UPDATED Joe Scarborough: Trump tried to blackmail me
MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski responded to Donald Trump’s deplorable Twitter attacks in this morning’a Washington Post:
The president’s unhealthy obsession with our show has been in the public record for months, and we are seldom surprised by his posting nasty tweets about us. During the campaign, the Republican nominee called Mika “neurotic” and promised to attack us personally after the campaign ended. This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked. We ignored their desperate pleas.
They also rigorously debunked Trump’s Twitter claims:
Mr. Trump claims that we asked to join him at Mar-a-Lago three nights in a row. That is false. He also claimed that he refused to see us. That is laughable.
The president-elect invited us both to dinner on Dec. 30. Joe attended because Mika did not want to go. After listening to the president-elect talk about his foreign policy plans, Joe was asked by a disappointed Mr. Trump the next day if Mika could also visit Mar-a-Lago that night. She reluctantly agreed to go. After we arrived, the president-elect pulled us into his family’s living quarters with his wife, Melania, where we had a pleasant conversation. We politely declined his repeated invitations to attend a New Year’s Eve party, and we were back in our car within 15 minutes.
Mr. Trump also claims that Mika was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.” That is also a lie.
Mika Brzezinski elaborated on the White House’s campaign against the couple:
“They [National Enquirer] were calling my children. They were calling close friends. And they were pinning the story on my ex-husband, who would absolutely never do that, so I know immediately that it was a lie and they had nothing.”
Here is what they said this morning on Morning Joe:
UPDATE: The sleazy National Enquirer, owned and run by a friend of Donald J. Trump named, appropriately, David Pecker, has promoted a salacious story (yaaawwwwn) about Joe and Mika to their web site’s front page. Raw Story tells you everything you need to know.