Joe and Mika Debate Whether Trump Is ‘Evil’ or ‘Horrendous’ for Democracy


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Morning Joe‘s debated whether President Donald Trump is “evil” or irrational and mentally unstable Friday morning. Shortly after Joe Scarborough tore into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for “lying through his teeth” to defend Trump, he spoke of how Mika Brzezinski reacted when she watched the president make some of his most recent, controversial comments.
“Mika was saying when he did that, she said, ‘This guy is so bad, and others say he’s so evil, he’s so evil.’ I said, ‘Well, yes, okay, I get what you’re saying,’ but wouldn’t a truly evil guy have answered the question to Lester Holt, ‘No, no, that’s not why?’ Wouldn’t a truly evil guy say to George Stephanopoulos, of course I would report it, in fact, I’ve hired three lawyers and they’re going to be scanning throughout the entire government, we’re going to have the toughest task Continue reading "Joe and Mika Debate Whether Trump Is ‘Evil’ or ‘Horrendous’ for Democracy"

Mika Brzezinski Criticizes Joe Biden’s ‘Weird Flip Flop’ on Abortion Rights


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Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski has been a notably vocal supporter of the political efforts of her friend, Joe Biden since he announced his candidacy, but a new poll showing dipping numbers had her offering some unsolicited advice to the former vice president on Monday morning, especially in the context of his apparent shift on abortion rights. Biden received fair criticism after he publicly changed his position on the Hyde amendment, which bans federal funding for most abortions. After getting hammered by many fellow Democratic candidates, Biden shifted his position, which pleased those who had criticized him over this controversial issue but raised questions about his prioritization of politics over policy. Brzezinski has often made clear just how much she is in support of her “friend” Joe Biden, but in this instance, she used a more prescriptive tone. “He put his heart behind the message and the decision he made Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Criticizes Joe Biden’s ‘Weird Flip Flop’ on Abortion Rights"

Mika Brzezinski Tries to Bait Morning Joe Panel Into Saying Trump Ruined Memorial Day, Flops


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Memorial Day always results in awkward cable news segments as the shows try to balance talking about the day but also serve the audience their usual fare and ratings-plays without it seeming like a cheap ploy. And in politics, partisans can have a tough time trying to balance talking about Memorial Day and veterans issues as it relates to their opponents while not coming off disrespecting the day or the fallen in a cheap shot. Frequently this doesn’t come off great. So the fact that Mika Brzezinski tried to get the first Morning Joe segment yesterday, a reflection on the day, to turn into a Trump-bash isn’t surprising in the sense of new or different, it’s was still notable for the clumsiness of her effort and the unwillingness of the two anti-Trump commentators to whom she directed her advances to cooperate. In fact, their answers were pretty remarkably not what Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Tries to Bait Morning Joe Panel Into Saying Trump Ruined Memorial Day, Flops"

Elizabeth Warren Critics Miss the Point: Starving Racism is More Important Than Winning Fox News Viewers


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Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is taking criticism from media figures like Mika Brzezinski and Whoopi Goldberg for her decision not to appear on Fox News, but those critics are ignoring or dismissing Warren’s powerful reason for that decision. The crux of the critique is that Democrats are missing an opportunity to reach a large audience, as well as to prove themselves in a crucible of adversarial fire from Fox News journalists. Both points of view were expressed by The View co-hosts Goldberg and Sunny Hostin, while MSNBC’s Brzezinski at least acknowledged Warren’s reasons before making the same point. Since DNC Chairman Tom Perez decided to exclude Fox News from debates, I’ve walked a wobbly line between schools of thought on this issue. While I agreed with Perez that the network has demonstrated an inability to “play it straight,” I remained persuadable that under the right Continue reading "Elizabeth Warren Critics Miss the Point: Starving Racism is More Important Than Winning Fox News Viewers"

Mika Brzezinski: Elizabeth Warren SHOULD Do a Fox News Town Hall Despite Their Peddling of Trump’s Racist Corruption


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One of the first rules of cable news punditry is to never take a “both sides” approach in analyzing the news; pick a side and fiercely stick to it. There are rare examples when that doesn’t apply, which Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski illustrated Wednesday morning in reacting to Elizabeth Warren’s announcement that she would not go on Fox News town hall, and laced into the largely conservative cable news outlet as a “hate-for-profit racket. Warren’s public dismissal of Fox News  — and the outsized ratings that their hosted town halls provide compared to their fellow cable news competitors — has sparked an interesting debate about Dems appearance on a network that features a vast majority of pro-Trump opinion programming. (By the way, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher was way ahead of this trend and wrote this piece three months ago.) Brzezinski opened by noting that “just because there’s a bunch Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski: Elizabeth Warren SHOULD Do a Fox News Town Hall Despite Their Peddling of Trump’s Racist Corruption"

Mika Brzezinski Rips Red Sox Players Who Visited Trump’s White House: ‘Stick With Your Team!’


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Morning Joe had a lot of mixed opinions about the Boston Red Sox’ visit to the White House. President Donald Trump hosted the team on Thursday to celebrate their 2018 World Series title, but manager Alex Cora and almost all the team’s black and Hispanic players refused to attend out of protest for Trump’s racist rhetoric. When Joe Scarborough talked about this, he wondered how this will impact the team going forward, called it a “segregated affair” and said “I don’t understand for the life of me why one white guy couldn’t have stayed back.” After Kimberly Atkins noted how Trump “thrives” on enflaming racial divisions in sports, Mika Brzezinski said she couldn’t understand why any of the Red Sox went at all instead of hanging back in solidarity with their teammates. “Why would anyone on that team go? Isn’t it all about unity?” she asked. Donny Deutsche Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Rips Red Sox Players Who Visited Trump’s White House: ‘Stick With Your Team!’"

WATCH: Morning Joe Absolutely Delights In Repeatedly Calling Trump ‘Biggest Loser’


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Morning Joe opened Wednesday’s show by focusing on the bombshell NY Times report that detailed President Donald Trump’s Billion dollar loss as a private real estate developer from 1985 to 1994. The report suggests that no one American lost as much money in that time as Trump (according to tax documents the Times’ reporters obtained) which the Daily News properly coined with their cover headline that screamed “Biggest Loser.” Predictably, both Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski appeared to take great join this embarrassing report for Trump, not worrying one bit about hiding any of their schadenfreude in delighting in reporting on it.  To be fair to the Morning Joe hosts, Trump has brutally mocked both, so their reaction to this report is completely understandable. What followed over the course of the two hours of broadcast, were numerous mentions of the phrase “Biggest Loser” complete with occasional “Price is Continue reading "WATCH: Morning Joe Absolutely Delights In Repeatedly Calling Trump ‘Biggest Loser’"

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Have Reportedly Been Trying to Help Mark Halperin Stage a Comeback


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Prior to his fall from grace, Mark Halperin frequently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Now, it appears the show’s hosts are looking to help him make a comeback. According to a report by the Daily Beast, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have been trying to aid Halperin in his comeback efforts by trying to create an online-only show with him ahead of the 2018 midterms. The Beast reports, through multiple MSNBC sources, Scarborough and Brzezinski did not seek approval from network executives to involve Halperin in the project, and the network later pulled the plug. Brzezinski also, according to the Beast, caught network honchos off guard on April 5 when she offered positive commentary about an appearance by Halperin on Michael Smerconish‘s SiriusXM radio show. Halperin has largely been out of the public eye after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the political commentator surfaced in late 2017. Continue reading "Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Have Reportedly Been Trying to Help Mark Halperin Stage a Comeback"

Coincidence? Trump Stops Massive ‘Re-TweetStorm’ Just After Morning Joe Tells Him They’re Ignoring Him


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Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough interrupted Morning Joe during a Wednesday morning segment to address President Donald Trumpwho just happens to be an avid viewer of cable news morning programs, including Morning Joe.  The reason for Team Morning Joe to stop their show and speak to the President directly? Well, for since the top of the hour, the Commander in Chief appeared to feel the best use of his time in the 6 AM hour was to retweet numerous tweets from what appear to be regular users who were expressing anger that the Firefighters Union had endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden over Trump. Trump retweeted dozens (?) of individuals each hitting the same note. Presidential twitter behavior often gets the attention of morning show hosts, but not this time. Well not exactly. Mika interrupted the show and she and her husband directly addressed President to Continue reading "Coincidence? Trump Stops Massive ‘Re-TweetStorm’ Just After Morning Joe Tells Him They’re Ignoring Him"

Mika Blasts Lucy Flores’ New Call for Biden to Apologize: ‘This is Completely Ridiculous…I’m Done’


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Mika Brzezinski made it clear that she has no more patience for the accusations against Joe Biden, nor does she think most Americans care about the commotion over the former Veep. Morning Joe held a discussion on Tuesday over the new interview Biden and his wife gave to ABC, during which, they fielded questions about Biden’s alleged unwanted touching over the years. As they finished running Biden’s comments, Brzezinski marveled at how much media attention has been put on his behavior, and then she tore into Lucy Flores for writing a New York Times op-ed that Biden has not sufficiently apologized to her and other women who’ve felt wronged by him.
“I can promise you, I know Joe Biden, he went up behind her and took a deep breath because he was about to go on stage. I want to explain that because there’s a woman who accuses him Continue reading "Mika Blasts Lucy Flores’ New Call for Biden to Apologize: ‘This is Completely Ridiculous…I’m Done’"

Mika Blames Trump For Release of Coast Guardsman Who Plotted to Kill Her Husband: ‘Got to be Kidding Me!’


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Mika Brzezinski was remarkably and visibly upset while introducing news that a federal magistrate said that the Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist was entitled to be released from custody before his trial on Thursday. Christopher Hasson has been in custody since being arrested in mid-February after prosecutors claimed he had created a hit list of prominent Democrats, social media executives and network TV journalists, including Brzezinksi’s husband and c0-host, Joe Scarborough. After introducing the segment and learning that there is no specific “domestic terrorist” statute that can keep Hasson under lock and key, Brzezinski asked “why?” before noting that “these are the things that you find after a massacre, and you go ‘oh these were the warning signs, they were right there!'” But she then revealed her emotional pique. “I say this as the wife of someone who is on that list so you Continue reading "Mika Blames Trump For Release of Coast Guardsman Who Plotted to Kill Her Husband: ‘Got to be Kidding Me!’"

‘Morning Psycho (Joe)’ Mocks Trump’s Twitter Slams: ‘He Just Can’t Quit Us’


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Morning Joe was amused more than anything else when they offered their first response to President Donald Trump‘s online slams against them. On Tuesday morning, Trump went on a full throttle tear against his media enemies which included these jabs at Morning Joe.

Mika Brzezisnki Reacts With Disgust to Sarah Sanders Interview: ‘So Gross’


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Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski reacted with disgust on Monday to the defense mounted by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on President Donald Trump‘s refusal to release his tax returns. In an interview on Sunday with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Sanders said she doesn’t think Congress is “smart enough” to examine Trump’s tax documents. “My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes,” Sanders said, “and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.” The remarks came up in Morning Joe‘s recap of the weekend, during which, Joe Scarborough laughed while Brzezinski recoiled and said: “This is so gross.” “Oh my gosh, sorry,” Brzezinski said to the audience. “I apologize.” “Sarah Sanders saying Congress isn’t smart enough to look through tax returns is like me saying somebody’s too Continue reading "Mika Brzezisnki Reacts With Disgust to Sarah Sanders Interview: ‘So Gross’"

Mika Tears Into Trump’s Family Separation Remarks: He’s ‘Lying Again to the American People’


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Mika Brzezinski blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his latest lies to the country in defense of his administration’s policy to separate migrant children from their parents. Morning Joe held a discussion on Trump’s latest White House pool spray, during which, the president claimed that Barack Obama was the one who started the policy of taking immigrant children from their parents at the border and throwing them in cages. Trump also claimed that he was the one who brought that policy to a halt even though he simultaneously defended its effectiveness while denying any intention of bringing it back. While its true that previous administrations did separate families to a certain degree, fact-checkers have already noted that those were isolated cases, that it was Trump’s White House that came up with the blanket zero-tolerance policy, and that a number of migrant families have yet to be reunited. As Morning Continue reading "Mika Tears Into Trump’s Family Separation Remarks: He’s ‘Lying Again to the American People’"

Mika Brzezinski Reveals She Has Story About Trump’s ‘Unbelievably Inappropriate Hug’


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As Donald Trump continues to swipe at Joe Biden over his physical conduct, Mika Brzezinski suggested on Friday that she has a story to tell about the president’s history of inappropriate behavior. As Morning Joe discussed Trump’s clap back on Barbara Bush‘s posthumous criticisms for him, Joe Scarborough brought up the video Trump posted on Twitter to make fun of Biden’s questionable physical interactions with women. Scarborough called out Trump for “hypocrisy,” saying “can you imagine the clips that are going to follow that? The words that are going to be put into the president’s mouth, probably with Billy Bush lurking around the back of his head, and Stormy Daniels and Playboy models…” After that, Brzezinski seemed to indicate like she had something to say about Trump on that front:
“It kind of makes me want to share the story about Trump’s unbelievably inappropriate hug in our studio”
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Mika Brzezinski Goes After Biden’s Accusers: ‘We’re Not Snowflakes…I Still Hope He Gives Me a Big Hug’


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Mika Brzezinski launched into a new defense of Joe Biden on Thursday as the vice president continues to field controversy over his questionable behavior with women. The conversation on Morning Joe gravitated around Biden’s new video where he addressed the allegations against himself while saying he’ll try to more conscientious in the future about peoples’ personal space. Brzezinski has been defending Biden’s physically-affectionate attitude throughout the recent commotion over the former veep, and today she wondered why Biden’s accusers waited until now to tell their stories.
“If you can go on national television and talk about Joe Biden putting his hands on your back and now you’re demanding an apology from him because what he said on Twitter is not enough, you probably could’ve told him in real time, and he probably would’ve said ‘I’m sorry, I was trying to be nice.’ It probably could’ve been finished right there. Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Goes After Biden’s Accusers: ‘We’re Not Snowflakes…I Still Hope He Gives Me a Big Hug’"

‘This is Ridiculous!’ Mika Brzezinski Goes Off On ‘Out of Control’ Conversation About Biden Accusations


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Mika Brzezinski gave former vice president Joe Biden a full-throated defense on Tuesday by lambasting the Democrats demanding that he stand aside ahead of the 2020 election. As Morning Joe discussed the most recent allegations of Biden’s questionable behavior, the panel wondered if his conduct is truly disqualifying under the current circumstances of the country’s political environment. When Joe Scarborough said that Biden needs to alter his behavior if he joins the presidential race, Brzezinski countered that it would be “sad” if the former veep is forced to no longer be physically affectionate with people.
“He’s a nice guy, he’s not a predator, and this is ridiculous. Let me just say it, this is ridiculous. It’s completely…the conversation has gotten out of control. And Democrats and those on the left who want to tweet me today and go nuts and get all woke, you’re eating your young. You’re eating those Continue reading "‘This is Ridiculous!’ Mika Brzezinski Goes Off On ‘Out of Control’ Conversation About Biden Accusations"

Mika Brzezinski Defends Joe Biden: ‘Extremely Affectionate, Extremely Flirtatious in a Completely Safe Way’


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Mika Brzezinski defended Joe Biden in light of recent reports of alleged inappropriate and unwanted affection shown by the former Vice President, who many believe to be a front-runner for the 2020 race for Democratic nominee. Biden is under media scrutiny after former Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores detailed, in a piece for The Cut, a very awkward and uncomfortable encounter she experienced in 2014. Numerous videos of a touchy-feely Biden showing affection towards women and girls have been used to show how he may cross lines have been shared, though one such recipient, Stephanie Carter, has since pushed back and claimed that it was “not a #MeToo moment.” Brzezinski, a consistent advocate of women’s rights, opened her defense of Biden cautiously, describing this as a “very extensive and careful conversation that we need to have.” She then defended Biden who she described as a Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski Defends Joe Biden: ‘Extremely Affectionate, Extremely Flirtatious in a Completely Safe Way’"

Mika Brzezinski: Speaker Pelosi Intends to Use ‘Full Force’ to Get Mueller Report Out


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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to use “full force” to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on the Trump-Russia investigation released to the public, she reportedly told Morning Joe‘s Mika Brzezinski in a private interview Wednesday. Brzezinski told Joe Scarborough this morning that she had spoken to the Speaker regarding a book she was writing when Pelosi began discussing the Mueller report. “I asked her if she’d be using her powerful platform as Speaker of the House to call on the Attorney General to release the Mueller report in its entirety, and this is what she said,” said Brzezinski, then turning to her notes and reading a transcript from Pelosi’s statement aloud. Pelosi had told Brzezinski she is willing to use “leverage” in getting Attorney General William Barr to release Mueller’s report and underlying documents, and that she intends to use “full force” in making sure the public Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski: Speaker Pelosi Intends to Use ‘Full Force’ to Get Mueller Report Out"

Morning Joe Shames Lindsey Graham For Admitting He Told McCain to Give Dossier to FBI: You Let Trump ‘Trash’ Him


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Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski lambasted Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday over his response to President Donald Trump‘s attacks on his late friend, John McCain. As Morning Joe reviewed the press conference Graham held on the conclusion of Robert Mueller‘s investigation, Scarborough focused on how Graham said he advised McCain to submit the Steele dossier to the FBI. That revelation drew scorn from Scarborough, since Graham remained mostly silent as the president attacked McCain because it was recently reported that the late senator passed the dossier to the FBI during the 2016 election. “That person has a lot to answer to to the voters of South Carolina,” Scarborough said. “We got to figure that out.” As Scarborough and his panel reacted to Graham’s admission, Brzezinski mockingly told Graham through the TV that he doesn’t have to worry because “Donald never watches our show…except every day.” Continue reading "Morning Joe Shames Lindsey Graham For Admitting He Told McCain to Give Dossier to FBI: You Let Trump ‘Trash’ Him"