Be careful what you wish for, liberal media: you might get it.
Morning Joe was in a great good mood today, glorying in the absence of a midterm red wave. And Joe Scarborough wasted no time in taunting Donald Trump.
With his trademark lack of class, Scarborough called out: "hey Trump! Hey Donald Trump! Meet Boris Johnson"—a reference to the former British Prime Minister who was recently pushed out of office He added: "Massive victory down there. Right? Unfortunately, Donald Trump lost the rest of America."
Willie Geist is normally the most even-handed of the Morning Joe crew. So it was surprising that he authored the unkindest cut of all. Referring to Ron DeSantis's stunning victory in the Florida governor's race, in which he won by almost 20 points and carried outright the traditional Dem stronghold of Miami-Dade, Willie said:
"It would appear this morning, this is Ron DeSantis's party and not Donald Trump's."
Scarborough quickly seconded Willie's take, then added an ugly metaphor of his own: "everything Trump touches politically dies."
But if Scarborough and company are right, and Ron DeSantis is poised to replace Donald Trump as the dominant force in the Republican party, then, who knows? The liberal media might be singing a very different—and sorry—tune, in two years come Election Night 2024.
Here's the transcript.
6:02 am ET
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Democrats are still -- they still have a chance of holding on to the Senate?
MICHAEL STEELE: This wasn't even a good ripple. I mean, this --
SCARBOROUGH: Come on. There's not a red wave!
STEELE: It's not a red wave.
SCARBOROUGH: That's it!
STEELE: Spotting -- a good puddle in some corners. That's about the best you can get.
SCARBOROUGH: Let's spray paint! That's all I'm talking about.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Yeah!
SCARBOROUGH: Hey Trump! Hey Donald Trump.
MIKA: He doesn't watch.
SCARBOROUGH: Meet Boris Johnson [audience laughter and applause]. I mean -- there was, really -- there was a coronation last night, probably as grand as King Charles III's coronation will be in the spring.
And it was Ron DeSantis in Florida. Massive victory down there. Right? Unfortunately, Donald Trump lost the rest of America. Now, I'm not going to say this is the end of Donald Trump, but there are a lot of Republicans this morning waking up going, wait a second. Ron DeSantis is winning Miami-Dade outright and winning by 20 percentage points, in the state historically, while Donald Trump is tweeting, cheering against Republicans. I don't think last night was a good win for Donald.
WILLIE GEIST: No. It was a bad night for him. It was not a red wave. Don't take our word for it. Lindsey Graham was on NBC last night saying, whew! This did not go the way we thought it was going to go. This was not a red wave. That's Lindsey Graham saying that. That's one thing.
The governors races, people were concerned about, New York -- Kathy Hochul held on here. Wisconsin -- [applause], Michigan. Where there were election deniers, they lost there. So election denialism was on the ballot, and it lost overwhelmingly last night. Time and time again.
And to your point: Ron DeSantis winning by almost 20 points in Florida, remaking the map. Remaking the Obama coalition. Winning, flipping by 20 points from a couple pf years ago, Latino voters.
It would appear this morning, this is Ron Desantis's party and not Donald Trump's.
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. It's not Donald Trump's. I mean, everything Trump touches politically dies.
SCARBOROUGH: He lost in '17. Local races.
MIKA: The negative Midas touch.
SCARBOROUGH: He lost in '18. He lost governorships in the South in '19. He lost in '20. And now, of course, '22 just a massive loss.