Joe and Mika: Trump staffers threatened to plant tabloid stories about them (and they have proof)

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Daniel Huizinga / Flickr

There’s a new chapter to the current Donald Trump vs. Morning Joe drama. In a Washington Post op-ed, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough say simply, “Donald Trump is not well.” They publicly revealed top Trump staffers privately threatened them:

The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika “neurotic” and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.

Incredibly, Donald Trump himself responded on Twitter (where else?!) and confirmed that there was a conversation about a National Enquirer article. He also seemingly confirmed that he does have some editorial control over what goes in this tabloid!

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


Scarborough wasted no time in calling this a flat-out lie and said he has the receipts:

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.

— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 30, 2017


And right on cue this morning, check out the National Enquirer this morning:

National Enquirer website right now:

— Alex Koppelman (@AlexKoppelman) June 30, 2017


Back to the op-ed, Mika and Joe called his continued mistreatment of women as downright disturbing:

More significant is Mr. Trump’s continued mistreatment of women. It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women. From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children. We were heartened to hear a number of Republican lawmakers call out Mr. Trump for his offensive words and can only hope that the women who are closest to him will follow their examples. It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim the mantle of women’s empowerment while allowing a family member to continue such abusive conduct.

They encouraged Donald Trump to change the channel. Move on. Stop watching their show. For them, for the nation.

The president’s unhealthy obsession with “Morning Joe” does not serve the best interests of either his mental state or the country he runs. Despite his constant claims that he no longer watches the show, the president’s closest advisers tell us otherwise. That is unfortunate. We believe it would be better for America and the rest of the world if he would keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to “Fox & Friends.”

The National Enquirer has issued a statement saying they never threatened Joe or Mika. Of course, nobody accused them of doing so. The president’s staff is accused of making the threat. 

National Enquirer statement

— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) June 30, 2017


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