“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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