Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough's Responses to Trump's Tweets Detail a History of Disturbing Behavior

The 'Morning Joe' hosts explained a pattern of attacks on Brzezinski and a fixation with her blood.

Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough planned to go to Fenway Park on Thursday night before leaving town for the July 4 weekend but changed plans after President Donald Trump tweeted vile comments about Brzezinski (opens in new tab). The pair instead skipped the game and appeared on their MSNBC show Friday morning to address the tweets—and reveal disturbing details about their relationship with the president.

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The MSNBC show began with contributor Donnie Deutsch railing against Trump.

"He's a vulgar pig...I'm going to take the low road. He's physically disgusting to look at. I find it ironic the way he always has to go after other people's physical attributes," Deutsch started. "He's obviously not well. There's obvious misogyny, obvious vulgarity...he's not mentally okay. We have to start paying attention to it. Enough is enough with this vulgar, disgusting man. To talk about women that way? And the irony when you physically look like you do—beyond the stupidity, you're a pig, you're a bully and you're doing disgusting things to this country. It's time we all stop tippy-toeing. I'm taking the low road here."

During the 7 o'clock hour, Brzezinski and Scarborough joined the panel to address the president's tweets.

"We were supposed to be on vacation! It's been fascinating and frightening and really sad for our country," Brzezinski said. "I'm fine. My family brought me up really tough, this is nothing...Big picture: My father just passed away, my mother had two heart attacks, my daughter just lost a friend. Those are the things that deeply affect me. The president's tweets? That doesn't bother me one bit. It does worry me about the country. He seems to have a childlike ego with women—it's like he cant take it."

Scarborough explained that yesterday wasn't the first time Trump has obsessed over Brzezinski and, inexplicably, her blood. He talked about recently getting a call from a Congressman who relayed a story about Trump talking to him and 20 other Congress members.

"'He was vicious when he turned from you to Mika,'" Scarborough said, quoting the unnamed Congressman. "'He started talking about blood coming out of her ears, blood coming out of her eyes. I was scared for you guys, and I wanted you to know.'"

The cohosts, who are also engaged, then told a disturbing story about reporters from the National Enquirer harassing Brzezinski's teen daughters and threatening to run a negative story about Brzezinski and Scarborough unless they personally called Trump to apologize about negative coverage. Trump is friends with National Enquirer's publisher David Pecker.

"They said, 'If you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike the story,'" Scarborough said, without giving details about the article the tabloid was threatening to run. Brzezinski said, "Our response was, 'Screw it, let them run it.'"

The aforementioned attacks from the president on Twitter came after Brzezinski poked fun at the fake Time covers Trump has been asked to remove (opens in new tab) from his golf courses and hotels.

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Trump was apparently set off by Brzezinski saying, "Nothing makes a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day, and destroying the country."

"The Donald Trump we knew for the better part of 10 or 12 years was always in on the joke," Scarborough said on air Friday. "Somebody at the top of his campaign told me, 'We're all really worried about his emotional state. This guy isn't the same guy who used to be in on the joke.'"

Update: Of course Trump couldn't help himself and responded to the morning show hosts on Twitter Friday morning.

Scarborough quickly responded, claiming to have the receipts.

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Kate Storey is a contributing editor at Marie Claire and writer-at-large at Esquire magazine, where she covers culture and politics. Kate's writing has appeared in ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan, and her first book comes out in summer 2023.