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Joe Scarborough: ‘Putin Has Something on Donald Trump…And It’s Bad’

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Friday launched into a monologue attempting to explain how he thinks President Donald Trump is seeking to overwhelm the American people with controversy — so that his biggest scandal of all goes unnoticed.

Following a discussion in which the Morning Joe panel was baffled as to why reporting that Trump paid off a porn star weeks before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an affair was not a bigger deal, Scarborough listed off a number of other controversies that have been almost forgotten in Trump’s first year in office.

Scarborough compared Trump’s “communication tactics” of “numbing the masses” to those employed by dictators like Hitler and Stalin.

“And you keep lying at the American people,” Scarborough continued. “And you flood them in so many lies… And you keep the steady stream up so much, that soon populations, religious leaders, civic leaders, editorial writers, newspaper editors, he hopes TV hosts, become numb to it. And so when something like this comes out, they just ignore it.”

Scarborough went on to argue that the Stormy Daniels story pales in comparison to “the biggest truth that Donald Trump doesn’t want out.”

“And that is that Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump,” Scarborough declared. “Vladimir Putin has something that he is holding over Donald Trump’s head. And it is bad.”

“So what is Donald Trump hoping? He is not hoping he can just brush aside a story of a porn star. He’s hoping when the truth comes out about what Vladimir Putin has and has had hanging over his head for decades, possibly, that we will all be too numb to notice.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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