If you were to go up to the plate and had previously determined to swing at every pitch, you would innevitably strikeout. This lesson is being learned by President Trump's media critics today as they offer up various hot takes on the raid that led ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to blow himself up on Saturday. Richard Haass, President of The Council on Foreign Relations, joined CNN Newsroom on Monday to talk about the raid and Trump's reaction to it.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough says that Democrat insiders see Joe Biden's campaign as a "slow-motion train derailment" and that he will not make it to the nomination. Instead, Elizabeth Warren is best-positioned to win the nomination. The panel expresses concern that Warren would lose to Trump. Mika Brzezinski says Biden is the Democrats' "best bet" for winning the presidency, and expresses the hope that he will put in a strong performance in this week's debate.
Wednesday night’s Trump rally in Greenville, North Carolina justifiably came under fire from the media when the crowd starting chanting “send her back” in response to President Trump’s criticisms of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a chant Trump later disavowed. The hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe, however, proved their own dispositions were just as bad, if not worse. On Thursday, the show's cast completely melted down over the chant by the crowd. After referring to it as a “Nuremberg Rally,” Joe Scarborough claimed that President Trump wants America to be “ethnically cleansed."
Last Friday, President Trump announced via Twitter that his administration reached an agreement with Mexico in an attempt to stem the tide of illegal immigration through the southern border. This rescinded the administration’s threat of tariffs if the Mexicans refused to take more concrete action to prevent influxes of migrants from illegally entering the U.S. through their country. All told, it was a win for the President that quelled bipartisan fears about his use of tariffs.
President Trump has spent the first part of the week on a official state visit in the United Kingdom in anticipation of Thursday’s anniversary of D-Day. His bilateral meeting today with outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May has sparked many journalists to comment on the state of affairs between the two countries, with some arguing that what has been called the “special relationship” is dead.
MSNBC's Morning Joe isn't one to shy away from hyperbole when talking about life in Trump's America and Monday's show was no exception. The Monday panel was joined by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt to discuss the state of democracy and American institutions as their book, How Democracies Die, was being released in paperback.
On Friday’s Morning Joe, a panel of MSNBC commentators watched and subsequently struggled to critique President Trump’s speech in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum. Joe Scarborough spoke slowly and reluctantly as he recounted the topics covered in the speech, even daring to agree with the President’s characterization of an America-first policy.
Morning Joe just cannot get over Trump’s retweets of three anti-Muslim videos last week. Last Friday, with no evidence, the liberal morning show’s panelists promoted the idea that Trump’s retweets were part of a top secret, sinister plot to incite potentially murderous violence against Muslims in America. This Monday, co-host Joe Scarborough tried a new angle, repeatedly insisting that Britain First, the group whose leader Trump retweeted, is a terrorist organization that “assassinates members of parliament” in the United Kingdom. Simply put, Scarborough’s claim is completely false.
The panelists of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday agonized over possible repercussions likely to result from President Trump’s tweet attacking London Mayor for his comments that Londoners ‘have no reason to be alarmed.’ “It’s absolute nonsense,” Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes proclaimed before smugly stating, “There’s been a huge swell of support for Sadiq Khan and it obviously reflects very badly on the President. It makes the Brits just think what planet is he on? It's really damaging.”
‘Working at the Morning Joe weekday program apparently has its advantages. One of those was demonstrated on Friday, May 26, when co-host Joe Scarborough aired a fake 30-second television advertisement he had told “the kids in the back that work for us” -- and were “out in the street playing stickball” at the time -- to “draw up an ad that will look like what we’re going to see next year.”
The result was “predictable campaign fare, focusing on the Republican health-care bill” and claiming that the GOP measure would slash everything from Medicaid to payments for pre-existing conditions while generating “huge tax cuts for the rich.”
MSNBC’s Katy Tur is notably not a fan of President Trump and during Monday’s MTP Daily, where she was filling-in for Chuck Todd, she took numerous swipes at the commander-in-chief. “There are so many questions about what exactly Donald Trump’s foreign policy is. What does the Trump doctrine look like? … There's a lot of confusion about it,” she told Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, “And the flip-flops that we're seeing, are they rooted in pragmatism or are they rooted in ignorance?”
“Well, let’s go to war” Mika Brzezinski sarcastically exclaimed, on Monday’s Morning Joe, in response to Joe Scarborough. The host elicited Brzezinski’s response when he said he wished the Obama administration would negotiate with parties “other than Iran and Cuba.” Scarborough hit back hard. “I'm not saying go to war. And that's the stupidity. That stupidity that the administration has been pedaling since day one…You either, cave in to Iran and give them over one hundred billion dollars or you go to war. There's an in between.” Brzezinski also hailed the Iran deal as a “milestone.”