President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said he failed the most basic tests of humanity, empathy and grace.
The president complained about the hurricane recovery cost, called 16 dead a “miracle,” urged one storm victim to “have a good time” and shot rolls of paper towels into a crowd.
But the “Morning Joe” hosts called attention to the way Trump appeared to not even recognize San Juan’s mayor, who apologized to him after enduring personal attacks from the president all weekend on Twitter.
“For people that are outraged that she apologized to him, your outrage should all be channeled toward the president of the United States, because he lacks any humanity,” Scarborough said. “He is the most graceless president to be in the Oval Office in our history. He turns his head and says nothing, because, at the end of the day, he is utterly devoid of humanity or grace.”
“It’s all about him,” Brzezinski chimed in.
MSNBC’s John Heilemann compared the president, who mouthed a silent thank you as the mayor apologized for her criticism, to a “Twitter troll.”
“The people who attack you on Twitter, the people who do these things, people who are vicious, they would never see those things, if you ever meet them face to face, they would never say to you things they would say online,” he said.
Heilemann said it was political “malpractice” if Trump failed to recognize the mayor, and he said it was cowardly if he did recognize her but pretended not to — and Scarborough questioned the president’s manhood.
“A lack of grace or just not man enough,” Scarborough said. “If he’s not going to be graceful, then be man enough to sit there and have a conversation — but he wasn’t man enough to do that.”
Brzezinski said the president had failed the most basic test of his abilities.
“This should be, in terms of presidential optics, the easy part,” she said. “This is about hugs. this is about warmth. This is about being the president coming in, swooping in, and saying that help is on the way. This is about making easy decisions about spending money in an area that is devastated. How is it that he is botching this so badly?”
“At what point do people within the White House and in Congress say, ‘We have someone who is dysfunctional as president?'” she added.
Polling expert predicts devastating Trump 2020 electoral wipeout: ‘RIP GOP’
Democratic pollster and strategist Stanley Greenberg went on CNN Monday to explain why he believes President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are headed toward a historic and humiliating defeat in the 2020 elections.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Greenberg discussed his new book called "RIP GOP" in which he makes a case that Trump's presidency has shifted public opinion in Democrats' favor while repelling moderate voters from the Republican Party.
"I think what happened going into 2016 is Donald Trump took over the Tea Party base of the party, allied it with evangelicals and took the party to a very extreme end," he said. "I believe... Donald Trump's election will speed the defeat of the Republican Party because of its dominance by the Tea Party and evangelicals, which won't consider compromise, which won't consider a multicultural America in a part of our future. And I also thought it would speed up the resistance and also people's consciousness of what they believe and their values, and all of that has happened."
Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all
Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.
Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:
It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.
Ex-Trump official warns against president’s Iran warmongering: ‘Predictable irrationality’
On Monday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's Iran diplomacy is in serious jeopardy.
"It’s a super serious situation, so I just want to talk very precisely," said Scaramucci. "There’s three issues going on now. One, because there’s a vacuum of leadership inside the White House. He’s more or less moved out everybody that could potentially disagree with him or offer some level of dissent. When the leader of the free world continues to use the words locked and loaded, it’s the opposite of somebody like Teddy Roosevelt. Speak softly and carry a large stick. And this is send out military threats over Twitter. It’s a precarious situation. I think it’s very, very serious."