‘But wait — there’s more’: Morning Joe calls Trump campaign a Russian ‘money-making scam’ gone wrong
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough covered the latest bombshell revelations about President Donald Trump’s business dealings in Moscow with a running joke about infomercials.
Several news organizations broke stories Monday that show Trump was pursuing a real estate deal in Moscow nearly six months into his presidential run, and an email from his associate Felix Sater to his attorney Michael Cohen show the two men hoped to get campaign assistance from the Kremlin.
“It just keeps going,” Scarborough said. “You keep thinking they couldn’t have done anything dumber than this — but they just did.”
The “Morning Joe” host repeated his claim from the day before that Trump never expected to win, but instead ran for president to enhance his brand.
“This was all a money-making scam,” Scarborough said. “He thought Jeb Bush was going to beat him. He was going to — straight-out Steve Miller Band and ‘Take the Money and Run.'”
Scarborough and MSNBC’s Mark Halperin were astonished that Trump and his team initially lied about Donald Trump Jr.’s campaign meeting with Russians knowing that these business dealings had taken place months earlier — and would eventualy be revealed.
“They were lying over and over — ‘Oh, no contact with Russia,'” Scarborough said. “You know when you were ordering those Ronco knives, and halfway through the commercial they go, ‘But wait — there’s more?'”
They moved on to the email from Sater to Cohen, promising to get Russian President Vladimir Putin’s team to buy into their plan to get “our boy” Trump elected U.S. president.
“What did I tell you?” Scarborough said. “Did I tell you there was more?”
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle joked that viewers got a free blender with their infomercial order, and the normally deadpan Halperin joined in.
“You get a second Donald Trump Russia story, (but) you must pay shipping and handling,” Halperin said.
“All for $19.95,” co-host Mika Brzezinski joked.