“Morning Joe” went nuclear Monday morning as hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski openly talked about their fear of a U.S. war with North Korea.
Brzezinski — as is her custom — went further, saying she believed Trump was “excited” about the prospect of conflict and of deploying the U.S. nuclear arsenal to settle the dispute with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“I just think he wants to use nukes, that’s what I think he feels,” said Brzezinski. “You’ve heard him over the past year. He’s excited about the concept.”
The speculation came after some more somber invocations from Scarborough warning that unlike previous presidents Trump did not seem to have the same fear of global conflict.
“Unlike other presidents he is not limited by the fears which limited JFK or even Ronald Reagan … a fear of nuclear weapons,” he said. “You have reason to be scared of a war that could wipe out 500,000 people in a couple of weeks.”
Brzezinski’s warning follows reports from NBC News that Trump inquired about sharply increasing the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile earlier this year, and that he once repeatedly questioned generals about the practical use of nuclear weapons in conflict.
Scarborough closed out the doom and gloom with a warning about what extra-constitutional powers Trump might try to grab in the event of conflict.
“This presidency is so contemptuous of the Constitution,” said Scarborough. “We have to be very careful about what steps he takes at home domestically if he does start that war.”
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16 'Morning Joe' Trump Insults That Got Personal, From 'Schmuck' to 'Jackass' (Photos)
President Trump recently received a ton of criticism for sending out a pair of tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts “Psycho” Joe Scarborough and “low I.Q. Crazy” Mika Brzezinski.
“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift,” he wrote of an encounter with Brzezinski he claims he had in Florida weeks before his inauguration.
While nothing can justify the president mocking a woman's appearance, the "Morning Joe" duo have been attacking Trump for months.
Check out 16 recent times the MSNBC stars said something that Trump could have taken personally.
They compared him to Kim Jong-un
“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.”
Scarborough said Trump “is not a sane, rational human being”
“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.”