MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski rarely goes off script during her co-hosting of Morning Joe, reading virtually all of her comments off a teleprompter with scripted remarks by the show’s producers.
Thursday provided an illustration of why Brzezinski is kept — either voluntary or otherwise — on a short leash during her early morning news media program, with the Morning Joe co-host descending into an incoherent monolog critical of President Donald Trump.
Brzezinski entered a discussion with co-host Joe Scarborough and guest panelist Jim Vandehei; all panelists providing their views on the origins of what they described as Trump’s presidential negligence.
Brzezinski made her case for Trump’s impeachment as a result of “obstruction of justice” or “abuse of power," describing the president as "mentally ill":
Well, I think he’s such a narcissist. It is possible that he’s mentally ill, in a way. And this is on the table, I said it months ago and now everybody’s starting to say it like it’s new and it’s okay to say. He’s not well. At the very least he’s not well, and he’s so narcissistic, he does not believe the rules apply to him. And that’s where the ignorance label may apply, because this is a man who says he can grab women anywhere, because he’s famous. He may think he can push around … Well, I think there’s an innuendo perhaps to the other sex. But, anyhow, everybody has their ideas about why he said what he said. But, the point is, that he feels he can say or do things that different than the norm because he’s famous, because he’s a celebrity, because he has power. And you know what? It’s going to come down to something. We don’t know if it’s obstruction of justice. We don’t know if it’s abuse of power. We don’t know if it’s utter stupdidty, but he may not be able to stay in that office. Nothing I have said is crazy.
"If it takes this pre-released testimony to see a pattern, here, Republicans, you got really thick heads," concluded Brzezinski, offering unscripted political guidance to the GOP.
During Brzezinski's freestyle monolog, Scarborough quipped: "I need an eject-button." He appeared embarrassed that his fiancee had gone off her leash.
Scarborough describes himself as a "conservative Republican," expressing support during last year's Republican presidential contest for Jeb Bush.
MSNBC presents itself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media outlet.
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