It must be something in the water at MSNBC.
First we had Chris Matthews, who used to be an intelligent, thoughtful advocate but, over time, has become unhinged and ridiculous.
And now we see that continuum repeated for Joe Scarborough.
His latest tirade – seconded of course, by the me-too crowd of regulars on the morning show he co-hosts with Mika Brzezinski – who he ended his marriage to be with (they are now engaged) is seen below, via the transcripts supplied by newsbusters.org’s Chris Reeves:
SCARBOROUGH: And Mika, the, the reason that he did this was obvious. He, he wanted to disprove Michael Wolff’s book.
SCARBOROUGH: He wanted to prove that he was in complete control of his mental facilities [sic]. And actually, what he did was show that he wasn’t.
Scarborough elaborated on why he thought that Trump’s conduct during the meeting “disproves” Trump’s sanity, mainly by mocking Trump as a mentally crippled old man:
SCARBOROUGH: Uh, he didn’t — he couldn’t keep up with where he was. He would, he would amble over and say what Democrats wanted to hear: Yes, I’m with you. I, it’s a-, i-, I — you know, I’m with you, and we should do this out of love. And then Kevin McCarthy would, you know, sort of-
BRZEZINSKI: [talking under Joe] We’ll do the path. We’ll do the path. Path is good.
SCARBOROUGH: -figuratively grab him by the shoulder and say, and say gran- — he’d go: [condescending, babying tone] Grandpa, come on over here. Let’s — come on.
BRZEZINSKI: Oh my god.
SCARBOROUGH: Come on paw — paw-paw, sit down here. Don’t hurt yourself. This is what you really believe. And then paw-paw would say: Okay, this is what I really believe. But grandpa kept kinda wandering back and forth. And, he had to be reminded time and time again-
BRZEZINSKI: [interjecting] Of what he believed. Yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: -by Republicans what he believed. So, the very thing he was trying to prove, he disproves.
After playing a selected compilation of clips primarily focusing on statements made by Trump during the immigration meeting, Scarborough approvingly noted how “the majority of Americans” would be happy with Trump shifting leftwards on DACA and comprehensive immigration reform, but couldn’t resist making a another flippant jab at the President’s mental health:
SCARBOROUGH: So, so Kasie, um, Kasie Hunt, um, you’re on Capitol Hill. Um, first of all, I, Re- — I, I, I’m gonna ask you in a second about how many Republicans’ brains exploded, uh, spontaneously, uh,-
BRZEZINSKI: [softly] Yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: -yesterday after hearing this.
KASIE HUNT: Everywhere.
SCARBOROUGH: So the Pres-, the President now supports — and I would say, um, the majority of Americans, if this ends up being his position, will go along with him and be glad that he is moderating and actually listening to other people other than the voices in his head and Steve Bannon. But he supports a clean DACA bill, a path to citizenship, and comprehensive immigration reform and has said, quote: “I will take” a heat, “the heat for that.” Now, there, w- — you never know what’s gonna happen with Donald Trump. Tomorrow he’ll g-, maybe he goes back into the rabbit hole and the same Republicans that misled him on health care, uh, will mislead him again on immigration.
In case you are unaware, Trump said at that meeting that he could see both sides, that the bipartisan group he met with made good points, and that he would sign whatever they jointly came together on, if he thought it was reasonable.
Does that seem unbalanced to you? Non compos mentis?
For the record, a great many media venues, including venues which usually cannot stand Donald Trump (think CNN, for example), complimented him on his performance at that meeting. But to Scarborough & Co., it – along with anything else Trump says or does – is straight out of Bedlam.
If this is where Joe Scarborough has descended so far, who is to say he won’t continue in that direction.
Maybe he and Chris can go on tour. I’ll bet Google – which is pretty much in the same ideological boat – will sponsor it if they do.