Donald Trump and Joe Scarborough Feud Over Twitter

By Steven Klett
Steven Klett
Steven Klett
May 6, 2016 Updated: May 6, 2016

For this primary season, Joe Scarborough of the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” has been one of Donald Trump’s favorite host to call up and give an impromptu interview during weekday mornings. 

However, the candid friendliness between the presumptive Republican nominee and the show’s host boiled over in a Twitter battle on March 6, beginning with Joe Scarborough defending himself against criticism that he goes too soft on the Trump.

Throughout the primary season, Scarborough and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski have forcefully struck down criticism that their show favors Trump.

When defending the show’s decisions on how to cover Trump, the nominee decided to strike back against Scarborough’s defensiveness, pointing out the hosts’ failed endorsements and accusing the show of “rapidly fading” and looking for a third party candidate with a pair of tweets:

Scarborough responded with a barrage of tweets defending his show and pointing to higher ratings than CNN as proof that his show isn’t “rapidly fading”:

A Twitter user Lanre Ajibola responded to Scarborough’s post with a rhetorical question, “How does it feel to be on the receiving end of his childish antics after you acted as his cheerleaders?”

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple posted a video compiling a number of occasions that Trump has come onto the show and woo’d the hosts often accompanied with laughter. The video was in response to Scarborough cutting to commercial when Trump didn’t give straight answers to their questions. 

The video is called “MSNBC hosts not laughing with Trump—anymore.”

Steven Klett