Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – 1/13/2020. Screen grab via CBS.
If broadcast journalism awards were given for least self aware morning political cable news talk show host, Joe Scarborough would easily be in contention every year if not named the outright winner. There are many reasons for this, but the primary one revolves around how he routinely badgers and chides Republicans for allegedly doing things he’s actually done himself (but don’t you dare call him out on it!).
The latest instance of Scarborough’s staggering lack of self-awareness came on Monday night when the longtime MSNBC talk show host appeared with his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. One of the topics discussed was, of course, President Trump and their visceral dislike of him.
During the segment where they talked about possible GOP Senate “defectors” on impeachment, here’s what Scarborough said, with an occasional chiming in from Mika:
So far, though, they have not seen any “courage” from Republicans, including those who are not running for re-election in the fall. “There have been some Republicans who will kind of go halfway there and then pull back,” Brzezinski said.
“That’s what I don’t understand, what job is worth selling your political soul for?” Scarborough asked. “You can look at the people who are running in Republican primaries, and you can predict what they’re going to do. It’s very disappointing.”
Watch a partial clip of the segment below:
— Kyle Drennen (@kjdrennen) January 14, 2020
After reading and watching the interview clip, some folks understandably had some thoughts and a few inconvenient reminders for Joe:
Mirror mirror on the wall pic.twitter.com/mHpgvehyNO
— Peloton Rider (@Riley94510202) January 14, 2020
No mirrors in the Scarborough household?
— JWCDeuce (@JWCDeuce) January 14, 2020
How many pieces of silver did @JoeNBC get when he was kissing Trump's butt? Anyone have a mirror handy? MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asks Republicans ‘what job is worth selling your political soul for’? https://t.co/iRCtCrVJRn via @twitchyteam
— Just Me–Text TRUMP to 88022 (@ocdred) January 14, 2020
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) January 14, 2020
This isn’t the first time Scarborough, who is now a registered independent, has leveled this accusation at Republicans. Back in May, he accused Sen. Lindsey Graham of “selling his soul” for Trump. Graham responded on Brian Kilmeade’s radio program by saying “The one thing I’m not going to worry about is pleasing Joe Scarborough, that’s not on my list.”
As I’ve noted before, who is Joe Scarborough of all people to be taking the moral high ground on so-called political hypocrisy and standing shoulder to shoulder with Trump? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to 2016, courtesy of Gregory Price at Newsbusters:
As the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Scarborough and co-host/paramour Mika Brzezinski did more than anyone in the media, including Fox News, to give Donald Trump an open and friendly platform to advance his presidential campaign during the 2016 GOP primary. Scarborough even bragged about how he would visit Trump to offer debate advice and once penned a Washington Post op-ed, claiming that conservatives who opposed Trump sounded like the “arrogant and unmoored left-wing pundits let loose on MSNBC during the Bush years.”
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 22, 2016
So assuming for purposes of discussion that Scarborough is right about Republicans “selling their political soul” because it benefits them to be seen as friendly to Trump, what does that make the 2016 version of Joe Scarborough? And what does his convenient about-face make him now?