Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe is no fan of Donald Trump, even though he is a former Republican Congressman himself.
On Monday morning, Scarborough lit into Trump once again, this time over the daily briefings the president holds to alert the nation about the COVID-19 situation.
Scarborough started out by using polls to point out that Trump is not nearly as popular with the American people as he thinks he is. Then he went all in on Trump:
“I’ve been talking about, again, it’s part of this bigger theme, like liberals freak out and say, ‘Oh, Donald Trump is getting away with everything, what are we going to do?’ like we’ve been hearing it for three years. He gets away with nothing. The voters pummel him. They pummeled him in 2017 in Virginia, they pummeled him in Kentucky in 2019, they pummeled him in historic manner in 2018, in a landslide of historic — literally historic proportions. He gets away with nothing.”
The 2018 midterm elections were definitely a sign that voters from statehouses to the House of Representatives were sending a message to Trump for sure, as they put Democrats in charge to be a check on the president. So, Scarborough could be right there.
“Now he’s going out lying for two, two and a half hours a day. I’ll just say it again, I’ve said it enough, that those rallies shouldn’t be held on TV. If I were a supporter of his, I would say those rallies shouldn’t be held on TV, they are damaging his brand. You look at the numbers.”
Scarborough is hardly the only one to insinuate that the daily briefings are nothing more than substitutes for Trump rallies, because the adulation of crowds seems to be where Trump gets his energy. Scarborough then turned to the 2020 election:
“It’s just like he’s just handing one vote after another vote after another vote to Joe Biden.He’s doing it in the swing states, like he insults the Michigan governor, won’t even call her by her name, talks about that lady — her numbers skyrocket. In Wisconsin, Republicans force people to decide between their health and democracy, we had a shocking result in Wisconsin — voted for a liberal judge. That’s like the last thing, like, if you had a chain of things that swing voters would do, the last thing they’d do is vote for a liberal judge. They did, even in Kenosha.”
“Like Florida, the swing state of Florida, think about the senior citizens whose votes he is losing every day. Isn’t this a great example of Donald Trump not being the political genius that people on the left are afraid that he is? I think he’s just hurting himself right now.”
Scarborough continued his broadside, saying that Trump is not the political genius people took him for when he stunningly beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. People have to remember, Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million. He just happened to game the Electoral College just right to win the presidency.
The host concluded:
“The thing is, it didn’t have to be this way. even said on this show, a month ago or so, maybe even more, ‘Let’s not talk about the past, let’s talk about the future, we can sort out the past in November. Let’s talk about getting the testing right, let’s talk about getting the PPEs right, let’s talk about getting care to the hospitals and the states right.’ Yet he’s just still refusing to do that. It’s those press conferences every day that, just every day, he buries himself a bit more every afternoon that he holds one of the press conferences.”
Watch Scarborough’s remarks below:
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.