Cable news host Joe Scarborough downplayed media speculation that President Donald J Trump is on the brink of being ousted from office Monday morning saying he [Trump] isn’t “going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere.”
The MSNBC host has certainly enjoyed the increased ratings that come along with that very speculation, but he was candid Monday about the logistics of a President Trump impeachment.
“This weekend, there seems to be a turn where a lot of people are negative, have started to talk about impeachment and have started to talk about that maybe he’s going to resign now,” Scarborough said on “Morning Joe.” “But he’s not going anywhere, is he? Where is this coming from?,” the host asked NBC political analyst Mark Halperin.
Halperin said that while President Trump is currently far removed from an impeachment, the negativity does have him on the defensive. According to Halperin, following his handling of the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump’s moral authority is in tatters with much of the nation. He thus has less leeway in the policy issues he wishes to tackle.
“People look at White Houses that play offense and defense,” Halperin replied. “What is on the list of playing defense? Afghanistan, North Korea, the Mueller investigation, the debt ceiling,” he added, referring to the special counsel’s probe of Russian meddling in the election and possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
“But that doesn’t mean he’s resigning or being impeached,” Scarborough injected.
“Of course not, but because he’s doing nothing on offense … and offense would be tax reform, would be front and center … because there’s no sign they’re doing anything on offense, it’s easy for the large percentage of the country: tens of millions of Americans who would like him to go,” Halperin explained.
But impeachment is still merely a hope of diehard liberals.
“I spent three days in Hollywood. They want to know ‘when’ is he leaving. It’s not ‘if.’ It’s like, ‘What is the date he’s out of office?’”
“You went to the heart of America,” Scarborough joked.
“I put my finger on the pulse of an important segment,” Halperin retorted. “They’re kind of the extreme case, 3,000 miles away. They simply want to know when he’s leaving.”
“He’s not going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere,” Scarborough concluded.
Reacting to the comments made on “Morning Joe,” the CEO of DML News, Dennis Michael Lynch, had the following to say:
“Morning Joe was barely breathing before Trump decided to run for office, but when Joe saw how popular Trump was as a candidate, he tried to latch onto him in a buddy-buddy sort of way. But Trump wouldn’t have it because he knew Scarborough was a hack. So, the tables turned on Joe. What was he to do? Scarborough realized there were better ratings for him in attacking Trump, day in and day out. It’s worked well for both he and the network. They are doing great selling hatred.
“Regardless of his meaningless TV show, the fact is, Trump is doing a great job as president. Perhaps he’s not the best in the communications department. But when it comes to keeping America safe, getting Americans back to work, and keeping score of the stock market boom and the borders being more secure, explain to me, Joe, why we want Trump to leave office. It’s all a bunch of hot air coming out of MSNBC.”
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