President Donald Trump Tuesday morning tore into MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough on Twitter, accusing him of being "nuts" and declaring that "his mind is shot."
"Watched the first 5 minutes of poorly rated Morning Psycho on MSDNC just to see if he is as 'nuts' as people are saying," Trump tweeted early Tuesday. "He’s worse. Such hatred and contempt! I used to do his show all the time before the 2016 election, then cut him off. Wasn’t worth the effort, his mind is shot!"
He followed up the tweet about Scarborough with an attack on the "lamestream media" itself, tweeting that it is "amazing that I became President of the United States with such a totally corrupt and dishonest Lamestream Media going after me all day, and all night. Either I’m really good, far better than the Fake News wants to admit, or they don’t have nearly the power as once thought!"
Trump didn't specify in the tweet what had angered him about Scarborough, but in the opening minutes of the program, Scarborough compared the president to late Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and late Cuban Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara while talking about his handling of the coronavirus emergency.
Scarborough and co-show host and wife Mike Brzezinski struck back at Trump on the show, where Brzezinski called his tweets "childish," and they followed up on Twitter.
"Donald, thanks for being our most loyal viewer," Scarborough tweeted. "Now please get to work. Over 40,000 Americans have died from the pandemic. America has the most gifted scientists, doctors, and technology leaders. Please use them and take charge of testing so we can get America working again!"
Brzezinski tweeted to Trump that "since u are watching, can you imagine a president who would allow a pandemic to sweep in on his watch, fail to prepare, tens of thousands die, refuse to do national testing and drive the economy into the ground... Oh wait…"
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