Saturday, July 01, 2017

Trump Tries To Blackmail MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Show

(This image of Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on "Morning Joe" is from

The mainstream media (and social media) have been full of news about Donald Trump's personal attack on Mike Brzezinski. It was not just unpresidential, but grossly misogynistic -- and it has been condemned by members of both political parties. It's as though Donald Trump is determined to put the American presidency down into the gutter -- simply because he is unhappy with the media reporting the truth about his failing presidency.

But we now learn Trump has done more than make nasty and bigoted remarks about the hosts of "Morning Joe". CNN is reporting that Trump actually tried to blackmail and bully Joe and Mika into calling him to make a personal apology for broadcasting the truth. He threatened to have an unflattering article about them printed in the National Inquirer if they didn't personally apologize.

But he picked on the wrong people. Instead of knuckling under to Trump's outrageous threats, they have just gone public with his threats and bullying -- and it looks like they have evidence to back up their claims. Here is how Political Wire reported the story:

Joe Scarborough said that “three people at the very top of the administration” threatened him with a bad story in the National Enquirer unless he apologized to President Trump, CNN reports.
Said Scarborough: “We got a call that, ‘Hey, the National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys…’ And they said, ‘If you call the president up, and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story.”
He added: “The calls kept coming and kept coming, and they were like ‘Call. You need to call. Please call. Come on, Joe. Just pick up the phone and call him.'”
When Trump denied it on Twitter, Scarborough responded: “Yet another lie. I have texts from your top aides and phone records. Also, those records show I haven’t spoken with you in many months.”

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