Joe, Joe, Joe… Really? Now you are outraged? I am a little confused. You are supposed to be a smart guy. You use your words well and pontificate with the best of them. You certainly like to think that you are out in front of issues and have a keen political sense. What happened with your party and with your new leader Donald Trump? You didn’t see this coming? Really? How could you not?

How could you not.

Was it because you were too enthralled with your role in helping to boost Donald Trump prior to the election? As far back as June of 2015, you were engaging this man and having a good ole time. Erik Wemple of The Washington Post wrote in December of 2015,

Ever since mid-June, “Morning Joe” has had a blast yukking it up with Donald Trump. The laughs, giggles and chuckles come when Trump tells a joke; they come when he makes an outlandish claim; they come when he introduces himself to the program over the phone, “Good morning, darling”; they come when the topic is one of his competitors or when the topic is a man in Trump’s company who is making a valiant attempt to learn English but hasn’t yet reached the level of “Ernest Hemingway” or when the topic is Trump’s “vision.”

Why was it funny then? At that point, he was already known for his disgusting attempt to delegitimize our first Black President. His misogynistic treatment of woman was well documented as he had spent years crowing about his sexual exploits. My god he even intimated that he would screw his own daughter if she wasn’t his daughter…

Your coziness with Trump was noted by your competitors and actually counted in terms of how many times you mentioned him. According to the Daily Beast,

“the media monitoring service TVEyes” … ” [Morning Joe] has mentioned Trump’s name more frequently than any other cable show since his June 2015 announcement of candidacy — 2,414 times compared to 2,181 on New Day and 1,472 on Fox & Friends; this, despite the fact that MSNBC programs as a whole have mentioned the thatch-roofed billionaire less frequently (9,749 times) than Fox News (10,446) and CNN (16,308).

I am not suggesting that you and President Trump are or ever have been friends. I don’t know. What I do know is this. Your self-described attempt to tell Donald Trump how to behave more presidential is key to your ego and key to how you got here. As a reminder, here is what you said at the 92nd Street YMCA in reference to Donald Trump, “I’ve actually called him up, and I’ve said ‘Donald, listen, you need to speak in complete sentences in debates.’ And he goes, ‘I’m up 30 points, Joe,’ and I’m like, ‘Good point, Donald,’” he said to laughter.”

You were willing to excuse his lying about President Obama and all of his other egregious behavior over the years. You thought it was fun until it wasn’t.

On some level, albeit a fundamentally unconscious one, its my opinion that you are now realizing that you were culpable in helping Donald Trump get elected President of the United States. You helped people to become comfortable with him. Dangerous and dark people aren’t fun. But, for many months before the election and each time he screwed up, you and some of your pals suggested that he would become more presidential. When he actually was elected you initially ignored everything else that had passed hoping that after knocking on the door 100 damn times that someone else other than a lying, egocentric, narcissist would answer.

You were wrong in so many ways. So what do you do now? Blame the Republican Party. In your op-ed in today’s Washington Post, you said,

President Trump’s Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution.

Did you just figure this out? You point out to your former party mates, that Trump was a “longstanding” Democrat as if they had been duped.

Last week’s Russia revelations show just how shamelessly Republican lawmakers will stand by a longtime Democrat who switched parties after the promotion of a racist theory about Barack Obama gave him standing in Lincoln’s once-proud party. Neither Lincoln, William Buckley nor Ronald Reagan would recognize this movement.

Calling out your fellow Republicans for doing what you did is the height of hypocrisy. You stood by Trump and gave him a platform for months. It was the subject of news reports and many columns as those around you questioned your ethics. Trump used you and won.

Your attempt now to disassociate yourself from this disaster is too little, too late.

President Trump scammed you and you helped to scam a nation.

I agree with you however on one thing. Republicans are shamelessly propping up a would-be dictator. I count you among them.

-Jan Harrison

 

 

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