‘Morning Joe’ Spends Entire Program Sucking Off Trump And Childishly Taunting Cruz

‘Morning Joe’ Spends Entire Program Sucking Off Trump And Childishly Taunting Cruz

Morning Trump was in full effect Tuesday.

On the morning of a do-or-die GOP primary in Indiana, Joe and Mika treated us to an insufferable snarkfest that would have been better placed in a prep school dormitory as opposed to a morning talk show. A day after GOP candidate and Joe McCarthy acolyte Ted Cruz confronted a Donald Trump supporter outside a rally, the Morning Joe duo played a portion of the encounter and then acted like it was the goddamned funniest thing they’d ever seen.



While they would eventually show the entire back and forth, in which Cruz tried to tell some podunk Trump voter some facts about his hero only to be called a Canadian and have more insults tossed in his face, after showing a segment, Joe burst out laughing while Mika gave exaggerated facial expressions. The rest of the panel, which included known Trump ass-kisser Mark Halperin, also snorted and guffawed.

Now, let’s be honest here. Cruz didn’t come off all that well in the confrontation, something he obviously attempted to show he’s willing to speak to his opponent’s supporters. But, as much as it pains me to admit it because Cruz is one of the most reprehensible and toxic politicians in this country today, it was a noble effort. And it was something that he should be given a small bit of credit for.

Yet, not by the Trumpkins on MJ. Nope. They wanted to spend the entire program smugly telling their viewers how right they’ve been all along regarding Trump’s ascension to the GOP nomination. And when they weren’t doing that on the program, they were taking more cheap shots at Cruz, including bringing up the Carly Fiorina stage fall. Despite other camera angles showing Cruz was actually a few meters away from Carly when she accidentally fell off, Scarborough continued to act like Cruz just let her trip off stage.



One thing it would appear liberals and conservatives can come to agreement on is that Morning Joe has become unwatchable because of this warm Trump embrace. After Tuesday’s broadcast, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg published an article/rant calling the show the equivalent of Mean Girls. He pointed out that at one time, he dug the program, largely because he appreciated Scarborough pulling the conversation towards the right and forcing liberals to defend their positions.

However, Tuesday’s program showed him that they’ve become nothing more than condescending jerks who will spend all their time eye-rolling whenever someone suggests that Trump can’t win while worshiping at Trump’s feet.

From his article:


Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have taken to insufferable gloating about their prescience and condescending snootiness aimed at anyone or anything that might disrupt the Trump narrative they’ve bought into and helped to create. When it comes to the presidential race, the set of Morning Joe increasingly resembles the mean-girls table at the high-school cafeteria.

When a presidential candidate attacks Trump or simply proves inconvenient to Trump’s campaign, the response from the mean girls is typically, “Oh no she didn’t!” Mika Brzezinski’s favorite reactions to any suggestion that criticism of Trump will stick to him include eye rolls, poses of shock and disgust, and sarcastic bewilderment. Scarborough, meanwhile, loves to rehearse all the past times people said Trump was doomed and pretend in mock seriousness that this time he really is toast. The upshot is always the same: Nothing touches the Donald.

For instance, Scarborough and Brzezinski insist they’re not in the tank for Trump. I think this is . . . untrue. Yet their defense has superficial plausibility according to the normal rules of politics, because they have in fact criticized Trump for some of his comments in the past. How can we be in the tank if we’ve called his KKK comments “disqualifying”!?

Well, think about that for a second. If his comments were disqualifying, shouldn’t Trump be disqualified from being president? Good luck finding any suggestion that Scarborough and Brzezinski actually think that should be the case.

And that has been Morning Joe’s great gift to Trump. By constantly pushing the narrative that Trump is unstoppable, that he’s “in a different league,” that he’s inevitable and on the right side of history, and, most importantly, that substantive criticisms of Trump just don’t matter, Morning Joe (and a great many others in the media) has been making in-kind donations to his campaign. The Morning Joe crowd and others hide behind their transitory and evanescent criticisms of Trump as proof they are being objective, all the while insisting that such criticisms are irrelevant because Trump is the fleshy manifestation of an Idea Whose Time Has Come.


Look, I hate the thought of agreeing with Goldberg, but he’s 100% correct here, and it’s something this site has tried to point out for damn near a year now. Morning Joe has been serving as a Super PAC for The Donald since he announced last June. Both Mika and Joe have bent over backwards to provide positive coverage to their friend, and now that he’s on the verge of securing the nomination, they can’t contain their joy.

At the same time, they will treat any and every one who doesn’t subscribe to their view that Trump is the NEXT BIG THING and our future Dear Leader with derision, giving them a dismissive ‘tsk tsk’ while Joe points to Donald’s poll numbers.

This is the state of our news industry now. This is how far it has sunk. Celebrity worship, normalizing bigotry and encouraging willful ignorance. Get used to it. It’s only going to get worse. Morning Joe will be four hours on Wednesday.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, 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 resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.