• ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Shred Trump for Bragging About Acing Cognitive Exam For People With Alzheimer’s (Video)
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    ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Shred Trump for Bragging About Acing Cognitive Exam For People With Alzheimer’s (Video)

    “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough spent a segment of Monday’s show tearing into President Donald Trump for bragging about his results on a cognitive exam for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.The duo was reacting to Trump’s Sunday interview on Fox News, during which anchor Chris Wallace pressed the president on a recent Fox News poll that showed more respondents felt presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had more “mental soundness” than incumbent Republican Trump.“Well, I’ll tell you what: Let’s take a test,” Trump said. “Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down. Joe and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took.”Wallace persisted, pointing out the test included questions as easy as identifying an elephant in a lineup and solving simple subtraction problems. But Trump, as he has often done when challenged on his claims, did not back down.“Because, yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t. They get very hard, the last five questions,” he said.Brzezinski uttered “Oh my God” in response to Trump’s defensiveness.Earlier in the broadcast, Scarborough said, “They give them this test and here we have the man running the most challenging job in government — not only in this country, but probably anywhere across the world — bragging about being able to identify a lion, a camel… and he says the last questions are, ‘tough, really tough.'”For the record, one of the final questions — as Wallace pointed out — is counting backwards from 100 by sevens.Also Read: Watch Chris Wallace Rebut Trump's False Claim That Biden 'Wants to Defund the Police' (Video)Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Shred Trump for Bragging About Acing Cognitive Exam For People With Alzheimer’s (Video) At TheWrap

  • Mika Brzezinski Explains Joe Scarborough’s Break From ‘Morning Joe’ This Week: ‘I Told Him To’
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    Mika Brzezinski Explains Joe Scarborough’s Break From ‘Morning Joe’ This Week: ‘I Told Him To’

    “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski took to Twitter Wednesday to explain why her husband and co-host Joe Scarborough has been absent from their MSNBC morning show for the last several days.“A word on my husband,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”Yes JOE is taking a week or to off – he may jump in-may not. The reason? I told him to. When he’s not by my side in the morning, I feel the void and realize his value all over again. For 13 years, Joe has been ANALYZING, ADVOCATING, PROGNOSTICATING like NO ONE can. Nobody comes close. This is rarely recognized btw-maybe because he makes it look so easy! This show has become a vital part of the political landscape. Joe created the platform, pitched to Phill Griffin – chose the players, and set up a GO-TO place for politics.”Brzezinski praised the former GOP representative’s dedication to the show and his role.Also Read: Joe Scarborough Questions Trump's Latest Move to Kill Obamacare: It Would Be 'Catastrophic' (Video)“Joe’s job is like juggling precious china and fire sticks. He puts himself out there because he LOVES politics, he LOVES his country. Joe has a quick intellect and passion for American history. It all makes him remarkably effective at speaking the ultimate truth to power!!” she wrote.In recent months, Scarborough used his platform to hammer the Republican party for its coronavirus response. Earlier in July, he opined that given President Donald Trump’s months-long insistence the coronavirus is going to disappear entirely, future historians won’t ever wonder why his polling was bad ahead of the November election.He and Brzezinski were married in 2018.Read original story Mika Brzezinski Explains Joe Scarborough’s Break From ‘Morning Joe’ This Week: ‘I Told Him To’ At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rails Against Fox News ‘Puppets’ for ‘Endangering Lives’ With Coronavirus Coverage
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    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rails Against Fox News ‘Puppets’ for ‘Endangering Lives’ With Coronavirus Coverage

    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski railed against Fox News and some of its hosts on “Morning Joe” Friday for being Trump “puppets” amid the coronavirus pandemic. She also used her Twitter account to repeatedly promote a “Daily Show” clip criticizing the network.In her monologue, she referenced Thursday night’s press briefing from President Donald Trump, during which he suggested that injecting disinfectant into human beings could kill the coronavirus, segueing into her Fox News critique: “We often try and sort of stay away from our colleagues in the business, but Fox News has several puppets for this president constantly going on the air, constantly repeating what he says verbatim, going after his quack ideas of hydroxychloroquine, trying to find quack people to put on the air to try and back up the president’s unimproved claims. Yesterday it might have been too much. It might have been too much to say that you should inject your body with disinfectant to try and get rid of the virus.”She went on, “There are some folks on Fox News that we usually stay away from who just take these ideas and run with them because it makes Trump happy, because they speak for him, because they speak on a daily basis and get their message straight.”Also Read: Fox News' John Roberts Shoots Down Coronavirus Conspiracy Theorists: 'There Is NO Vaccine'Brzezinski accused some hosts on the network of working “for” Trump in spite of her hope that “Fox News will do their best.”On Twitter, she promoted a “Daily Show” clip that showed Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs downplaying media coverage of the virus in recent weeks, writing a plea for her followers to share the video. Brzezinski then posted the same clip again and used the hashtag PawnHannity. Posting negative nicknames is a tactic often employed by Trump himself. Hannity himself has responded to the clip featured in the “Daily Show” montage, which shows him saying the virus response is a “hoax.” He told Newsweek earlier this month, “I never called it a ‘hoax.’ I said it was a hoax for them to be using it as a bludgeon on Trump.”She said, “we want the word to get out that there are some hosts and (of course the WH) who may been endangering lives from the beginning.”Watch the “Daily Show” clip, which she also promoted right on the show, below.Hi Twitter friends could you please retweet this and ask others to retweet as well — we want the word to get out that there are some hosts and (of course the WH) who may been endangering lives from the beginning. Please show this! pic.twitter.com/FjGxYbPzdk— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 24, 2020PawnHannity and others really misled many from the very beginning. Listen to their words, but watch with care. dangerous pic.twitter.com/FjGxYbPzdk— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) April 24, 2020Read original story MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Rails Against Fox News ‘Puppets’ for ‘Endangering Lives’ With Coronavirus Coverage At TheWrap

  • Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy
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    Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy

    On Friday’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough offered some on-air advice to conservative radio scion Rush Limbaugh, who’s been vocal about his doubts regarding the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: Bag groceries if you want to restart the economy.On multiple occasions, Limbaugh has cast doubt on the number of coronavirus deaths, saying on Tuesday “there may be some politics involved” in what he thought were overinflated numbers. Public health experts, of course, believe the opposite: There are more deaths than are being reported, but a lack of access to testing means some coronavirus-related deaths that should be counted are not. On Thursday, Limbaugh suggested that public health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who sits on the White House’s coronavirus task force, are “Hillary Clinton sympathizers” who want to “get rid” of President Donald Trump.In late February, Limbaugh called the coronavirus “the common cold” that was “being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump.”Also Read: White House to Conduct Coronavirus Tests on All Journalists Covering Daily Briefing“All of these Trump talking heads that are saying we should reopen the economy now, that Fauci — that it’s all a hoax? Hey, Rush Limbaugh? Why don’t you go to your local Publix and bag groceries?” Scarborough responded.The MSNBC host went on, with encouragement from co-host Mika Brzezinski, “If you think it’s such a great idea that we open the economy, you can lead by example by going to a grocery store and bagging groceries. You can do it today.”Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February by Trump, just one day after revealing his diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. Scarborough did face some criticism from conservative media for suggesting the sick host expose himself.Read original story Joe Scarborough to Rush Limbaugh: Go ‘Bag Groceries’ if You Want to Restart the Economy At TheWrap

  • Tucker Carlson: Chris Matthews’ Sin Was ‘Being Old and Unfashionable’ (Video)
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    Tucker Carlson: Chris Matthews’ Sin Was ‘Being Old and Unfashionable’ (Video)

    Journalists at MSNBC paid tribute to colleague Chris Matthews after his abrupt on-air resignation Monday night, and so too did Fox News’ Tucker Carlson … in his own way.“Boy, you never thought you’d see that happen. I’ve known Chris Matthews very well since 1995 when I started appearing on his show regularly. He’s everything you think he is. Groveling in the end couldn’t save him; it never does. I would say his real sin, of course, was being old and unfashionable. That’s why they’re making him leave,” Carlson said on his show Monday night.Matthews, who was identified Friday by reporter Laura Bassett as the once-unnamed “famous broadcast journalist” she had accused in a 2017 piece of making inappropriate comments to her when she was a guest on his show, quit Monday. In recent days, the “Hardball” veteran issued an apology to Bernie Sanders and his voters for comparing a Sanders caucus win to a Nazi victory.Also Read: Mika Brzezinski on Chris Matthews Resignation: I Understand 'Cancel Culture' But Is There a 'Better Way'?In his commentary, Carlson then asked why Joy Reid, another MSNBC host, was still on the air after her 2018 scandal involving old blog posts. Two years ago, the FBI investigated the possibility that Reid’s long-defunct blog was compromised by an “external party” responsible for the homophobic content in recently unearthed posts, according to the MSNBC host’s lawyer. Similarly, he brought up other NBC News officials and hosts who have had scandals associated with their names.“As long as we’re making people leave for moral crimes, you gotta wonder why is Joy Reid still on the air, who lied and got the FBI implicated in her lie? Or Noah Oppenheim, the buddy of Harvey Weinstein, or Andy Lack? Joe Scarborough still works there? Really? Amazing,” he said.Representatives for MSNBC and NBC News didn’t immediately return a request for comment.Watch Carlson’s clip above.Read original story Tucker Carlson: Chris Matthews’ Sin Was ‘Being Old and Unfashionable’ (Video) At TheWrap

  • Robert Redford Calls Trump Presidency ‘Monarchy in Disguise’
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    Robert Redford Calls Trump Presidency ‘Monarchy in Disguise’

    In a new op-ed for NBC News published Tuesday, Robert Redford called President Donald Trump’s administration a “monarchy in disguise.”The actor/director used words like “crisis” and descriptors like “dictator-like” to describe Trump’s “attack” on “everything this country stands for” in the piece for NBC’s “Think.”Redford wrote, “it’s time for Trump to go — along with those in Congress who have chosen party loyalty over their oath to ‘solemnly affirm’ their support for the Constitution of the United States.”Also Read: 'Morning Joe': GOP Support of Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Is Like 'Living in an Alternate Universe'His criticism of Trump-aligned Republicans is a sentiment often shared on NBC’s sister network MSNBC, where morning hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski regularly examine — and castigate — GOP officials who defend or otherwise fall in line with Trump.Redford’s assertion “it’s time for Trump to go” is also in line with findings from Fox News, whose polling department found earlier this month that 49% of Americans support the impeachment and removal of Trump. (That, of course, has earned Fox News considerable ire from the president.)Also Read: Fox News Continues to Stand by Polling Unit as Trump Again Takes Aim at 'Lousy' Poll Showing More Americans Favor ImpeachmentRedford added that when Trump was elected, he “honestly thought it only fair to give the guy a chance,” but soon the president began to “disappoint” and “alarm” him. Notably, he uses the op-ed to call for Trump to be ousted the same way he was brought in: Through defeat in the next election, not necessarily through impeachment.Democrats were not overlooked in the op-ed. “Instead of the United States of America, we are now defined as the Divided States of America,” Redford wrote. Leaders on both sides lack the fundamental courage to cross political aisles on behalf of what is good for the American people.”Redford ended the piece with a call to action: “Let’s rededicate ourselves to voting for truth, character and integrity in our representatives (no matter which side we’re on). Let’s go back to being the leader the world so desperately needs. Let’s return, quickly, to being simply … Americans.”A representative for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Read original story Robert Redford Calls Trump Presidency ‘Monarchy in Disguise’ At TheWrap

  • ‘Morning Joe’ Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of ‘Shamelessness’ After Impeachment Inquiry Vote
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    ‘Morning Joe’ Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of ‘Shamelessness’ After Impeachment Inquiry Vote

    On Friday morning, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” looked back on how the impeachment inquiry into President Trump is going, labeling the GOP shameless in its handling of the situation.“We’ve heard grave warnings this week about wild conspiracies profiting off the presidency and the one person in Washington turning the country upside-down,” said Mika Brzezinski.“Only those warnings weren’t about President Trump. They weren’t at President Trump and they weren’t coming from the Democrats.”Also Read: Fox News' Ingraham Defends Questioning Lt Col Vindman's Patriotism: 'Service Does Not Insulate Him From Criticism'After rolling clips of Republicans criticizing the impeachment inquiry and officials involved in it, Brzezinski suggested “that could be called ‘the art of projection.'”Joe Scarborough cut in: “It could also be called ‘shamelessness.'”Also Read: Impeachment Update: House Approves Resolution to Formalize InquiryThe former GOP representative noted, “Back in the late ’90s, during the last impeachment, there were a lot of Republicans who talked about ‘the death of shame.’ Even the New Republic talked about ‘the death of shame.’ Well, here we are 20 years later and there you see it among people who actually act like they’re in a personality cult, people who have spent their entire life enriched by their father’s last name.”He called it “breathtaking” that Republicans would vote against even an inquiry into “whether the Commander-in-Chief compromised national security.”Ultimately, Scarborough said, it’s “just sad.”“But you know what? That’s how they’ll be remembered by history and it’s not going to be pretty,” he concluded.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Accuses Pro-Trump Republicans of ‘Shamelessness’ After Impeachment Inquiry Vote At TheWrap

  • ‘Morning Joe’ Overwhelmed After ‘One of the Most Significant News Days’ in Trump Presidency
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    ‘Morning Joe’ Overwhelmed After ‘One of the Most Significant News Days’ in Trump Presidency

    The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” broke down for viewers Friday what it’s like to select a lead story for a morning show in the wake of a big political news day, which saw the death of a sitting congressman and the continued fallout from President Trump ordering that U.S. troops be withdrawn from northern Syria.Spoiler alert: It’s hard.Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked, “What do you lead with this morning?”Also Read: 'The President Show' Star Anthony Atamanuik Reads That Trump Letter to Turkey's President (Video)She then shared a series of Thursday night tweets from contributor Charlie Sykes, who wondered the same thing and listed all of the related headlines:Helluva news cycle: what do you lead with?*Mulvaney’s admission of a quid pro quo in Ukraine? *The G-7 Trump Doral grift? *Trumps awful Syria deal?… or *The president’s apparent endorsement of ethnic cleansing?*The apparent collapse of the Trump stonewall? *Rick Perry’s escape? *Sundland breaking with Trump story? *Elijah Cummings? *Romney’s dramatic floor speech on Syria?Also Read: Trump Still Most Tweeted-About Politician During 4th Democratic DebateBrzezinski noted, “And not on Charlie’s list: the admiral who led the raid to take out Osama bin Laden saying it’s time for a new person in the Oval Office as former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasts Donald Trump.”Co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out that with so much news to go over, the hosts and panel ran the risk of not conveying the seriousness. He worried that someone who just woke up and turned on the show might not realize “yesterday was one of the most significant days” in Trump’s administration.Trump’s decision to withdraw troops in northern Syria leaves America’s Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkish forces. This week he appeared to urge Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to invade and attack the Kurds, who have been an ally to America in the fight against ISIS.Read original story ‘Morning Joe’ Overwhelmed After ‘One of the Most Significant News Days’ in Trump Presidency At TheWrap

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Worried for Rudy Giuliani’s Welfare: ‘Someone Needs to Take Care of Him. It’s Abusive’
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    MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Worried for Rudy Giuliani’s Welfare: ‘Someone Needs to Take Care of Him. It’s Abusive’

    Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is so ubiquitous on cable news these days that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has asked networks to stop booking him because he will “willingly lie” to protect President Trump, but MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski wants him off TV for another reason.“Is there someone around him taking care of him?” the “Morning Joe” co-host asked Tuesday. “Someone needs to take care of him. It’s abusive.”Giuliani, 75, has been subpoenaed by the House in its impeachment inquiry into Trump. On Tuesday morning, “Morning Joe” played clips of him discussing the matter on Fox News.Also Read: Joe Biden Campaign to TV Networks: Stop Booking Rudy Giuliani“I actually feel sorry for the guy when I see him in the state he was in last night, when I see him shuffling around, confused,” said co-host Joe Scarborough. “I am just shocked and I know Republicans I’ve spoken with on the hill are shocked Donald Trump is letting this guy go out as a free agent, rambling around with apparently no game plan and no focus.”Also Read: Hillary Clinton Says 'Carefully Thinking Through' Isn't One of Rudy Giuliani's 'Strong Points' on 'The Late Show'(Video)Co-host Willie Geist agreed, asking, “I wonder who’s directing this operation? … Who said, ‘Let’s get Rudy on TV again?’ Is it to throw smoke screens up? Because every time he goes on TV, there’s another lie or another problem for Trump.”Scarborough lamented what he sees as Giuliani’s “decreased capacities” from when he was “America’s mayor,” calling it “sad” and “pathetic” to see what the lawyer has become: “Yes, it ruins his legacy, but more than that, I’m wondering who’s around Rudy Giuliani allowing him to continue to go out at night and embarrass himself on TV?”A request for comment from Giuliani was not immediately returned.Read original story MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Worried for Rudy Giuliani’s Welfare: ‘Someone Needs to Take Care of Him. It’s Abusive’ At TheWrap