President Donald Trump’s recent outbursts have been triggered by his all-consuming fears about the economy tanking his re-election chances, according to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
The president’s behavior has been even more erratic than usual this week, the “Morning Joe” hosts agreed, and they believe he’s worried about his sagging poll numbers and a possible recession on the horizon.
“That ‘genius’ is at a 36 percent now,” Scarborough said. “You’ve actually been saying for the past week or two that you believe that even his more unbalanced behavior that’s been noted by The Atlantic, and it’s been noted by Jonathan Lemire and the Associated Press, and it’s been noted by Gene (Robinson), and it’s been noted by conservatives.
“From the fascist chants of ‘send them back,’ to the dual loyalty press conference that he held outside the White House this week, you believe that he’s been hearing from his aides inside the White House for the last week or two more bad news coming on the economy, and it’s been your opinion that’s what set him off.”
Brzezinski agreed, saying that Trump fears possible prosecution by the Southern District of New York if he loses re-election next year, before the statute of limitations run out on his alleged crimes.
“Many believe it sets him off because if he loses re-election he’s headed to a, you know, to a bad place in his life,” she said. “You know, legal challenges awaiting him that would not be awaiting him four years later. So this is make-or-break for President Trump.”
Is Trump a master of ‘3-D chess’? Expert says nope
Politics is often conceived as a type of game. To win, a person or group must amass more power than the other players in order to advance their own goals. Victory can be achieved through cooperation with the other players, domination over them or some combination of the two.
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Alternatively, a person or group can decide not to participate in this current version of politics, while they seek to invent their own game with different rules.
‘Game changer’: Morning Joe panel nails Giuliani’s confessional outburst as evidence for Trump impeachment
Panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed President Donald Trump's phone call to Ukraine's president should be a "game changer" -- and was clearly "impeachable."
The July 25 call appears to have triggered a complaint from a whistleblower, after the president allegedly offered military and financial aid to Ukraine in exchange for pursuing an investigation into Joe Biden's son doing business there.
"It does feel like a moment in time," said MSNBC's Donny Deutsch. "We've sat on this set after so many Trump's snafus and this is it -- this is a game changer. If the Democrats can't smell this. I've been going all along, step away from impeachment because when it's a process thing, when it's campaign finance, this is the big one. If this is the case, this is the Super Bowl, and the Democrats need to pounce aggressively."
Mike Pompeo says US building anti-Iran coalition after Saudi oil attack
The United States said on Thursday it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and said it would meet any offensive action with a crushing response.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Trump, who has ordered more sanctions on Iran, wants a peaceful solution to the crisis.