On Aug. 6, “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough tweeted that any business funding the Trump campaign is complicit with white supremacy. Scarborough tweeted:
If your business funds Trump’s campaign, then you are supporting white supremacy. Full stop. Look at his rallies. Listen to the chants of ‘Send her back!’ Hear the calls of ‘Shoot them!’ Your money funds that. You are complicit.
If your business funds Trump’s campaign, then you are supporting white supremacy.
Look at his rallies.
Listen to the chants of “Send her back!”
Hear the calls of “Shoot them!”
Your money funds that.
Your business supports that.
You are complicit.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 7, 2019
Scarborough tweeted this in light of Rep. Joaquin Castro’s (D-Texas) release of personal information about 44 San Antonio donors who contributed the maximum amount federally allowed to Trump’s campaign, $2,800.
Castro tweeted a graphic with the names and occupations of the 44 donors. The caption read, “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump … Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”
Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ, owner of the @HistoricPearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc.
Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’ pic.twitter.com/YT85IBF19u
— Joaquin Castro (@Castro4Congress) August 6, 2019
Scarborough’s tweet was incredibly hypocritical. If giving a platform to Trump is being complicit with white supremacy, Scarborough himself is a white supremacist. In fact, by Scarborough’s standards, based on the amount of air coverage MSNBC gave to Trump in the 2016 race, the entire network is complicit with white supremacy.
During the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, “Morning Joe” itself hosted Trump multiple times to discuss his viewpoints. A study on 2016 election coverage found CNN and MSNBC gave Trump three times as much coverage as Fox News did. Many credit his appearances there with helping fuel his early candidacy through “earned media,” or free advertising.
Estimates say mainstream media’s exposure of Trump in 2016 amounted to some $2 billion in in-kind campaign contributions. One study found that “a high volume of media coverage preceded Trump’s rise in the polls.” As David Harsanyi noted, Scarborough even went so far as to compare Trump to President Ronald Reagan:
[Scarborough] claimed, not so long ago, that Trump possessed Reaganesque qualities. ‘That’s Trump at his very best,’ Scarborough told his audience after the soon-to-be president refused to participate in a Fox News debate. He noted that the 40th president and populist billionaire had shown ‘strength in a time of weakness.’ It wouldn’t be the last time he made the comparison.
Before this symbiotic relationship took the convenient WWE good guy-villain turn — ratings versus fake news! — Trump was equally grateful for the fawning attention he received from his pals.
‘I watched your show this morning,’ Trump was taped telling Joe and his MSNBC co-host of Mika Brzezinski. ‘You have me almost as a legendary figure, I like that.’
Here are seven of the most notable softball interviews with Trump on “Morning Joe” during Trump’s campaign.
1. Donald Trump Announcing His Presidential Campaign
2. Donald Trump On Muslim Travel Ban
3. Donald Trump: ‘I’m Never Getting Out Of The Race’
4. Trump’s Reflections On Primary Debates
5. Understanding the Trump Doctorine
6. Trump On Ben Carson, Drug Use, And American Jobs
7. Donald Trump: Hillary Used To Call Me A Genius