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  • ‘You Lied!’ Scarborough, Kristol Clash Over Alleged Morning Joe Support of Trump

    10/20/2016 11:30:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    That was ugly! Today’s Morning Joe offered a prime example of the notion that the bitterest political fights are the ones between members of the same party. Joe Scarborough and Bill Kristol got into a nasty spat over Kristol’s accusation that in the early days of the campaign, Morning Joe had been supportive of Donald Trump, and by extension bears some responsibility for his rise. An angry Scarborough shot back “you lied!” and laid out the case that he had declared early on that he wouldn’t vote for Trump, had analogized his call for a Muslim ban to Germany circa...
  • Scarborough Rips MSM’s Hypocritical ‘Freak Out’ Over Trump Refusal to Blindly Accept Election Result

    10/20/2016 5:38:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Every couple of weeks, Joe Scarborough rebuilds lost conservative street cred by going on a good rant against liberals and the MSM. He did so in spades on today’s Morning Joe, comprehensively crushing libs for their hypocrisy in “freaking out” over Trump’s wait-and-see answer at last night’s debate to the question of whether he’d accept the results of the election. Excerpts: “the media got something they can absolutely freak out about and claim that he is an agent of Vladimir Putin and destroying democracy in America and it’s just another example of the media having to find a little phrase...
  • Morning Joe: Michelle O’s Trump-Trashing Speech ‘Wasn’t to Help Hillary Clinton’

    10/14/2016 5:55:24 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If it’s up to the liberal media, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is just going to have to take a back seat: there’s a budding new saint in town, and her name is Michelle Obama. Morning Joe began the canonization process today, beatifying the First Lady for her speech trashing Donald Trump over the stories about his personal behavior that have recently emerged. All the ongoing glorification of Mrs. Obama on the Morning Joe set was leavened with some unintentional humor from Joe Scarborough, who said of the First Lady’s speech that “there was nothing calculated about it. This wasn’t to...
  • MSNBC Deletes Scarborough Criticism of NBC’s ‘Cooked’ Poll Helping Hillary

    10/11/2016 7:32:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    During the opening 6AM segment of today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough accused NBC of having “cooked” its current poll to favor Hillary Clinton. But at 8AM when Morning Joe replayed that opening segment, Scarborough’s criticism of the NBC poll . . . had disappeared. Instead, the video jumped ahead to Mika Brzezinski’s reading of the poll results themselves, which showed Hillary Clinton with an 11-14% lead. Scarborough’s point was that NBC sampled only during the height of the hot mic hysteria, but didn’t include sampling from after the debate, widely viewed as having been won by Trump. Joe obviously knew he...
  • Mika Rips Republicans Who Dumped Trump: ‘Pathetic, Weak, Spineless’

    10/10/2016 5:47:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The headline’s not a typo: avowed Hillary supporter Mika Brzezinski has torn into Republicans who withdrew their support for Donald Trump over his hot mic comments, calling them “pathetic, weak and spineless.” On today’s Morning Joe, Mika’s point was that for anyone who had bothered to look, there was, long before Friday, tons of negative material out there about Trump. So anyone pretending to be shocked by the most recent disclosure must have been willfully blind. And based on his strong debate performance last night, Mika predicted that they might now “have to come back.” Joe Scarborough graphically made the...
  • Scarborough: My Dog Is Way Ahead of Trump With Black Voters

    10/04/2016 5:48:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough was probably just trying to make the point that Donald Trump is very unpopular with black voters, but he wound up saying something that some might view as insulting to African-Americans. Interviewing Al Sharpton on today’s Morning Joe, he asked about the Rev’s view that Hillary has not been doing enough to appeal to black voters. As Sharpton prefaced his remarks by observing that Hillary is way ahead of Trump among black voters, Scarborough interjected “my dog’s way ahead of Trump among black voters.” Watch the video and note how Scarborough trails off at the end, possibly realizing...
  • Scarborough Defends Trump on Suggestion Hillary Bodyguards Disarm, Other Issues

    09/19/2016 12:55:36 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A current GQ article detailed something that this Insurrectionist, as a regular monitor of Morning Joe, had observed: that Joe Scarborough went from being a Trump booster during the primaries to a vitriolic critic of The Donald during the general election campaign. But a trend I sensed last week continued on today’s Morning Joe: Scarborough seems to be swinging back in Trump’s direction. On a number of issues, it was Scarborough-against-the-panel in defending Trump. First, Joe noted how a reporter had teed Hillary up to criticize Trump for speaking of a “bomb” in NYC, whereas Hillary herself had spoken of...
  • Joe Scarborough, Donald Trump look to repair relations

    09/19/2016 11:52:44 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 19, 2016 | Dylan Byers
    Joe Scarborough wants to make nice with Donald Trump. Last week, Scarborough and his "Morning Joe" co-host, Mika Brzezinski, visited the Republican presidential nominee at Trump Tower to rekindle a once-rosy relationship that has turned bitter and adversarial, sources with knowledge of the meeting told CNNMoney. The three also discussed the possibility of conducting an interview for "Morning Joe," though nothing was decided or finalized, one of the sources said. Scarborough did not respond to a request for comment.
  • Scarborough Advises Hillary on How to Attack ‘Right-Wing Republicans’

    09/14/2016 5:44:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How deeply has Joe Scarborough dived into Hillary’s tank? On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough offered Hillary a script of how she should attack “right-wing Republicans.” Howard Dean was so impressed by Scarborough’s work on Hillary’s behalf that he exclaimed “I actually think you could actually be her speechwriter. That’s exactly what she should be saying. I’m sure you don’t want that job, but I’m just saying, you know?” Howard, don’t be so sure Scarborough doesn’t want that job. Sure looked this morning like Joe was auditioning for a spot in Hillary’s West Wing. View the video here.
  • Joe Scarborough Talking about Hillary’s Episode: I Often Feel Faint Too

    09/12/2016 9:02:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 85 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let’s say it simply: Joe Scarborough has become a shameless pro-Hillary partisan. On the big issues of the day: Hillary’s health collapse and her “basket of deplorables,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook himself could not have spun things for Clinton more audaciously than did Scarborough on today’s Morning Joe. On Hillary’s collapse, Scarborough played the happens-to-everyone card, saying that he often has to grab the handrail walking down the stairs and feels faint during every performance with his rock group. As for Hillary heaving half of Trump supporters in a “basket of deplorables,” Scarborough first tried to prove Hillary right...
  • Campaign Strategist Scarborough Advises Hillary: Refuse to Answer Email Questions

    09/08/2016 9:32:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A few days ago, we reported on “Dr.” Joe Scarborough declaring that Hillary Clinton “doesn’t have” any health issues. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough took off his neurologist’s hat and put on the campaign consultant’s cap. Scarborough’s advice to Hillary: refuse to answer any more questions about her emails. According to Joe, Clinton should put her answer up on her website, refer journalists to it any time they try to probe her on the matter, and “move on” to a discussion of Syria. Mike Barnicle echoed Scarborough’s “move on” advice, suggesting Hillary say that if people are still concerned about...
  • Dr. Joe: Scarborough Declares Hillary ‘Doesn’t Have’ Health Issue

    09/06/2016 5:49:44 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A leading candidate for President of the United States has a documented history of serious health issues, including a blood clot on her head. She has had at least two fainting episodes, including one in which she fell and broke an elbow bone. During this campaign season, she has been plagued by numerous coughing fits including two just this past weekend. The candidate, of course, is Hillary Clinton. Yet Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were very reluctant even to raise the issue on today’s Morning Joe. When Scarborough announced they were about to show a clip of one of Hillary’s...
  • Morning Joe Trashes Trump Mex Trip: ‘Fringe, Alt-Right Candidate’ Who ‘Choked’

    09/01/2016 6:03:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 108 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Like Bulgarian and Ukrainian Olympic judges back in Soviet Union days who gave American ice skaters a crummy score after a strong performance, on today’s Morning Joe Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough totally trashed Donald Trump on his visit with the Mexican president. For not raising the issue of who would pay for the wall, Scarborough screamed “he choked! I can’t stand people that choke under pressure!” Brzezinski was reluctant to discuss the trip at all, dismissing Trump as a “fringe, alt-right Republican candidate . . . let’s not pretend this is some sort of foreign policy discussion. This is...
  • Hillary Scandals & Tighter Polls Cause Morning Joe Gloom

    08/31/2016 2:11:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 31, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    You didn't need to have the sound working while viewing MSNBC's Morning Joe today to know things were not going well for Hillary Clinton. The sad looks on the faces of hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough pretty much revealed the story. A sense of gloom had descended upon the set of Morning Joe (or Mourning Joe) as Mika led off detailing the latest drip, drip, dripping of Hillary scandals.Then, Joe joined added to the mournful mood by noting how the polls have been tightening in recent days. This was all in stark contrast to the upbeat mood of just a few weeks...
  • Feud Continues: Scarborough Taunts Trump as ‘Amnesty Don’

    08/29/2016 5:41:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    One week ago, a Twitter war erupted between Donald Trump and the hosts of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Whereas the pair had been among the first in the media to take Trump’s chances seriously, in recent times they had become very critical of the Republican candidate. [snip] The feud continued this morning. After an extended discussion of Trump’s mental health, with Scarborough suggesting that the Donald is a “sociopath” rather than the “psychopath” that former Obama adviser David Plouffe called him, Joe went on a riff, taunting Trump as “Amnesty Don” for his softening position on immigration....
  • Washington Post's Robinson: I Feel I Need to Act Like Obama 'Defense Attorney' on Iran Ransom

    08/19/2016 7:08:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On a certain level, it was refreshing to see an MSM member admit how he sees his role: as that of a "defense attorney" for Barack Obama. On another level, it was disgusting . . . On today's Morning Joe, during a discussion of the Iran ransom deal in which even State Department spox John Kirby effectively conceded that the deal was a "quid pro quo," the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson said "I feel like I need to ask the sort of question a defense attorney would ask at this point." Robinson's point was that some had criticized the Obama...
  • Cokie Roberts: Trump and Those Who Support Him are ‘Morally Tainted’

    08/16/2016 7:04:26 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 127 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Question for Cokie Roberts and Joe Scarborough: does the name Hillary Clinton ring a bell? On today’s Morning Joe, NPR’s Roberts and Scarborough proclaimed Donald Trump “morally tainted.” Roberts took it one step further, also declaring “morally tainted” those who support Trump. Scarborough asked Roberts whether she’d ever seen “a candidate so morally tainted, so challenged that people are calling him a racist and calling him a con man, at the same time saying we support him?” Roberts said no one has ever seen anything like this, and for good measure, citing her roots growing up in the Jim Crow...
  • Scarborough: Trump Staffers Say He Screams, Never Takes Blame

    08/12/2016 7:21:19 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 81 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Some inside baseball from the Trump campaign . . . Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have known Donald Trump for years, and reportedly are in regular contact with members of his campaign staff. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said that what: “every Donald Trump staffer will tell you is: he never, ever takes any of the blame himself. He always screams at staffers. That’s what is starting to happen now that the polls are going low.” Meanwhile, Mika Brzezinski reported that Trump is exhausted, sleeping in “two-hour spurts,” and that as a result Trump is “losing it.” Do Joe and...
  • Scarborough Suggests that Trump Has Crossed the Rubicon into ‘Fascism’

    08/10/2016 5:51:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The opening segment of today’s Morning Joe was one long fusillade against Donald Trump in light of his remark yesterday that there is nothing people could do to stop a President Hillary from abolishing the Second Amendment, “although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.” The single harshest criticism came from Joe Scarborough, who suggested that Trump had “crossed the Rubicon” into fascism. Scarborough said that in the past he had rejected use of the words “fascist” or “fascism” in reference to Trump because he had never made “a call to violence.” Scarborough asserted that Trump’s comments...
  • Scarborough: Republicans Are Asking ‘Is Donald Trump a Sociopath?’

    08/03/2016 7:23:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 145 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We reported yesterday on Joe Scarborough’s statement that Republicans, conservatives and so-called right-wing bloggers had been contacting him to ask about Donald Trump’s “mental health.” Scarborough himself called Trump “unhinged.” Joe took things a significant step farther on today’s Morning Joe, saying that Republicans have been contacting him, asking themselves “is Donald Trump a sociopath?” Scarborough was careful to state “I didn’t say this, but this is what everybody is saying.” Scarborough dropped the s-word in the context of hammering Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W., over his lesser-of-two-evils support of Trump. View the video here.
  • Scarborough: Everybody’s Talking About Trump’s ‘Mental Health’

    08/02/2016 5:41:55 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 96 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Morning Joe, in the wake of recent comments by Donald Trump including his criticism of the Gold Star Khan family, Joe Scarborough says that he has been contacted by Republicans, conservatives and what the media would call “right-wing bloggers” to inquire about Trump’s “mental health.” Scarborough says “everybody” is talking about it. Scarborough went on to say “I’ve known him for a decade, never seen him act like this before. It’s unhinged, not the Donald Trump I’ve known for over a decade. I never have seen anything remotely resembling this type of behavior from a guy who I’ve known...
  • Scarborough calls on GOP to cut ties with Trump

    07/29/2016 5:44:15 PM PDT · by kevcol · 103 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 29, 2016 | Eddie Scarry
    Scarborough said Friday on "Morning Joe" that Donald Trump has become too toxic for the GOP's congressional candidates this year. "The center cannot hold when you have the speaker of the House [Paul Ryan] calling the Republican nominee a racist but saying he's still endorsing the nominee," he said. "It is so bizarre on its face that you have people chuckling in the background." Scarborough referenced the often tense relationship Ryan has had with Trump on foreign and domestic policy issues as well as the tone of the celebrity businessman's campaign.
  • Scarborough: Why Not Hire Hillary, the ‘Brain Surgeon’

    07/29/2016 6:35:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the metaphors he might have picked to praise Hillary Clinton, Joe Scarborough chose the most unfortunate one: that of “brain surgeon.” Because to many people, Hillary brings to mind none other than Nurse Ratched, that cold and domineering figure who subjected one of her charges who wouldn’t fall in line to . . . a lobotomy. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough actually said “why don’t we try actually hiring a brain surgeon who’s been operating on brains instead of chopping down trees for the past 30 years?” Scarborough put the words in the mouths of Hillary supporters he...
  • Scarborough Gushes Over Obama Speech—Before He Gives It

    07/27/2016 8:29:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Couldn’t Joe Scarborough have waited until after Barack Obama gave his DNC speeches tonight before he began gushing over him? Apparently not. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough, pre-lauding Obama’s speech-to-be, said “you know when you’re watching a great movie . . . and you can see where it’s going, and you sort of start smiling?” But it wasn’t just Obama’s as yet unspoken speech that had Scarborough excited. “You look at that lineup: it’s absolutely extraordinary,” enthused Joe. In addition to Obama, tonight’s line-up consists of Michael Bloomberg, Tim Kaine and Joe Biden. Yes, when it comes to oratory that...
  • Scarborough: Michelle Obama Speech ‘Reminded Me of Reagan’

    07/26/2016 6:05:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 69 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Today’s opening segment of Morning Joe was one—long—gush-fest over First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech to the DNC last night. The apotheosis of adulation came from Joe Scarborough, who said that the speech “reminded me of Ronald Reagan.” Scarborough also had an “America love it or leave it” message for those who think our country needs to be made great again: “we are the last best hope for a dying world. If you can’t get behind that message as a Republican or a Democrat, then let me buy you a ticket to another country.” Wonder if Joe offered Michelle a ticket...
  • Scarborough: Trump's RNC Speech May Have Been What Millions In Middle America (Shortened)

    07/22/2016 9:14:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies ^ | July 22, 2016 | Trent Baker
    On Friday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough reacted to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, saying it may have been exactly what millions of middle Americans had been waiting to hear.
  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Smugly Predicts ‘Hillary Will Slaughter’ Trump

    07/21/2016 9:29:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | July 21, 2016 | Samantha Cohen
    Thursday on Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski made a prediction about the presidential debates forthcoming this fall: Hillary Clinton will “slaughter” Donald Trump. The liberal host said this only moments after she expressed desire for a “nice, peaceful convention” for Democrats next week in Philadelphia, contrasted with the current Republican convention in Cleveland that she believes has been consumed with “horrible, despicable things.” Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd began with a prediction of his own, that the DNC in Philadelphia is going to be “boring” and wondered what the Clinton folks are going to do “to make a little...
  • Veepstakes: Scarborough Politely Trashes Pence, Makes Case for Christie

    07/14/2016 7:05:25 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 58 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough couldn’t have been kinder as he put the shiv into Mike Pence this morning. The opening segment of Morning Joe was devoted to the veepstakes, and Scarborough politely trashed Pence while making the case for Chris Christie. Scarborough went out of his way to praise Pence as an “able leader” and someone he likes. But he proceeded to say that Pence wasn’t “ready for prime time.” Joe broke out the deer-in-headlights metaphor and analogized Pence to previous running-mate “disasters.” On the other hand, Joe argued that Christie is someone who has been on the national stage, capable of...
  • Mika and Joe jet off to Nantucket together

    07/09/2016 12:27:48 AM PDT · by r_barton · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 8, 2016 | 9:50pm | Emily Smith
    “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have not confirmed they are a couple, but they are certainly spending a lot of their free time together. On Friday, the MSNBC hosts were spotted getting a Delta flight from JFK Airport to Nantucket, Mass.
  • Chuck Todd: Tough to Train ‘Prejudice and Hate’ Out of Police Hearts

    07/08/2016 9:18:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Morning Joe did a very decent job today of covering the shooting of police officers in Dallas and the issue of police shootings of African-American. The remarks were generally even-handed. Even Al Sharpton was cautious and balanced in his comments. And so it was surprising that of all people, Chuck Todd made the most tendentious remark. Speaking of the shooting of Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, and discussing the need for better police training, Todd said: “how do you train prejudice and hate out of somebody’s heart? That’s a tough thing.” Is there racism among police? Of course, as...
  • Mika Accuses: People Are ‘Hostages’ To Notion Hillary Deserves Special Treatment

    07/07/2016 8:38:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski makes no bones about being a liberal Democrat. She was big on Bernie, even more enthusiastic about Elizabeth Warren, whom she repeatedly urged to run for president. But while she might well vote for Hillary in the end, Brzezinski is anything but a Clinton acolyte. Her aversion was on display on today’s Morning Joe. A clip rolled of Speaker Paul Ryan saying that as a candidate Hillary should be denied classified briefings, given FBI Director Comey’s finding that she had been “extremely careless” with classified information. Panelists Harold Ford, Jr., Jim VandeHei and Michael Steele scoffed at the...
  • Scarborough: ‘I Don’t Question Comey’s Integrity. I Question His Courage’

    07/06/2016 7:32:24 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Last night, I emailed our Legal Insurrection leader Bill Jacobson to say I was counting on Joe Scarborough to have his finest moment this morning in light of the fiasco of the failure of the FBI to recommend the indictment of Hillary Clinton. This morning, Scarborough rose to the occasion. With significant support from Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe‘s opening segment was one long blast at Hillary — for doing what she did with her email and lying about it — at James Comey — for failing to indict — and at President Obama — for putting his thumb on the...
  • MSNBC’s Brzezinski Calls For Wasserman Schultz To Resign [VIDEO]

    05/18/2016 7:35:28 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Steve Guest
    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski called on Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down as chair of the Democratic Party because the Florida congresswoman is blatantly favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Appearing on “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, Brzezinski said that Sanders treatment by the Democratic Party “has been very poorly handled from the start. It has been unfair and they haven’t taken him seriously, and it starts quite frankly with the person that we just heard speaking. It just does.” Brzezinski’s call for a change of leadership was in response to Wasserman Schultz’s criticism of Sanders from Tuesday night when she said,...
  • Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarbrough An Item!

    07/01/2016 9:41:16 AM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07-01-2016 | Tiffany Taylor
    It's a strange day when news anchors become the news. MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski quietly got a divorce from her husband of 23 years, fueling rumors that she's hooking up with her Morning Joe cohost, Joe Scarborough, despite their on-air disagreements.
  • James Comey Just Became the Most Powerful Person in America

    07/01/2016 6:10:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 86 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who’s even more powerful than the king? The person who gets to pick the king. And as of this morning that person is, quite possibly, FBI Director James Comey. Today’s Morning Joe reported breaking news from the New York Times: Attorney General Loretta Lynch has decided that she will accept the recommendation of the FBI regarding its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. If Comey recommends against an indictment of Hillary, that would lift a huge cloud that has been dragging her candidacy down. It would put Hillary in a very strong position to become the next president. But should Comey...
  • WashPost's Cillizza: Hillary Has 'Large-Scale Problems,' Trump 'Can Win This Race'

    06/30/2016 11:00:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 30, 2016 | Tom Blumer
    Apparently following up on his Washington Post column earlier this week, the paper's Chris Cillizza appeared on Thursday's Morning Joe show and observed that Hillary Clinton has "large-scale problems on honesty and trustworthines," that "she is the status quo" and "represents the past." Because of that, and despite the conventional wisdom in much of the establishment press that Mrs. Clinton can't possibly lose in November, Cillizza argues that her Republican opponent "can win this race." Cillizza has previously staunchly denied media bias in the coverage of Mrs. Clinton's campign. That's hard to square with what Tim Graham at NewsBusters observed...
  • Morning Joe Goes Gaga Over Elizabeth Warren as Hillary VP Pick

    06/28/2016 8:15:58 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Go ahead, Hillary: make our day . . . In the wake of Elizabeth Warren’s joint appearance with Clinton in Ohio yesterday, today’s Morning Joe panel went gaga pver Warren, promoting her for Hillary’s VP pick. Joe Scarborough proclaimed that Warren “is Led Zeppelin” for the way she fills a stage. Mika Brzezinksi, long a big Warren booster, suggested that because Hillary wants to win, she will put Warren on the ticket. Scarborough went so far as to declare that any Hillary VP pick other than Warren would “look like a dud.” View the video here.
  • Gun Control Convert Scarborough Clashes With OK Rep. Cole

    06/23/2016 11:49:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With all the zeal of a Joey-come-lately, gun-control convert Joe Scarborough clashed on today’s Morning Joe with Second Amendment defender Tom Cole, Republican congressman from Oklahoma. When Scarborough lectured Cole about terrorists “who want to kill people in your district,” Cole shot back “Joe, I know something about terrorism. I lived through an incident in Oklahoma City.” And when Scarborough patronizingly instructed Cole to “read the Constitution,” Cole retorted “I think I’ve read the Constitution as often as you have.” Mike Barnicle waited until after the interview to take a cheap shot at Cole, claiming that he is “handcuffed to...
  • Scarborough Predicts Trump Loss So Huge, Will Make Goldwater Look ‘Extremely Successful’

    06/17/2016 7:44:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 123 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In 1964, Republican Barry Goldwater suffered a devastating landslide loss to LBJ. Aside from his home state of Arizona, Goldwater carried only five other states, all in the Deep South. Goldwater amassed only 52 electoral votes, to Johnson’s 486. But even that paltry performance will look “extremely successful” compared to the thrashing that is in store for Donald Trump in November–if you believe Joe Scarborough. On today’s Morning Joe, after reviewing Trump’s disapproval numbers with various demographics, Scarborough said “Barry Goldwater is going to look like an extremely successful candidate.” Interestingly, Nick Confessore of the New York Times disagreed, arguing...
  • Scarborough: Trump Reminds Me of ‘Scumbags’ Who Accused George W. of 9-11 Complicity

    06/14/2016 5:56:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For a guy who regularly decries the debasement of the political culture, Joe Scarborough sure has a funny way of elevating the dialogue . . . On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said that Donald Trump reminded him of “scumbags” who said that President George W. Bush had something to do with 9-11. Scarborough was steamed over Trump’s comments yesterday on the campaign trail that when it comes to Islamic terrorism, President Obama either is not tough enough, or “has something else in mind . . . there’s something going on.” Asked later to clarify his statements, Trump said he would...
  • Morning Joe Trashes Trump Muslim Immigration Ban

    06/13/2016 6:57:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Do you think the families and loved ones of the Orlando victims wish Omar Mateen’s father, an anti-American Afghani, had never been permitted to enter the United States? Do you think the great majority of Americans agree? The answer seems obvious: but not to the clueless cast of Morning Joe, which today trashed Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration. Mika Brzezinski epitomized the willful blindness, claiming the Muslim ban has “no connection at all” to the Pulse massacre. View the video here.
  • Scarborough Warns GOP -- Disavow Trump's "Racist" Comments Or Risk Everything

    06/07/2016 12:48:45 PM PDT · by Abiotic · 91 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 07/06/2016 | Video
    Scarborough Warns GOP -- Disavow Trump's "Racist" Comments Or Risk EverythingPublished on 7 Jun 2016 Speaking early Tuesday morning, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has a stern warning for members of the GOP. This clip constitutes Fair Use. Watch the entire segment on
  • Joe Scarborough to Clinton: 'Stop lying’ about emails

    05/27/2016 12:17:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2016, 09:49 am | Mark Hensch
    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday slammed Hillary Clinton, calling on the Democratic presidential front-runner to "stop lying" about her personal email account. “It’s pretty remarkable,” he said on "Morning Joe" of Clinton’s response to a watchdog report that found Clinton and her top aides did not comply with policy while she served as secretary of State. “I don’t understand why you put out a statement like that,” Scarborough added. "Stop lying, stop digging. “'I screwed up. I’m terribly sorry,'" he offered as alternate responses. "'I hope the American people will forgive me and I hope they will let us...
  • General Odierno Says ISIS Was Avoidable

    05/20/2016 4:50:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Jack Heretik
    General Odierno Says ISIS was AvoidableGen. Raymond Odierno said he believes the Islamic State’s creation was avoidable during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Host Joe Scarborough asked Odierno, who commanded the Multi-National Forces in Iraq for about two years, if ISIS and the current state of Iraq were avoidable when the United States ended formal combat operations there. “Did it ever have to begin? Was ISIS avoidable?” Scarborough asked. “I think it is, and I’m not one for revisionist history,” Odierno said. “Actually, I was, on 1 September 2010, that’s when I gave up command in Iraq and that...
  • Scarborough: "This Is Not Paul Ryan's Party Anymore-This Is Donald Trump's Party"

    05/17/2016 2:20:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | May 17,2016 | Jeff Poor
    Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough reacted to a NBC News/Survey Monkey poll showing Republican voters trusting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to lead the party over Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).
  • Scarborough: 'I'm Never Going to Vote' for Trump If He Maintains Muslim Ban

    05/05/2016 6:51:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 82 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of everyone in the MSM, Joe Scarborough has been widely seen as the most ardent Trump supporter--starting from the day Donald descended that escalator with Melania. Scarborough would argue he was merely offering dispassionate political analysis--saying that Trump's chances should be taken seriously while others were disdainfully dismissing him. But for those of us who watched Joe day in and day out during the primary season, there seemed to be something much more than green-eyeshade analysis going on. Scarborough revelled in every poll and primary result favorable to Trump. Which makes Scarborough's statement on today's Morning Joe so strange. Joe...
  • Barnicle on Hillary Email: 'Haven't Spoken to Anyone Who Believes There's an Indictable Offense'

    05/02/2016 5:23:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle's a guy from the Duke Ellington era, so I suppose it makes sense if he doesn't "get around much anymore." How else to explain his nonsensical statement on today's Morning Joe? When Joe Scarborough asked him why the FBI investigation of Hillary's email is taking so long, Barnicle said "I have not spoken to anyone who believes there is an indictable offense that has occurred." Responded Scarborough sarcastically: "you're talking to a very tightly focused crowd there," adding that people in the intel community say "anybody else would be in prison right now." The befuddled Barnicle reversed himself...
  • Scarborough's Love Letter to Hillary's Foreign Policy Leadership

    04/25/2016 6:28:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough was careful to state for the record that he was "not voting for Hillary Clinton." But everything else he said during a segment on today's Morning Joe was one long love letter to her foreign policy and leadership skills. Granted, Joe set the bar very low, comparing Hillary's prospective leadership to President Obama's fecklessness. Even so, it was striking to hear Scarborough proclaim "Hillary Clinton does not believe in leading from behind. Hillary Clinton does not believe that you sit back and let the events of the world shape the country. Hillary Clinton does not believe in the...
  • 'Goldwater's Ugly Stepson': Scarborough Scolds GOP Establishment for Backing Cruz

    04/19/2016 6:27:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Barry Goldwater was a conservative hero and pioneer. But his presidential run was an historic flop. So when Joe Scarborough described Ted Cruz on today's Morning Joe as "Barry Goldwater's ugly stepson," it was a scalding simile. Scarborough in turn scolded the Republican establishment for backing Cruz over John Kasich as the alternative to Donald Trump. Scarborough's argument on today's Morning Joe was about electabiity. Scarborough predicted that in a general election against Hillary, Cruz would lose 40-41 states [actually a bit better than the 44 Goldwater lost]. The screencap shows Scarborough holding up a Boston Red Sox coffee cup...
  • Scarborough: Cruz 'Even Worse Than Trump' for Republican Senate Candidates

    04/14/2016 8:09:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Coming Cruz Senate Apocalypse? That's Joe Scarborough's baleful prophesy, should the senator from Texas snatch the Republican presidential nomination. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough asserted that "Ted Cruz is the worst-case scenario for [GOP] Senate candidates, even worse than Donald Trump." So bad, in fact, that Joe agreed with Mike Barnicle that Cruz as nominee = Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader. In making his case against Cruz, Joe said "there's a reason why in 2008 there was not a single Republican representing anybody in all of New England in Congress." Kind of strange tarring Ted for the absence...