CNN’s Byers and MSNBC’s Scarborough Fight on Twitter Over Trump Hotel Room Claims


On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski found themselves in a unique situation: having to explain their way through claims that they have been “supporters” of Donald Trump‘s. The real estate mogul, who finished first in yesterday’s New Hampshire Primary, ended a phone interview with the duo this morning, where he said “It was great seeing you, you guys have been supporters and I appreciate it.”

It resulted in some backpedaling by Scarborough and Brzezinski; Scarborough clarified on-air, “There were a handful of people who for six months have been saying what happened last night could happen, and the rest of the media world has been mocking and ridiculing what he’s done.”

But a few hours later, CNN’s Dylan Byers took to Twitter to mention this little bombshell from the campaign trail, claiming that sources indicate the Morning Joe duo watched election returns from The Donald’s New Hampshire hotel:

Within minutes, Scarborough aptly responded to Byers’ assertions, defiantly stating, “Your sources are wrong”:

But Scarborough wasn’t done, further asking Byers directly if CNN hired him only to “lie about Morning Joe”:

The exchange continued:

We will update this post as more developments take place in the Byers v. Scarborough battle.

UPDATE –– 3:04 pm EST: MSNBC issued a statement on CNN’s reporting. Here’s part of it:

CNN’s media reporter, Dylan Byers, is implying that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski watched election returns with Donald Trump last night in New Hampshire. That is not true.

The Morning Joe hosts instead did what anchors are supposed to do — they interviewed the candidate’s senior staff to get background information on their strategy in New Hampshire, and on their campaign’s plans moving forward in South Carolina. The staff then invited the hosts to get Mr. Trump’s reaction to the victory. That discussion lasted less than five minutes.

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