MSNBC's Joe Scarborough marveled at the way Stormy Daniels' attorney has beaten President Donald Trump at his own game and effectively frozen his presidency.
The "Morning Joe" host said Trump hadn't released a public schedule in nearly a week after the former porn actress described her sexual relationship with the president during a "60 Minutes" interview -- and he said her attorney Michael Avenatti was eating Trump's lunch.
"My gosh, this guy has done to Donald Trump -- and Stormy Daniels has done to Donald Trump -- what Donald Trump was able to do to people like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush and other political giants for a year and a half," Scarborough said, "and that is freeze them, tongue-tie them and get them trying to figure out, how do I respond to this -- because he has no response and he's hiding."
MSNBC's Mike Barnicle agreed that Avenatti had thrown Trump so completely off his game that he had effectively gone into hiding, and Scarborough said the president had lost control of the news cycle.
"This president has always been a perpetual motion machine as it pertains to tweets, press releases insulting statements, whatever it took to keep the news cycle going," Scarborough said. "He churned it up 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This week, since Stormy, silence."