UPDATE: As Tim Graham, my former editor at NewsBusters, has pointed out, in 2011, MSNBC suspended Mark Halperin for calling President Obama a “dick” on Morning Joe. Odds that Heilemann [formerly Halperin’s close collaborator] suffers a similar fate for his slur? Slim and none.
In its unremitting attack on President Trump, Morning Joe might have hit a vulgar new low today when MSNBC analyst John Heilemann alluded to President Trump as a “total scumbag.”
Here’s the context: what changed Morning Joe from merely another MSM Trump antagonist into raging, Trump-hating fanatics was a 2017 Trump tweet claiming that Mika Brzezinski had turned up at Mar-a-Lago bleeding from a facelift.
So when Trump yesterday tweeted criticism of those who speculated that Melania’s recent absence from public view was attributable to a facelift, Morning Joe pounced. Scarborough and Heilemann unleashed a string of epithets, including Heilemann’s “total scumbag,” condemning anyone who would hurtfully suggest that a woman had a facelift. Although said in the context of those speculating about Melania, Trump was—as Heilemann later admitted—their real target (more…)