Monday morning's episode of MSNBC'S "Morning Joe," hosted by Willie Geist, who was filling in for Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who are on vacation, featured a panel discussion which concluded with the prevailing sentiment that "America has gone off the reservation." Monday morning's episode took place less than twenty-four hours after Donald Trump tweeted a spoof video of himself "beating up" CNN - in an apparent celebration of his defeat of the "fake news media."
Trump also drew a barrage of criticism last Thursday, including from his fellow Republicans, after he called Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of the MSNBC "Morning Joe" program, "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and said she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when she visited his Mar-A-Lago estate around New Year's Eve.
He referred to her co-host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican U.S. congressman, as "Psycho Joe." The pair responded with an article in the Washington Post questioning Trump's mental health.
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“If you take just in isolation that whatever 15 seconds, it’s hard not to see somebody punching somebody in the face,” said panelist and political commentator Katty Kay.
“This is getting a huge amount of coverage in other countries and looks totally crazy. It really looks like America has gone off the reservation in some ways. I don’t mean the president. I mean the whole coverage of it, the fact that this is all that anybody is talking about at a time when there are huge issues going on around the world. this is pre-occupying the country.”