Brzezinski Says She Knew She Was Provoking the President; 'We Sometimes Mock Him'

By Susan Jones | June 30, 2017 | 8:31am EDT
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough appear on Friday's "Morning Joe," delaying their vacation, to discuss President Trump's tweets of the day before. (Screen grab from MSNBC)

( - Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," appeared in the show’s 7 a.m. hour on Friday to discuss President Trump's tweets about "Crazy Mika" and "Psycho Joe."

Brzezinski said on Thursday, even as she was making fun of the president over a fake Time magazine cover hanging in his Mar-a-Lago country club, “I knew in real time that the president would be tweaked by that. And I wondered, oh boy, I feel there’s going to be a response.”

The response came shortly afterwards, when Trump tweeted: “I heard poorly rated @Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

"I think it's been fascinating, and frightening and really sad for our country, Brzezinski said on Friday’s show. "I'm fine. My family brought me up really tough. This is absolutely nothing...for me personally." But Brzezinski said she's "very concerned" about the country.

"We're okay," her fiancé Scarborough agreed. "The country's not."

Scarborough noted that he has “insulted” Trump over the “Muslim ban” and called him a “racist,” but “for some reason, he always goes after Mika.”

Trump is "so much more vicious with women," Scarborough said. He also discussed the president's apparent fixation with "Morning Joe," as relayed to Scarborough by a senior member of Congress.

Brzezinski said she has more important things to worry about:

Big picture, my father just passed away, my mother had two heart attacks, my daughter just lost a friend. Those are the things I'm really worried about. Those are things that really deeply impact me and, you know, leave me thinking about at night and hurting and worrying and thinking about the future.

The president’s tweets (she laughed), whether they're personally aimed at me or aimed at me in some way--that doesn't bother me one bit. It does bother me about the country... He appears to have a fragile, impetuous, childlike ego that we've seen over and over again, especially with women. It's like he can't take it.

The White House claims that we attack him: No, we report on his lies. We are upset when he doesn't tell the truth and bullies people. That is true. We sometimes mock him and have fun with things, like we did to President Obama with his bowling. And we were having fun with the Time magazine cover because it was hilarious that anybody would have their country club put up fake Time magazine covers of your boss -- or maybe an employer thought they needed to do that.

I thought it was hilarious. I still do. I stand by my joke. I knew in real time that the president would be tweaked by that. And I wondered, oh boy, I feel there's going to be a response. And I'll tell you, think about it. It is unbelievably alarming that this president is so easily played. He's so easily played. By a cable news host. What is that saying to our allies? What is that saying to our enemies, that this president is so easily played?

On Thursday’s show, Brzezinski was not joking when she criticized Trump on health care and his promise to “change Washington.”

“Why don’t you get another Time magazine cover?” Brzezinski mocked.

She was referring a recent report that Time magazine has asked Trump to remove from the walls of Mar-a-Lago a framed, fake Time cover featuring himself, hands folded into his jacket sleeves.

“Listen nothing make a man feel better than making a fake cover of a magazine about himself, lying every day, and destroying the country. It’s a good feeling,” Brzezinski said.

Brzezinski also riffed on Trump’s arms-crossed, hands-in-jacket-sleeves pose: “Well, he’s covering his hands here because they’re TEENSY,” she laughed.

Brzezinski and Scarborough were supposed to be on vacation Friday, but they agreed to come in for the show’s 7 o’clock hour to discuss in person what they wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, titled “Donald Trump Is Not Well.”

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