"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth" -- Proverbs 24:17
Either the Morning Joe crew didn't review their King James Version before today's show, or chose to ignore its teachings.
Because the opening segment was a shabby exercise in reveling while imagining President Trump's pain over his impending impeachment.
Joe Scarborough set the gloating tone, claiming that the President "may be whistling past the graveyard, but man, this really stings Donald J. Trump." The panelists all picked up the theme. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius asserted "he's wounded; this hurts." Fellow Postie Robert Costa proclaimed Trump "can't stand" that his brand will be associated with impeachment. Mika gloating over Trump's "disgrace." Katty Kay claimed Trump finds impeachment "devastating." Even the normally equitable Willie Geist imagined what it must be like for Trump to wake up knowing he's been impeached.
Scarborough ended on a particularly vile note, comparing [while denying he was doing so] Trump to Pablo Escobar, the murderous leader of the Medellin drug cartel. Scarborough's notion was that both were stung by their rejection by polite society, and "now Nancy Pelosi hands [Trump] the ultimate rejection."
Note the opening, with Scarborough stumbling while searching for Sarah Palin's name, as he invoked her putting "lipstick on a pig" line.
Here's the transcript.
6:07 am ET
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Um, uh, McCain's vice-president?
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Palin.
SCARBOROUGH: Sarah Palin: "you can put lipstick on a pig." At the end of the day, you're still an impeached president. And Bob Costa, I know you've talked to a lot of people at the White House, he may be whistling past the graveyard, but man, this really stings Donald J. Trump.
. . .
DAVID IGNATIUS: The thing that told you what's going on for Donald Trump is when he called impeachment "a very ugly word." And he's wounded --
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah he is. Personally.
IGNATIUS: He gets it: he gets it. He knows that he's about to be impeached . . . It was a document [the letter to Pelosi] that told you, that for Donald Trump, this hurts.
. . .
ROBERT COSTA: And now that brand, in history, will be associated, and he can't stand it. . . with impeachment . . . And this is a person whose entire business was based on the name, and what that name meant.
MIKA: It's disgrace!
KATTY KAY: For him personally, in terms of his historical legacy, it's devastating.
. . .
WILLIE GEIST: When history looks back at Donald Trump, among many other things, it will lead with the fact that he was an impeached president. Imagine waking up as Donald Trump and realizing that this morning.
SCARBOROUGH: I think about seven very tall, beautiful condos, facing the Hudson. Everyone of them: Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump. One by one, people have been so humiliated to be in a building with his name on it, they've demanded that the name --
MIKA: -- get taken off.
SCARBOROUGH: -- get taken down.
. . .
SCARBOROUGH: I don't want to get in trouble here.
SCARBOROUGH: I'm drawing no comparisons whatsoever between Pablo Escobar and Donald Trump . . . (Laughter)
[Escobar] tried to get into Congress, they didn't let him in, even though he got in legally. Because he was a drug trafficker. And it just drove him crazy, and he spent the rest of his life trying to get even with the establishment . . . Now that's Pablo. Now let's talk about Donald. Donald's entire life—and I'm not the first person who's said this—can be explained by the fact that he's an Outer Boroughs guy that always wanted to be respected, always wanted to be beloved in Manhattan. They never would let him in the doors. He wanted to be in the club, they never let him in the club. And in that letter yesterday, you see the intensity, the ferociousness of that anger and that rejection. And now Nancy Pelosi hands him the ultimate rejection. Even as president, you will never, ever be seen the way you want to be seen. Because you can't conduct yourself as a Commander-in-Chief should.