MSNBC host Joe Scarborough unloaded on President Donald Trump on “Morning Joe” Tuesday, questioning the president’s mental health state and compared Trump’s recent statements about the Civil War to something a person with dementia would say.
On Monday, Trump questioned the need for the American Civil War, saying in an interview with SiriusXM that someone like former President Andrew Jackson could have negotiated a deal to prevent the war. However, as many people pointed out, Jackson died 16 years before the war began and likely would have been against abolition — the central issue of the war, after all, was about slavery — given that he owned more than 100 slaves.
In another unusual moment on Monday, Trump said he would be “honored” to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un under the “right circumstances.”
Emphasizing the fact that Trump pondered aloud why the Civil War wasn’t avoided, Scarborough said Trump’s interviews on Monday reminded him of his elderly mother’s struggle with dementia.
“My mother’s had dementia for 10 years,” he said. “That sounds like the sort of thing my mother would say today.
“It’s beyond the realm, and I’m not trying to be anything here but very direct. That’s something that a 5-year-old might ask, but that is not anything that any grown-up that I have ever been around in my entire life would ever let pass from their lips,” Scarborough explained.
Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe,” called Trump’s comments “disturbing.”
“What’s really concerning me is that there is no one, absolutely no one in the White House, who can get him to stop talking,” she said. “He’s blithering right and left, and I can only imagine that his staff is sitting there with their head in their hands, because no one can stop him.”
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian, told Politico that he believes Trump is suffering from a “confused mental state.”
“It seems to be among the most bizarre recent 24 hours in American presidential history,” he said. “It was all just surreal disarray and a confused mental state from the president.”
Jon Meacham, who is also a presidential historian and executive editor of book publisher Random House, doubled down on Brinkley’s comments during Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” panel.
“He’s just this steel ball that hits something, the bells go off, and then he bounces off and hits something else, and that’s not the most reassuring image you want in the nuclear age at the highest levels,” Meacham said.
Scarborough also criticized Trump for an odd interview he had with CBS News anchor John Dickerson.
During an interview with Dickerson in the Oval Office Monday, Trump abruptly ended the interview when Dickerson pressed him on his claims that former President Barack Obama illegally conducted surveillance on him.
“He just doesn’t seem to remember what he said just five minutes ago. He doesn’t know his own positions on a health care bill that he’s passing, he just seems confused,” Scarborough said.