If I could favorite Sen. Ted Cruz’s tweet from last night where he dropped a MOAB on Joe Scarborough over how he and Mika Brzezinski covered Trump’s presidential election campaign in 2015 and 2016, I would.
Scarborough, along with wife Brzezinski, are inarguably among the most smug and sanctimonious hypocrites in elite DC/NYC/Beltway media circles, and anytime they get called out for their duplicity and hypocrisy is a time to pop open the champagne bottles and clink glasses.
Here’s Cruz’s tweet again, for those who missed it.
Joe, you chased after Trump for 2 years like a teenage girl throwing her panties at the latest boy band; now you pretend to be this indignant paragon of virtue outraged at everything he says & does. All to get invited to DC cocktail parties & thrill the 13 people watching MSNBC. https://t.co/XG9P0Bwrbp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
After I read it, I took a trip down memory lane to refresh my memory on some of the more unseemly details of Joe and Mika’s cushy relationship with Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. And “cushy”, quite frankly, is an understatement.
This embarrassing video (h/t Joe Concha), I think, is especially noteworthy to share. Mika in particular gushed over Trump every chance she got, fluffing his hair during his appearances on “Morning Joe”, giving him lingering hugs, openly flirting with a married man running for president while she herself was married (not to Joe at the time) but in the middle of a divorce:
Trump one year in, we take a look at the stars who made Trump President!
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) January 21, 2018
Here’s another, where they were all talking about golf and Trump mentioned Mika’s golf swing and how bad it was during a warm and fuzzy segment featuring Trump’s older sons:
Maybe @Morning_Joe can do another puff piece with Trump, like 2016, and ask some of those questions. *not going to happen*.
Didn't Joe and Mika get a trip to Mir-a-Lago out of it? pic.twitter.com/CrG67pLwQ4
— observe_ct (@CtObserve) March 26, 2020
Here’s another one, where Mika and Joe were caught in a hot mic moment yucking it up with Trump and clearing with him what could and could not be asked when they got back from a commercial break:
The 2016 hot mic with Trump, and Morning Joe is still amazing. pic.twitter.com/LtE5CLIDDP
— observe_ct (@CtObserve) May 3, 2020
There’s so very much more where that came from, including a CNN write-up in February 2016 about how Trump’s and Scarborough’s friendship was an “increasing source of discomfort at NBC”, and a Rolling Stone article from around the same time that characterized Joe and Mika as “lapdogs” for Trump.
The three of them had highly-publicized fallings out later that year, and Mika and Joe tried and failed to patch things up with him a time or two, but no one should ever forget that the same two prominent media figures who make it a point each day to talk about how Trump is so “dangerous’ for the country were two people who even some Democrats credited with getting Trump elected in the first place.
He thinks we forget pic.twitter.com/lu1IahGgCu
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 8, 2020
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) May 9, 2020
Cruz was right. Own it, Joe and Mika. Own it.