Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser threatened the hosts of “Morning Joe” to issue an apology to Donald Trump or he would expose them by divulging information of their personal relations in the tabloids.
Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, attempted to blackmail “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski by demanding an apology for their critical coverage of Trump on their show or the National Enquirer would publish a story of their romance. Scarborough refused and on June 5, as promised, the National Enquirer published a story titled “Joe & Mika: TV Couple’s Sleazy Cheating Scandal.”
During their coverage, the MSNBC hosts called Trump’s mental state into question describing him as “not well” and “mentally ill,” while adding “he does not believe the rules apply to him.””I think he’s such a narcissist, it’s possible that he is mentally ill in a way,” Brzezinski noted. “He’s not well. At the very least he’s not well.”
Trump has used the Enquirer to bully his opposition since his presidential campaign began, notably when he used the media outlet to discredit his opponent Ben Carson. In an article in the Washington Post, the pair responded to insults and allegations saying that Trump has an “unhealthy obsession with ‘Morning Joe’ does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs.”
“We believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to “Fox and Friends,” they added.
Trump previously disrespected Brzezinski by outlining her as unintelligent and crazy saying “she was bleeding badly from a face-lift” during a visit to Mar-a-lago. On Friday Trump refuted the story, claiming he was asked to spike the story and he refused.
Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
The Enquirer later denied the link between the media group and Trump in a statement in New York Magazine.
“We have no knowledge of any discussions between the White House and Joe and Mika about our story, and absolutely no involvement in those discussions.”
Steven E. Johnson is a Mississippi-based author who covers social injustice and political issues for the Resistance Report. You can contact him at stevejlive at gmail dot com