Mika Goes Off The Deep End, Says People Voting for Trump Are Voting for a ‘Dictator’
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Another day, another outrageous comment from a "nonbiased" mainstream media anchor.
During a segment Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski reacted to President Donald Trump telling journalist Bob Woodward he downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak to prevent panic.
Brzezinski, a well-known anti-Trumper, declared that she hopes that Trump voters understand that they are voting for a “dictator.”
“People that vote for Donald Trump vote for Donald Trump for whatever reasons they want to vote for Donald Trump,” host Joe Scarborough stated. “I’m speaking mainly about my friends right now.”
“I just hope that they understand exactly what they’re voting for,” Brzezinski added.
Scarborough replied, “Well, they know what they’re voting for.”
“A dictator,” Brzezinski interrupted.
“And what they’re voting for is somebody who has autocratic impulses,” Scarborough continued. “And they know that. You have to know that. You have to know after four years of this that Donald Trump’s first instincts are always autocratic. His first instinct is always hostility to Madisonian checks and balances. His first instinct is always not to the common good, not to public virtue, not to what’s in the best interests of those who vote for him. It’s what’s in his best interest. They have to know that. And if that is who they choose to vote for, they are doing that willingly — voting for a man with clearly defined autocratic instincts.”
Trump's interview with leftist reporter Bob Woodward went viral last week.
Woodward released a snippet from the interview that features Trump trying to downplay the severity of the coronavirus back earlier this year.
Trump told Woodward in early February that the coronavirus was more fatal than the seasonal flu but then told the public that the flu was more serious than COVID-19 in March.
Almost immediately after the recorded interview went viral, White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci came to Trump's defense.
During an interview on Fox News' "The Daily Briefing," Fauci -- who has had a few reported spats with the president -- said he "didn't get any sense" that the president "was distorting anything" about the coronavirus pandemic.
The interview kicked off when host John Roberts asked Fauci if he thought Trump had played down the threat of the virus.
"No, I didn't," Fauci responded. "I didn't get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I'd hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, 'We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,' and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion."
Roberts also asked Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whether Trump broke with his advisers in trying to downplay the virus.
"You were there through that whole thing," Roberts said. "Was that the playbook or was that the president just going his own direction?"
"I don't think so, John," Fauci responded. "I don't recall anything different than in our discussions that we had with the president that he said things quite similar publicly."
During an interview last Wednesday night on Fox News, Trump told host Sean Hannity that he downplayed the virus in public because he did not want to cause panic or freaking people out.
The president said he was trying to display calmness and keep everyone together, which is certainly what a president should do.
Trump said it “wasn’t a big deal” that he spoke with Woodward and that he “almost definitely” won’t read the book because he “doesn't have time.”
Asked by reporters if he downplayed the virus or misled the public after the recordings were released, Trump told reporters, “If you said in order to reduce panic, perhaps that’s so.”
"The fact is I'm a cheerleader for this country. I love our country," Trump added. "I don't want people to be frightened. I don't want to create panic, as you say, and certainly, I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy."