Rick Tyler clobbered Trump on ‘Morning Joe’ as he deconstructed RNC chairman Reince Priebus’s weekend praise for the candidate
Tyler was fired from Cruz’s presidential primary campaign in February for circulating a false story about Sen. Marco Rubio insulting the Bible. He later apologized.
‘Morning Joe’ also highlighted opinion pieces from Monday’s New York Times, including a masthead editorial asking how America would ‘recover’ from a Trump candidacy and a column poking fun at the Republican’s highly publicized apology last week for his past campaign stump language.
One commercial break wrapped up with ‘Everything is Awesome’ – the theme song from ‘The LEGO Movie’ – playing over video of Priebus on Sunday’s ABC ‘This Week’ program insisting that the billionaire businessman is ‘getting into a groove’ after ‘a great week.’
‘Everything’s awesome,’ Brzezinski deadpanned.
‘Everything’s awesome,’ Scarborough mocked.
‘This is the part I don’t understand,’ Brzezinski added. ‘You just have to look at this as an opportunity, right? You can’t pretend this is okay.’
This year’s Trump-Scarborough feud surprised political observers who considered the two power players to be allies throughout the Republican primary season.
PUSHBACK: Scarborough jabbed at Trump on Twitter, saying his show is enjoying high ratings and tossing Trump’s insult back in his face
Trump received a hero’s welcome on ‘Morning Joe’ through early May. But things turned ugly when Scarborough – a former Florida GOP congressman himself – said on the air that despite his early willingness to take the billionaire seriously as a political candidate, he would never actually vote for him.
‘There is not a better time for someone to run as an independent candidate,’ Scarborough said on May 6.
He had himself tested the presidential waters in March 2014, speaking at a Republican cattle-call event in New Hampshire.
Afterward, DailyMail.com surveyed a group of 25 GOP stalwarts who heard his talk. None said they would consider voting for him.
Brzezinski added in May that the Republican Party was perfectly positioned to recruit an independent candidate to upset Trump during its summer nominating convention.
‘I just can’t believe there isn’t another candidate, at this point, that they would say, “You know what, I’d rather go down behind the right person than sell out America, my principles and everything I’ve worked for all my life to get behind somebody who I don’t believe in”,’ she said.
What followed was a summer of acrimony between the candidate and the MSNBC morning headliners.
By early June Scarborough was voicing what he said were the night-sweats of Republican bigwigs, staring down the barrel of a TV camera and lecturing Trump about his swipes at a Hispanic federal judge.
‘You’re acting like a bush-league loser, you’re acting like a racist, you’re acting like a bigot,’ Scarborough said. ‘Prove to me that you’re not a bigot and prove to me that you’re not going to take my party down in the ditch, [or] you don’t have my endorsement.’
Scarborough said this month that ‘several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump, and three times he asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times, he asked, at one point, “If we have them, we can’t we use them?” Three times, in an hour briefing, “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?”‘
But the deepest cut – which led to days of Trump tweets about Scarborough as a subpar political voice – came when Scarborough wrote in a Washington Post op-ed this month that it was time for the Republican Party to toss its nominee overboard.
‘A bloody line has been crossed that cannot be ignored,’ the MSNBC host wrote on August 9. ‘At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.’