In response to President Trump’s vile Twitter attack against them yesterday, the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, published an op-ed calling the president’s mental state into question.

Buried in the op-ed is a fresh accusation that Trump threatened the pair with a negative National Enquirer article unless they “begged the president to have the story spiked.”

Naturally, Trump could not let the accusation go unanswered with a tweet. Employing what Machiavelli might have called the I know you are but what am I strategy, the president tweeted this:

Much as in his notorious Twitter implication that he had “tapes” of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump seems to have not taken the time to think through the consequences of his lies.

Within minutes, Scarborough responded with this:

Once again, we find ourselves in an instance where the president lied, got called out, doubled down, and then got smacked down even harder by someone who had proof of the lie. If you’re hoping this time he’ll learn his lesson, you’re likely to be disappointed. More likely, we’ll wake up to a delusional Trump tweet tomorrow bragging that he’d planned the humiliating episode all along.

Deliberately or not, the episode is distracting Americans from the reckless Republican agenda, including the disastrous Trumpcare bill that would take away healthcare protections from tens of millions of Americans. Congressional Republicans complain about Trump’s tweeting, but with the 4th of July recess coming, they’re certainly hoping that Trump’s repugnant behavior will keep people away from their town halls next week and silence opposition to destructive policies./ BENJAMIN LOCKE

Prove them wrong.

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