The Morning Joe team has enjoyed special access to Donald Trump and often served as cheerleaders on his behalf. Now they, too, are "scared" by Trump's presidency.
Even prior to the election, the majority of Americans feared a Donald Trump presidency. And since he has taken office, his approval ratings have remained at historically low levels, averaging 42 percent and, at times, even dipping below 40 percent (average for elected presidents in their first quarter is 63 percent).
And now, even Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have finally caught up with the majority of Americans.
After a weekend of alarming behavior by Trump, including raging at staff and tweeting false allegations of felony behavior against former President Obama, Scarborough and Brzezinski expressed actual fear about Trump's presidency. The pair previously served as advisors to Trump and generally gave him favorable coverage throughout the campaign and transition in return for special access and scoops.
Their change in perspective is a dramatic and significant reversal, as this exchange demonstrates:
BRZEZINSKI: Final thoughts this morning?
SCARBOROUGH: Well, I think you said it best when you said we are all scared. Obviously, this is, I think we reached a new low this weekend.
SCARBOROUGH: What about you?
BRZEZINSKI: Um, I had hope and an open mind, and I have lost hope completely and my mind is closed. This presidency is fake and failed. Mark Halperin, your thoughts? Can't really make it stronger than that.
HALPERIN: It's going to be fascinating to see what Director Comey and the Justice Department do today. He's thrown down the gauntlet and said this needs to be publicly denounced as false. And, if the Justice Department doesn't comply, the ball's going to be back in his court.
BRZEZINSKI: Mike Barnicle?
BARNICLE: As an American citizen, I want an explanation from the President of the United States why and how he could accuse a former president of committing a felony.
BRZEZINSKI: Joanna, you want to join in?
COLES: I’m not sure why we are surprised? There were warning signs along the way.
BRZEZINSKI: I had hope. I'm not surprised.
COLES: It's very hard for somebody who is 70 to change their mind or change their ways.
"We are all scared." Indeed, we are.
And now that the Morning Joe team has caught up to the same reality in which the majority of Americans are living, perhaps they will start speaking out on the need for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's corruption and ties to Russia and the other steps necessary to decide to remove Trump from office before he wreaks much more destruction.