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Scarborough: Trump's 'Stupid Fights' Are 'Exhausting,' Tanking Ratings

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 07:35 AM

President-elect Donald Trump does not have to keep waging his "stupid fights" on Twitter as his inauguration day approaches unless he wants his poll numbers to keep dropping, and the battles are "exhausting," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Tuesday.

"There's so much other nonsense going on with all of these stupid — and they are stupid — fights," Scarborough said on his "Morning Joe" program. "Stupid fights with John Lewis, stupid fights with the intel community . . . he's going to be president of the United States, for God's sake. He doesn't have to fight everybody."

Trump has used Twitter in ways that have actually worked, including with his comments on Boeing's Air Force One fleet costs, which forced them to cut their initial estimates of $4 billion in half, and with Lockheed Martin, which Trump has attacked often for the costs to build the F-35 fighter jet.

Following the attacks, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said last week that the company is close to a deal to lower costs significantly for the next production lot of the fighter jets, and will boost hiring at its Texas factory.

"Politically, those sort of industrial policy arguments, economic policies on Twitter, that's a great bullhorn," Scarborough said Tuesday.

But Trump's continued fights are becoming "exhausting," Scarborough said.

"He's exhausting the American public before the day he's sworn into power," he commented. "He's president of the United States. He's used a time other presidents have used to see their poll numbers go up, he's had his drop pretty dramatically among independents."

Scarborough and the show's panel went on to discuss a Washington Post opinion piece, in which columnist Richard Cohen is haunted by the specter of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

"There are some jarring similarities — two big, fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents," Cohen wrote.

It took some time for Johnson to develop to the point he reached, but "Trump is already there," the piece continued.

Already, people like Rep. Lewis and others are saying Trump's presidency is illegitimate, and Cohen wrote an "air of illegitimacy clung to [Johnson] like an odor."

With Trump and allegations of misbehavior in Russia, the president-elect blamed others when he "ought to have looked in the mirror and wondered why he looks so ugly to so many people."

"Lyndon Johnson would no doubt warn Trump that he is already on thin ice and he will plunge through it the moment Congress takes the measure of his unpopularity," Cohen wrote, and even though Johnson had the potential for greatness, he eventually was "deemed capable of anything — of lying and perversion of all kinds. This is where Trump stands now."

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President-elect Donald Trump does not have to keep waging his "stupid fights" on Twitter as his inauguration day approaches unless he wants his poll numbers to keep dropping, and the battles are "exhausting," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Tuesday.
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