I’ve been meaning to write something like this and CNN’s Chris Cuomo did it for me. In a discussion about Sean Hannity’s status as an unofficial advisor to Trump, Cuomo correctly notes that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski played much the same role before suddenly turning on him later.
“Full disclosure, ‘Morning Joe’ is opposite us for MSNBC in the morning,” host Cuomo jumped in. “How is this different than Morning Joe?”
“Remember in the days of the glow, when Joe and Mika spoke to Trump all the time, they had him on, discussed what questions to talk about in the break. They were the Trump whisperers,” Cumo recalled before saying it was all about access to the president — and thus ratings.
“I was watching the headlines closely, because I believed it worked against us here,” Cuomo continued. “Because we didn’t have that kind of access because we weren’t all ‘mwah mwah mwah’ with Donald Trump all the time.”“And now it’s suiting them [Morning Joe] to do the opposite,” Cuomo accused added, “And that hasn’t been called out either.”
Joe and Mika are now among the most strident anti-Trumpers on cable news, but during the campaign they were very close to him. They were hanging out at Mar-a-Lago, meeting with him at Trump Tower, advising him on who to appoint to various positions. I don’t know what it was that caused such a huge shift for them. It’s good that it happened. But one has to ask why whatever it was wasn’t obvious while they were still palling around with him. Has he does anything in office that wasn’t patently obvious throughout the campaign? Could any observant, reasonable person possibly be surprised by almost anything he has done? Everything he is now, all the things they criticize him for, he was during the campaign, indeed long before that. Why didn’t they see it then? What took so long?
And Joe Scarborough remains incredibly irritating. He talks over Mika constantly, won’t let her complete a sentence without him interrupting. I don’t know how she doesn’t just slap him upside the head and tell him to shut up.