The set of “Morning Joe” opened up Wednesday with some mockery of President Trump’s very public argument with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer the previous day.
On set, co-host Mika Brzezinski rubbed in some extra salt in case the president was watching, by contrasting his personal character unfavorably to that of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“This is the type of wretched behavior that led to the Democratic landslide last month. There is no upside for Trump or his minions after that,” she said. “Instead, Mr. Trump embarrassed himself. He weakened Republican’s hand in the budget talks and drove a wedge between himself and the Senate Republicans whose support he will need if he is impeached by the house.”
“Contrast the buffoon we saw yesterday with the quiet heroism and professional of Robert Mueller, whose valor as a marine has been the through-line of his entire career,” Brzezinski added.
Also on hand, Joe Scarborough went into a lengthy explainer lauding Mueller’s Vietnam service — a war Donald Trump skipped out on as a young man as a result of “bone spurs.”
“Robert Mueller volunteered for the Marines after Princeton, but get this. He was at first ruled medically unfit,” said Scarborough, while also noting the former FBI director won a bronze star for his valor at Mutter’s Ridge. “Instead of saying that he had bad feet, bad knees, he spent the next year rehabbing his injured knees … so he could go to Vietnam.”
On Tuesday, Joe, Mika and all Americans got a look at what divided government in Washington will look like after Trump met with “Chuck and Nancy” in the Oval Office. As Vice President Mike Pence sat in frozen silence, Trump, Pelosi and Schumer traded barbs over federal funding for his wall along the Mexican border.
If left unresolved, the issue could result in a government shutdown. While Pelosi warned there would be consequences for a “Trump shutdown,” the real estate magnate ultimate embraced the term.
“If we don’t get what we want, one way or the other … I will shut down the government, absolutely,” Trump said. “I am proud to shut down the government for border security.”
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.”