Joe Scarborough Doubts Trump N-Word Tape Exists: ‘He Did Not Say Racially Insensitive Things’ When I Knew Him
”That was not a part of Donald Trump’s personality,“ says the ”Morning Joe“ host
Jon Levine | December 28, 2018 @ 5:52 AM
Last Updated: December 28, 2018 @ 6:10 AM
Joe Scarborough closed out the last Friday of 2018 by expressing his doubts that any tape exists of Donald Trump saying the N-word, saying that the Trump he knew before the presidency did not make racially insensitive comments.
“He did not say racially insensitive things, at least around us, behind closed doors. In fact, if you just look at the women who he dated and continued to date, it certainly goes against that,” Scarborough said on set. “That was not a part of Donald Trump’s personality.”
Scarborough cited more than a decade of personal experience he and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski had with the billionaire before his rise to the White House and said racially divisive politics were a new feature of Trump’s persona.
Scarborough’s comments came during an interview with New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, whose latest story devotes more than 12,000 words to the history of Trump, Mark Burnett and “The Apprentice.”
Keefe said his interviews with former show insiders led him to believe that, while there may be thousands of hours of unseen “Apprentice” footage, the N-word tape is probably a myth.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about Trump using the N-Word,” Keefe told Scarborough. “I don’t know what I don’t know but having talked to a whole bunch of people about this, but I came out believing that tape doesn’t exist.”
Former White House aide and “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault said in her most recent book “Unhinged” that the N-word tape was real and that Trump said the word “multiple times” while on set. Many reporters have sought tapes of anything newsworthy Trump may have said in never-released outtakes from the show.
In 2016, Burnett and MGM, which owns his production company, released a joint statement saying in part that Burnett “does not have the ability nor the right to release footage or other material from ‘The Apprentice.’Various contractual and legal requirements also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material.”
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“This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way,” Brzezinski said on June 23. “It does feel like a developing dictatorship."
Brzezinski said what Bill Clinton was to sex, Trump is to "decency"
"What Bill Clinton did to the issue of sex to an entire generation, I believe this president is doing on issues of decency, on issues of conspiracy theories, on issues of fake news," Brzezinski said in June 15. "I think it's that simple and we're desensitized if we even argue it."
"If the president seems delusional about his accomplishments, you can point no further than that room," Brzezinski said in June 14. "There are no real men in the inner circle of the White House... none at all."
“Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough said on June 7 when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first hand.”
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“If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately… they would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO,” Scarborough said on June 6.
Scarborough called Trump a “bumbling dope” on May 11 because of the way a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister was handled.
“Looking at the front pages of the newspapers here… The Wall Street Journal also, you look, of course, at pictures. The shameful picture where the United States press corps was kept out but the Russians were allowed in,” Scarborough said while holding up the paper.
Scarborough slammed Trump on March 31, saying that Russians are lucky that POTUS is “stupid enough” to pick up their fake news.
“We’re obsessed on how the Russians have hacked, how the Russians have tried to impact this, how the Russians have tried to impact the White House,” Scarborough said. “We’re really just playing into their hands.”