“Washington always wins,” said MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough. According to the host, this is why President Trump can’t “drain the swamp,” as he vowed during the 2016 presidential campaign.
On Monday’s show, a political panel was discussing recent personnel changes within the Trump administration. Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked if Chief of Staff John Kelly can rein in Trump’s use of social media. But Scarborough said the bigger problem is Steve Bannon.
Scarborough said Kelly should lessen Bannon’s access to Trump because he’s pitting “Washington” against the president and “plays to Donald Trump’s worst instincts.”
Brzezinski wanted to be clear that despite Bannon’s influence, President Trump is ultimately responsible for spreading the message, and Scarborough agreed. But he persisted in his argument against Bannon, attributing several messaging tactics to him.
Scarborough said Bannon advised the president to “call the press the enemy of the people, attack the Intel agencies, talk about a deep state … do everything you can do to turn all of official Washington against you.”
“Washington always wins,” Scarborough concluded. “Washington will be around when Donald Trump is gone. The same systems will be in place.”
Scarborough knows about “the swamp” in Washington. The former congressman from Florida served from 1994 to 2001. He was a member of the Judiciary, Armed Services, Government Reform and Oversight, and Education committees. He was also one of the “new federalists,” a small group of young Republican congressmen who had some influence in Washington.
You can see this morning’s exchange in the MSBNC video below:
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