MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” namesake Joe Scarborough may run for U.S. president in the future, as he hasn’t ruled it out. However, a White House official thinks the show host and former GOP congressman “wanted to be president” and is salty that the job now belongs to Donald Trump.
Scarborough recently announced he would leave the Republican Party and become an Independent. A lengthy New York Magazine cover story by Olivia Nuzzi offers the possibility of Scarborough eventually eyeing the role of POTUS.
“He wanted to be president, and he’s not. And, of all people, Donald Trump is. This is crazy,” a senior White House official told Nuzzi.
Nuzzi wrote that Scarborough said he “didn’t rule out… running for president in the future” during the interview, although he was quick to mention he’s happy with his current life.
“It was never mentioned, never discussed, and anyone who ever said it is a liar,” Scarborough told Nuzzi. “No ambiguity there at all. I’m happy right where I am with Mika, music, and ‘Morning Joe.'”
Scarborough and the current president have a long history, as “Morning Joe” was particularly friendly to Trump during the Republican primaries but Scarborough turned on Trump once he won the election. Now Scarborough and co-host/fiancé Mika Brzezinski mock Trump on a daily basis, often questioning his mental health.
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.”