MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough reminded viewers that President Donald Trump reacted to the 9/11 terrorist attacks by boasting about himself.
The “Morning Joe” host started out by paying tribute Tuesday to veteran New York Times reporter Adam Clymer, who died the day before at 81, by recalling an insult one of Trump’s predecessors hurled against the journalist.
“Of course, Adam Clymer famously burst into the 2000 campaign in an incident, a whispered incident, between George W. Bush and Dick Cheney,” Scarborough said.
A hot microphone captured then-candidate Bush calling Clymer a “major-league assh*le,” which the reporter considered a compliment.
“Rather than being offended, rather than being chagrinned, rather than being upset, Adam Clymer wore that as a badge of honor,” said MSNBC contributor John Heilemann. “He said if you’re going to be liked by everyone, you might as well be a driver for a Good Humor truck.”
Scarborough then turned the conversation to Trump’s reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
“It had to be a sober day for him,” Scarborough said. “It was so sober that in an interview, do you remember what he said?”
Co-host Willie Geist did remember, and he finished the story on the 17th anniversary of those devastating attacks.
“He called into WWOR and he said, ‘I guess my building is the tallest now,'” Geist said.
Scarborough picked the storyline back up, and placed it into context with tweets the president sent out Monday boasting about the economy — which both the White House and Fox News were forced to later issue corrections about.
“As the Twin Towers fell, Donald Trump chose that moment to say, ‘Well, I guess my buildings are the tallest now,'” Scarborough said. “He was, of course, not only extraordinarily insensitive and boorish, he was, as he is today, wrong.”
Economist mocks GOP for trying to pin racism on Democrats — after telling a harrowing story about anti-black economic envy
Economist Julianne Malveaux explained to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that there was a time in the United States where black Americans were actually closing the wealth gap with white Americans -- until white Americans rioted and burned their property.
During her testimony at a hearing on reparations, Malveaux recounted the horrific story of the destruction of "Black Wall Street," which was a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was known for its high concentration of black-owned businesses and black wealth.
The area's prosperity came to an end in 1921 when white Tulsa residents used baseless accusation of a black man sexually assaulting a white woman as a justification to chase out all black residents and set fire to their neighborhoods. Hundreds of black residents were killed in the riots and the majority fled the city.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle unloads on Democrats for letting Hope Hicks testify behind closed doors
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle questioned the purpose of Wednesday’s hearing with former White House director of communications Hope Hicks.
Hope Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee -- where she reportedly refused to answer many questions.
“Let’s be honest, why did Democrats think this was a huge break? Why did they think that Hope Hicks was going to sing like a bird?” Ruhle asked MSNBC national security analyst Ken Dilanian.
Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy is familiar: Troll the libs!
Late on Tuesday, I got an email from an unusual source. A reporter for the conservative publication the Washington Examiner asked if I'd be interested in sharing thoughts on Joe Biden's history of joking "about 'locking up your daughters'" and on "Biden's view of women and gender relations." This was in light of my previous criticisms of Biden's apparent condescension towards girls and women, and his pockmarked history on gender relations in general.