You’ve Heard of the Comey Tapes now We Have the Joe Scarborough Texts
Call it the Trump Effect. That’s my answer to the Washington Post’s question on the EU’s suddenly recovering popularity.
“The E.U. has gotten much more popular. What happened?”
“The European Union, whose parliament meets here on the French border with Germany, has not exactly been popular in recent years.”
“Complaints about unelected bureaucrats, lack of transparency, compromised sovereignty, unrestricted migration and costly member obligations have all fueled Euroskepticism.”
“But it seems the E.U. has finally gotten its groove back.”
“Two new surveys find that over the past year, citizens of E.U. member countries have decided that maybe this whole European idea — the ambitious postwar project to promote continental peace and prosperity — isn’t so terrible after all.”
Ha! The EU is at 54% popularity in Britain yet it’s considered undemocratic to let the Brits have a revote on Brexit. Hm.
If 54% actually approve of the EU, isn’t that the majority, and isn’t it undemocratic to force them out of the EU?
“What’s going on? How did the E.U. turn its reputation around?”
“To some extent, Europeans may simply be realizing that the grass isn’t actually greener on the other side — the other side being, in this case, life outside the European Union.”
“Britain’s upcoming exit has led to political chaos and economic uncertainty, not to mention sagging consumer confidence and departing jobs. Tens of thousands of jobs may leave London’s financial sector alone.”
“The same Pew survey found that majorities of nearly every country say Brexit will be bad for both the E.U. and Britain. Even a plurality of Brits believe Brexit will end badly for them. (Greece, which was threatening to “Grexit” the euro zone before departure portmanteaus were cool, is the only surveyed country in which a plurality believes Britain will be better off.)”
“The Post doesn’t mention it-though ‘life outside the EU’ may be an allusion to the Trump Effect. The thing is that anything compared to Donald Trump looks good. Remember what Rick Wilson says: Everything Trump touches dies. “
It’s true-every position he takes becomes a less popular position. On the other hand, things that weren’t previously so popular like Obamacare-and now the EU-suddenly get a new look.
If you want to understand the Trump Effect just consider how Trump looks in this whole despicalbe and sexist attack on Mika Brzezinski. It is striking how much it fits the pattern of what Trump said about Megyn Kelly back in late 2015-‘Blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever…’
What is it with him, female journalists, and his fantasy that they are always bleeding out of their face?
Meanwhile, we’ve gone from the Comey tapes to the Joe Scarborough texts.
Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
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. https://t.co/TZWiElo6Gs
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017
We now learn that the so-called POTUS planted stories in the Enquirer and tried to blackmail journalists.
And then there’s TMZ….
Oh my god – who is watching morning joe?? They were blackmailed by the National Enquirer via Donald Trump and his staff
— Linda G (@HopeSprings10) June 30, 2017
The National Enquirer called Mikas children with this fake news blackmail
— Linda G (@HopeSprings10) June 30, 2017
And-the owner of the Enquirer might by Time magazine.
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) June 30, 2017
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) June 30, 2017
“Joe Scarborough: I Updated NBC Executives In Real Time About National Enquirer Threat.”
“The feud between Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough, and Mika Brzenzski with President Donald Trump heated up on Friday morning when Scarborough related a possible blackmail story involving The National Enquirer.”
“According to Scarborough, White House staff called him and said the National Enquirer had a story about Joe and Mika they were going to run and that President Trump would have them spike it if Joe called the President and apologized for their coverage of the president.”
“I reached out to Scarborough and asked him about it and here is what he told me:
“NBC execs knew in real time about the calls and who made them to me. That’s why Mark Kornblau wrote about contemporaneous texts. I showed him and executives as they were coming in to keep them advised.”
Joe is referring to this tweet from Kornblau:
— Mark Kornblau (@MarkKornblau) June 30, 2017
It gets even better. Jay Caruso spoke to Morning Joe on the phone:
I spoke with Scarborough by phone as well. “The last time I talked with President Trump was after his address to Congress,” he said. “I spent five minutes in the Oval Office with him, and three other people were in the room with us. There was never a moment I was alone with him.”
Scarborough said the calls about the National Enquirer story started in late April and early May but that he never placed a call to President Trump. “I never called the President about this,” he said. “I challenge him to reveal any phone records showing that I called him. He can’t because I didn’t.”
As Caruso notes this is a very serious charge:
It is a very serious charge. The accusation is the White House used the National Enquirer to threaten and blackmail two journalists. The administration will likely face questions about in their latest press briefing and how they respond will be telling.”
If her foreign policy adviser and future NSC adviser may have colluded with Russia, she'd be impeached already
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) June 30, 2017
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