Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski Says Trump Critics Suffer From “Trump Derangement Syndrome”

Mika told guest John Podhoretz that she was just trying to help him get over his "Trump Derangement Syndrome" during a roundtable discussion.
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On Monday morning, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski had to do most of the heavy-lifting for GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump as her cohort, Joe Scarborough, wasn’t feeling well. While much of the program was dedicated to remembering Nancy Reagan and discussion of Sunday night’s Democratic debate, we were ‘treated’ to a number of Trump-centric segments.

One such segment was a roundtable discussion featuring the New York Times’ Anand Giridharadas, Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz and former Bush staffer Mark McKinnon. Podhoretz has been vocally critical of Trump for months, which came into play during this panel conversation. Mika, moderating the panel, started off the segment by engaging Giridharadas on his recent assertions that Trump is taking advantage of the naturally boring nature of politics, and that he’s distinguished himself by being interesting, regardless of how he’s done it.

Podhoretz joined in at that point. While he agreed with most of his colleague’s points, specifically that the former reality TV star was taking advantage of social media and boorish tactics to gain attention, he argues that the extremely crowded GOP field at the beginning of the campaign helped lead to the Trump phenomenon. Essentially, because there were 17 candidates at one point, Trump’s immaturity and outlandish behavior elevated him in a way that wouldn’t have occurred if it was just a handful of hopefuls running. He then highlighted how Trump’s popularity among Republicans has seemed to suffer over the past couple of weeks as the field has winnowed.

As Podhoretz continued to make the case that Trump might just be an anomaly due to the nature of this election, and that the further he goes, the less likely he can continue his successes due to their being less of an appetite for his boorishness, Mika started chiming in with a defense of The Donald. Noting that Podhoretz was not a fan of the celebrity billionaire, she stated that Trump had won over a significant segment of voters. She also claimed that many, if not most, of those voters weren’t bigoted white folks, but that he was appealing to a wide cross-section of America.

Eventually, Mika went after Podhoretz’s obvious dislike of Trump, and apparently wanted to get him to accept that the boorish real estate mogul was someone who should be respected and admired. She pointed to his success so far in the GOP primary, and his winning over of Republican voters, as proof that Trump and his positions should be taken seriously. After some more back and forth with Podhoretz, Brzezinski flatly told him that he needed to get over his “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” mostly because he feels that the Republican candidate is “disgusting and nauseating” and may have already destroyed the GOP. (She also defended Trump’s idiotic policy positions, saying they are just like “opening bids on real estate.)

We keep hearing from Joe and Mika that they are absolutely not in Trump’s pocket. That they aren’t carrying his water. That they aren’t in the tank for him. And every single day, we see segments like this on their show, or are presented with leaked audio or voicemails showing how chummy they are with him, or provided with reports of them hanging out in his hotel room. Sorry, but the proof is in the pudding.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:


Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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  • Global
    7 March 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Those who are in charge at NBC /MSNBC are either delusional or extreme conservatives in closet. I have been wondering why that show is occupying most of the morning hours of the network. Joe and Mika coddle each other like husband and wife. Mika is unable to straighten Joe up when he start to talk like a second grader in the school bus. Both disrespect and intimidate their guests, interrupt them anytime the guest try to bring wisdom into the conversation. Both are extremely rude. You are a very good guest for Joe if you have lots bad stuff to say about Obama and good for Mika if you speak low of Hilary Clinton. Both are rude, one dimensional on every issue. You can’t make this up and the truth in the pudding. Yet the network was busy letting Ed, Marisa Perry and host of the talented youngsters go. Well the rating is the twilit zone and it will not stop till the network come to their senses and get ride of Joe and Mika. They can always go and work for Trump their pal.

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  • Janet
    8 March 2016 at 10:07 am

    Thank you for bringing attention to the especially despicable behavior of Mika on yesterday’s especially despicable Morning Joe. I honestly could not believe how she treated John Podhorentz for expressing exactly the feelings most sane people have when faced with the thought of Trump as president. She should be ashamed. She should be held accountable for defending a man who spews vitriole and advocates violence wherever he goes. She should certainly be taken off the show. Indeed the network should replace Morning Joe with anything. The “news” network would do better with a few more episodes of Lockup in the morning rather than continuing The Donald Trump Fan Club show.

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    • VRW
      24 March 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Yes. It is hard to believe this is the same woman who wants you to “Know Your Value”. Her bias against Hillary almost seems personal.

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