Looks like Morning Joe was really shaken by the massive, enthusiastic, crowd that turned out for President Trump's campaign kick-off rally in Orlando last night. Scrambling for something to counter the wave, the show settled on comparing the President to an old, fat Elvis going through the motions with his shtick.
Scarborough said "This is Elvis in '77, just kind of lumbering across the stage, sweating." MSNBC's John Heilemann, sinking to a particularly ugly low, jumped in, seeing Trump "in Graceland, in front of like the six televisions, with a big, huge bottle of Quaaludes, and a bottle of vodka, and the shotgun."
Scarborough also compared Trump to a Bobby Vinton imitator in the Poconos, and a "Terry Jacks tribute band." Jacks had one hit in the Seventies called "Seasons in the Sun." It's especially funny for Scarborough to mock other people as terrible tribute-band musicians. He ended the sickening segment by claiming it wasn't "all about just trolling Donald Trump this morning. It may sound like it, but it's not."
Note: you want to talk about tired, old, predictable shtick? Look in the mirror, Morning Joe! For three years now, your show has been a tedious, tiresome, repetitive mess of Trump hatred.
Here's the transcript.
6:01 am EDT
JOHN HEILEMANN: The whole thing has the feel of a kind of like third-rate, biggest loudjacked at this point.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: It's painful.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: It's the Poconos.
HEILEMANN: You look at it, and apart from everything else, you go: man, I've seen this shtick before. Where's the new material?!
BRZEZINSKI: It's getting tired.
SCARBOROUGH: A Bobby Vinton imitator in 1978 in the Poconos --
HEILEMANN: Bobby Vinton!
SCARBOROUGH: -- I'd go see it. My Melody of Love? That guy kicked it, old school.
HEILEMANN: Terry Jacks?
SCARBOROUGH: Terry Jacks tribute band. But you know, you take that up to the Poconos in 2019, my kids --
HEILEMANN: -- the kids are not loving it.
SCARBOROUGH: So this thing is old! Donald Trump was a disrupter. Donald Trump was dangerous. But you know, he's looking like, as we continue our pop references, and I mean it. He's looking about as dangerous as Austin Powers, after he came out of the whole cryogenically-frozen thing. It's old!
HEILEMANN: It's starting to feel really shticky.
SCARBOROUGH: This is Elvis in '77, just kind of lumbering across the stage, sweating --
HEILEMANN: -- or in Graceland, in front of like the six televisions, with a big, huge bottle of Quaaludes, and a bottle of vodka, and the shotgun.
. . .
BRZEZINSKI: C'mon, old guy!
EDDIE GLAUDE JR.: I watched it last night reluctantly, I must admit. And it was horrible, in every way. Horrible in every way. Fat Elvis, Joe, is I think apt.
BRZEZINSKI: Nailed it.
GLAUDE: I think that's right on point.
SCARBOROUGH: This actually is not all about just sort of trolling Donald Trump this morning. It may sound like it, but it's not.