“Morn­ing Joe” hosts: Don­ald Trump is not well

The Denver Post - - OPINION - By Mika Brzezin­ski and Joe Scar­bor­ough Mika Brzezin­ski and Joe Scar­bor­ough are co-hosts the MSNBC show “Morn­ing Joe.” Scar­bor­ough is a for­mer Repub­li­can con­gress­man from Florida.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald 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. De­spite his con­stant claims that he no longer watches the show, the pres­i­dent’s clos­est ad­vis­ers tell us oth­er­wise. That is un­for­tu­nate. We be­lieve it would be bet­ter for Amer­ica and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to “Fox & Friends.”

For those lucky enough to miss Thurs­day’s West Wing tem­per tantrum, the pres­i­dent con­tin­ued a year-long habit of lash­ing out at “Morn­ing Joe” while claim­ing to never watch it. Dur­ing his early-morn­ing tirade, Mr. Trump spit out school­yard in­sults about “low I.Q. Crazy Mika,” “Psy­cho Joe” and much worse. He also fit a flurry of false­hoods in his twopart tweet­storm.

Mr. Trump claims that we asked to join him at Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row. That is false. He also claimed that he re­fused to see us. That is laugh­able.

The pres­i­dent-elect in­vited us both to din­ner on Dec. 30. Joe at­tended be­cause Mika did not want to go. After lis­ten­ing to the pres­i­dent-elect talk about his for­eign pol­icy plans, Joe was asked by a dis­ap­pointed Trump the next day if Mika could also visit Mar- a-Lago that night. She re­luc­tantly agreed to go. After we ar­rived, the pres­i­dent-elect pulled us into his fam­ily’s liv­ing quar­ters with his wife, Me­la­nia, where we had a pleas­ant con­ver­sa­tion. We po­litely de­clined his re­peated in­vi­ta­tions to at­tend a New Year’s Eve party, and we were back in our car within 15 min­utes.

Mr. Trump also claims that Mika was “bleed­ing badly from a face-lift.” That is also a lie.

Putting aside Mr. Trump’s never-end­ing ob­ses­sion with women’s blood, Mika and her face were per­fectly in­tact, as pic­tures from that night re­veal. And though it is no one’s busi­ness, the pres­i­dent’s petu­lant per­sonal at­tack against yet an­other woman’s looks com­pels us to re­port that Mika has never had a face-lift. If she had, it would be ev­i­dent to any­one watch­ing “Morn­ing Joe” on their high-def­i­ni­tion TV. She did have a lit­tle skin un­der her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state se­cret. Her mother sug­gested she do so, and all those around her were aware of this mun­dane fact.

More sig­nif­i­cant is Mr. Trump’s con­tin­ued mis­treat­ment of women. It is dis­turb­ing that the pres­i­dent of the United States keeps up his un­re­lent­ing as­sault on women. From his men­stru­a­tion mus­ings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-sham­ing treat­ment of a for­mer Miss Uni­verse, to his brag­gado­cio claims about grab­bing women’s gen­i­talia, the 45th pres­i­dent is set­ting the poor­est of stan­dards for our chil­dren. We were heart­ened to hear a num­ber of Repub­li­can law­mak­ers call out Trump for his of­fen­sive words and can only hope that the women who are clos­est to him will fol­low their ex­am­ples. It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim the man­tle of women’s em­pow­er­ment while al­low­ing a fam­ily mem­ber to con­tinue such abu­sive con­duct.

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’ 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. Mac Tully, CEO and Pub­lisher; Justin Mock, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Fi­nance and Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer; Bill Reynolds, Se­nior VP, Cir­cu­la­tion and Pro­duc­tion; Judi Pat­ter­son, Vice Pres­i­dent, Hu­man Re­sources; Bob Kin­ney, Vice Pres­i­dent, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy

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