‘Morning Joe’ Slams Trump’s ‘Insulting, Disgusting’ Sarcasm Defense Amid 50,000 Deaths
Hosts and guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe slammed President Donald Trump’s claim he was being sarcastic when he suggested injecting bleach to fight Coronavirus. Pointing out that it was an obvious lie, co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski agreed with guest John Heilemann that sarcasm would have been equally inappropriate.
“The other thing that makes me crazy is that the President gets on television and thinks this is the answer. His attempt to defang the problem is to say, ‘I was being sarcastic,’ right?” Heilemann said.
“So the President of the United States thinks it is better to make the argument that, in the time of a global pandemic, when there are 50,000 plus Americans who have been killed by this thing, that he’s using the White House podium for sarcasm. That’s what the President’s excuse is.”
First of all, it is obviously a lie. Put that aside. Even if it were true, the President thinks that makes him sound good, that he is taking the podium, in front of millions of people on television, and being sarcastic at this moment.”
“I mean, it’s just the most moronic thing I’ve ever heard. And it gives you some sense of just how adrift these people are that those are the two choices before us. Either I’m pedaling this dangerous, life-threatening misinformation, or I’m being sarcastic. Either one are totally beyond the Pale.”
“Everybody knows he’s lying,” Scarborough agreed. “His defense for lying is, ‘Oh, I decided to try to make light of the fact that 50,000 people are dying. And I decided this was the time to tell a joke.'”
“How insulting,” Brzezinski said. “How disgusting. Grotesque.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.