On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough twice referred to Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of President Trump's children, as "Fredo." That is, of course, a reference to the fictional character Fredo Corleone, the weak, least-intelligent of the children of the Godfather, Vito Corleone.
After Scarborough's second use of "Fredo," Mika Brzezinski quietly corrected her husband: "you mean Don Jr." An unrepentant Scarborough responded: "okay, Don Jr., same thing." Panelist Steve Rattner, President Obama's former car czar, can be heard laughing in the background.
Speaking of the Godfather, Scarborough has been on a vendetta against President Trump that would make old Vito proud. But after today's childish, middle-school worthy taunt, the question arises: is there any level to which Scarborough won't sink?
Here is the classic scene from The Godfather II in which Fredo insists: "I'm smart, and I want respect."
Here's the transcript.
6:25 am ET
JOE SCARBOROUGH: If you don't understand Donald Trump's foreign policy, then follow the money. And, no, not the political money. Follow the personal money. Russia: that's all about Donald Trump and the bottom line. His sons, Eric and Fredo said, that they got all of their money, or most of their money, the majority of their money -- I think it was Fredo who said they get the majority of their money --
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: You mean Don Jr.
SCARBOROUGH: Okay, Don Jr., same thing.