Morning Joe addressed President Donald Trump’s very-slurry Jerusalem speech, and the panel took to speculating wildly about his mental fitness.
The good folks at Morning Joe must have missed Mediaite’s investigation into Trump’s bizarre speech, which determined (inconclusively, of course) that his brief speech impediment was caused by his dentures trying to desperately escape from his mouth.
After playing a clip of the speech followed by a 1980s video of Trump speaking rather eloquently on world affairs, MSNBC analyst Steve Schmidt kicked things off by remarking this isn’t the first time the now-president is “clearly slurring his words.”
“I don’t know what the cause of it is,” Schmidt added, before noting that when the display is paired with alarming comments from Republican lawmakers questioning Trump’s fitness, as well as the rebuke of Trump from allies, “the question of his fitness, of his stability is in the air.”
“And it doesn’t get better when you see clear impairments,” he continued. “We don’t have updates on his health, we don’t know what’s going on… This is the man who commands America’s nuclear arsenal, and that video, that speech, that impairment is chilling.”
Mika Brzezinski added that Trump “seemed like he was hanging on to the prompter.”
“He’s struggling,” co-host Joe Scarborough said.
“There was a struggle happening,” Brzezinski concurred.
The panel went on to compare his behavior to his infamous water bottle performance from a speech in November, before MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle suggested that the metastasizing Mueller probe could be having a detrimental effect on the president’s health.
Scarborough wrapped things up by explaining that the reason he and fiancée Brzezinski don’t take Trump’s tweets targeting them personally (from the Mika “bleeding badly from a face-lift” tweet to the classic Joe murdered his intern one) is because they essentially feel bad for Trump for losing his damn mind.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
Correction 12:16 p.m. EST: An earlier version of this report misstated Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s relationship status. They are not married, they are engaged. This reporter made the mistake of assuming the couple’s romantic jaunt to the Cap D’Antibes was for a wedding, not a lavish engagement.
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