In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump called into Friday’s Morning Joe to complain to host Joe Scarborough about not getting mentioned enough on the program. Seriously, I’m not kidding at all about this. No exaggeration whatsoever.
Scarborough began the interview with an easy softball question about Trump’s campaign not coming to an end, despite recent articles in The New York Times and the Washington Post. Instead of taking the free push and running with it, however, Trump decided to bite the hand with a giant, savory piece of meat in it:
TRUMP: Well I’m leading in all of the polls by a lot, and I was just listening to you Joe, and you know we love you and [Mika Brzezinski]. But I was listening to you talking about Bush and Rubio and a couple of others, and you sort of forgot to mention my name, even though I’m creaming them in the polls.
SCARBOROUGH: What are you talking about? What are you talking about? We’ve been talking about you for a week!
After a bit more of a back-and-forth, Scarborough went on to emphasize that Morning Joe was one of the first programs to take Trump’s campaign seriously — despite the shouts and gesticulations of others:
SCARBOROUGH: You aren’t really that thin-skinned, are you?
TRUMP: Yes, I am thin-skinned!
SCARBOROUGH: We’ve been talking about you so much. We are ravaged because everybody said that your campaign was a joke, that you were going to go away. We had one of the top editors in America come on three weeks ago, yelling at Mika, being offended and shocked. And then of course…
BRZEZINSKI: He stormed off.
SCARBOROUGH: …he put you on the cover of your magazine three weeks later. Stormed off. This is hilarious. You are incredibly thin-skinned, my friend.
If the PR-infused relationship between the Morning Joe hosts and Trump wasn’t already apparent, the interviewee went on to try and get Scarborough’s attention by repeatedly calling him by his full name, “Joseph.” Ugh.
Check out the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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