MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough continued to use his on-air platform to attack President Donald Trump and call for his removal from office.
The “Morning Joe” host ranted about the latest report claiming the president might consider the use of martial law to overturn the election, demanding to know what the good the 25th Amendment does the nation if it will not be invoked right now to oust the sitting president from office.
Scarborough brought up the state of the president’s mind during a discussion on Monday following an update by his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski regarding reports of a White House meeting at the end of last week.
The president reportedly met with attorney Sidney Powell, former national security advisor Michael Flynn, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as Rudy Giuliani by phone, on Friday to discuss the challenge to the election results.
Claims by reporters, such as the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, alleged that there was discussion during the meeting about deploying the military to overturn the election, a suggestion that was allegedly nixed by those in attendance.
Scarborough cited columnist Jonah Goldberg, paraphrasing a piece he authored last week claiming that “Donald Trump was out of his mind,” and “if he had told Republicans six months ago what Donald Trump was going to be doing now, they would accuse him of having trump derangement syndrome.”
“It’s gotten so bad they would have been shocked even six months ago and yet here they are remaining quiet for the most part and not calling him out for this,” he continued, adding that “now this weekend we hear about calling for martial law.”
He rattled off a list of offenses and actions that he attributed to the president as he pressed his narrative to viewers about a president gone rogue. Scarborough noted that “it is getting actually to the point where you just wonder if we shouldn’t just get rid of the 25th Amendment,” as he spoke with The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt on Monday.
“Because at any other time, any other sane time, it would be used to temporarily remove a president from office if he were talking about these sort of things,” Scarborough contended.
Schmidt chimed in to claim that “it is a fact at this point that if Donald Trump could, he would steal the election, and he would stay there, regardless of anything else.”
He characterized White House chief of staff and acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli, as “loyalists” for allegedly opposing Trump’s efforts.
While there was discussion about the contested presidential election at the meeting with Trump on Friday, former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne argued that there was no mention of a military coup or martial law, despite claims by the press that Flynn made the suggestion.
“I was there for the full 4.5 hour meeting. Claims military coup/martial law were discussed is 100% fabrication. Trump is lied to by his own advisers, who tell staff ‘get the president to concede’ while they stall Trump,” Byrne tweeted Sunday calling out “greasy slickster” Cipollone as the “leaker” to the New York Times.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 21, 2020
The latest round of attacks on the president include the narrative that his mental state is a cause for concern since he is surrounding himself with those supporting his election fraud claims. But, according to Byrne, Trump is being “betrayed from within” by the very White House staff and those who are supposed to be advising him.
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