By now, the whole world is aware of Donald Trump’s vicious, gross, and misogynistic attack on Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. In the heat of Trump’s nonsense that once again dominated the news day, Mika tweeted back a brilliant zinger, making fun of the ongoing “little hands” mantra regarding Trump:
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) June 29, 2017
However, on Friday morning, Brzezinski and co-host/fiance Joe Scarborough had a much more serious response to Trump’s latest Twitter antics: That the nation really needs to consider the mental health of the current sitting president. In a Washington Post column entitled “Donald Trump is Not Well,” the co-hosts write:
President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, “Morning Joe.”
The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika “neurotic” and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.
The president’s unhealthy obsession with “Morning Joe” does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs.”
Joe and Mika go on to correct the record regarding Trump’s assertions regarding Mika’s supposed facelift, and other details regarding the New Year’s Eve time at Mar-a-Lago. They also remind everyone that his behavior is not normal and should concern us all. Then, the couple turns to Trump’s decades-long pattern of behavior when it comes to women.
Now, Trump’s insanely vicious treatment of women is not a surprise. The man is a lifelong misogynist. We all heard him, in his own voice and words, brag about sexually assaulting women on that Access Hollywood tape, and we have all listened to him speak on shock jock Howard Stern’s show about walking in on naked teenage beauty pageant contestants. Given Trump’s pattern of behavior regarding women, there is no reason NOT to believe that he actually does those things. No matter what he said during the fallout of that tape during the 2016 presidential campaign, this is most likely not just, to use his words, “locker room talk.”
Joe and Mika conclude their column by saying that they have both known Donald Trump for years, long before he was ever a serious presidential contender, much less president:
We have known Mr. Trump for more than a decade and have some fond memories of our relationship together. But that hasn’t stopped us from criticizing his abhorrent behavior or worrying about his fitness. During the height of the 2016 presidential campaign, Joe often listened to Trump staff members complain about their boss’s erratic behavior, including a top campaign official who was as close to the Republican candidate as anyone.
We, too, have noticed a change in his behavior over the past few years. Perhaps that is why we were neither shocked nor insulted by the president’s personal attack. The Donald Trump we knew before the campaign was a flawed character but one who still seemed capable of keeping his worst instincts in check.
It seems that the relationship has soured, and perhaps that is for the best. After all, every rational human being who watched the 2016 Trumpster fire that passed for a presidential campaign, much less his actual so-called “presidency,” knows that Donald Trump should never have been so much as a serious contender, much less president. He is dangerous for the nation and the world, and he has forever debased our politics and lessened our standing in the world for the foreseeable future.
Thank you, Joe and Mika, for responding to Trump’s disgusting behavior with something he is not capable of: grace and class. Also, even more importantly, thank you for pointing out what no one in a position to do anything about it wants to admit: Donald Trump is definitely not well, and is dangerously unfit for the office he holds.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.