Audio of a behind the scenes conversation between presidential candidate Donald Trump, The Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, and Joe Scarborough has surfaced. The audio offered a surreal look into the level comfort between the candidate and the liberal networks morning host. The MSNBC town hall was hosted by the pair and their softball questions raised a few eyebrows in liberal media outlets. The conversations took place between segments during the interview.
This isn’t the first time the trio have been linked in a compromising situation. There were also reports that were later denied that Mika and Joe were in attendance in Trump’s hotel room the night he watched the returns come in during the New Hampshire primary. Mediate.com transcribed some of the exchange in the audio:
“You know what I thought was kind of a wow moment, was the guy you brought up on stage,” Brzezinski began by telling Trump.
“We played it several times this morning,” Scarborough put in.
“I watched your show this morning,” Trump responded. “You have me almost as a legendary figure, I like that.”
After that, Brzezinski thanked Trump for agreeing to the interview. “You, you get great ratings and a raise,” he told her. “Me, I get nothing.”
“This will make us all look good,” Trump said, to which Scarborough replied, “Exactly.”
Scarborough and Trump then chatted about their thoughts on his most recent debate performance. “The next morning when I saw the CBS poll, I knew that the people who mattered didn’t think you lost it,” Scarborough said. “I mean, you came in a strong second. And I’ll tell you what was the most revealing thing was [Jeb Bush] came in last, the guy you attacked.”
Brzezinski then tried to ask Scarborough about a question she planned to ask Trump, trying to be discreet but eventually giving away the subject. “Do you not want me to do, the um, the ones with, um, deportation?”
“We really do have to go to some questions,” Scarborough responded.
“That’s right,” Trump agreed, before joking, “Nothing too hard, Mika.”
“Okay,” Brzezinski can be heard telling someone. In the end, there were no questions about immigration or deportations during the town hall. At the same time, Scarborough can be heard discussing potential questions with a producer, and Trump makes a comment indicating he can’t hear what they’re talking about.
At the next break, Scarborough again discussed the upcoming questions. “I’ll talk about the Ron Fournier thing,” he said.
“Oh god!” Trump responded. “Leave him out of it.”
“He understands now,” Scarborough said of the National Journal editor, adding that The Washington Post‘s Chris Cilizza “has completely changed.”
“Three months ago, he went home,” he said of Fournier. “He’s from Michigan, and he got an earful went he went home, and so he changed things. And what he said was, ‘I am no longer going to attack the people who support Trump.’”
“Nice beautiful question, Mika,” Trump said as an aside towards the end of the audio.
Given the left-wing slant of the MSNBC roster and that’s putting it nicely, this kind of collaboration between a Republican candidate and journalist is worth noting. Joe Scarborough is, of course, the resident Republican at the network but he’s almost made a cottage industry out of trashing anyone even remotely conservative.
Rumors have been swirling around the beltway for some time that Scarborough is angling for a cabinet position or a VP slot in a future Trump administration if he were to win, of course. This audio is certain to put the two host in a precarious position with the network and audiences as it pertains to objectivity. This, of course, is likely to be another feather in the cap of the Trump presidential campaign and his supporters. To everyone else, this is just one more red flag to add to a growing list of the many associated with the Donald.