Let's start at the beginning. During the election, Morning Joe, or at least Joe Scarborough, was very gentle when it came to discussing Trump. Since Trump became president, both Scarborough and his co-host (and fiancée) Mika Brzezinski have let their hair down, and become harsh critics of the authoritarian president. This seems to be confusing for Trump, as evidenced by his toxic Twitter tantrum this morning:
He doesn't watch anymore because they "speak badly of him." What was this speaking badly that got Trump's Made-In-China boxers all in a twist? Morning Joe reported on a Politico story that claimed Rex Tillerson yelled at a White House aide, and commented on Trump's apparent favoritism toward his son-in-law. From the Washington Post:
During the show Thursday, both hosts raised concerns about the president seeming to sideline Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in favor of allowing his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to act as a de facto secretary of state. Brzezinski said that Trump's behavior is unlike that of any president before him.
"Let’s say someone came into NBC and took over NBC and started tweeting wildly about people’s appearances, bullying people, talking about people in the competition, lying every day, undermining his managers, throwing them under — the person would be thrown out. It’s just not normal behavior. In fact, there would be concern that perhaps the person who runs the company is out of his mind."
There's quite a bit of truth in Brzezinski's statement. If the CEO of a company behaved the way Trump does, that person would be thrown out. Trump is not exuding the calm, rational pragmatism we expect from the president. He's a 3-year-old, screaming in the middle of the mall because he didn't get his way. And Mika Brzezinski pointed out Trump has the hands of a toddler, too. Behold her response:
Some Republicans are not pleased that their orange mascot continues to have toxic tantrums on Twitter. Bill Kristol, a man not known for his liberalism, called Trump a "pig." The White House however, in the form of the lovely and dishonest Sarah Huckabee, defended Trump's bullying, telling Fox Spews:
"This is a president who fights fire with fire and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by the liberal media and the liberal elites within the media or in Hollywood or anywhere else."
Yes, that's fabulous, because what we really need is a president with a hair trigger who launches salvos when his ego gets bruised.
And yes, Melania Trump did really state last fall that her platform as First Lady would be cyberbullying. Many people, myself included, fell down laughing at the irony of Melania being married to a cyberbully while claiming she would fight cyberbullying. That's like being married to a Grand Dragon in the Klan, and working to rename a street in your town after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In fact, Mrs. Trump is not just ignoring her own husband's cyberbullying, she's defending it. In a statement to CNN, Mrs. Trump's communications director said:
"As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder."
Carrier's laying people off after telling Trump they wouldn't lay people off, the rest of the world thinks we're insane, over twenty million Americans will lose access to healthcare once Trump's Death Care bill passes, and the Muslim ban went into effect today. And the president of the Divided States is attacking a female journalist on Twitter, ranting about blood.