Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski implored President Trump to change the channel after his latest string of angry tweets about the show.
Trump on Tuesday morning tweeted seemingly out of nowhere that "Morning Psycho (Joe)" helped get him elected but that it's a "really bad show with low ratings" that pales in comparison to Fox & Friends.
Sorry to say but @foxandfriends is by far the best of the morning political shows on television. It rightfully has BY FAR the highest ratings, not even close. Morning Psycho (Joe), who helped get me elected in 2016 by having me on (free) all the time, has nosedived, too Angry...
....Dumb and Sick. A really bad show with low ratings - and will only get worse. CNN has been a proven and long term ratings and beyond disaster. In fact, it rewarded Chris Cuomo with a now unsuccessful prime time slot, despite his massive failure in the morning. Only on CNN!
The hosts of Morning Joe were quick to respond, with Brzezinski exasperatedly saying upon learning Trump had tweeted about them, "Tell him to stop watching. This is a sickness. He's got to stop."
Joe Scarborough sarcastically took the opposition position, thanking Trump for watching and for suggesting they're influential enough to swing a presidential election. He also mocked the president for being a "loyal viewer," saying he "watches every day" and "just can't quit us."
Scarborough embraced the "Morning Psycho" nickname, though, even instructing his producers to put a chyron on screen that read, "Morning Psycho Responds to Faithful Viewer." Brendan Morrow
President Trump's favorite morning show hosts think he listens way too much to people like them.
On Fox & Friends Monday morning, host Brian Kilmeade argued that Trump "cares way too much about people in the media," noting that the president is "not a candidate" and has "got to make some tough decisions," The Washington Post reports. The hosts had been discussing a back-and-forth between Trump and conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who had slammed him as the "biggest wimp ever to serve as president" after he agreed to re-open the government without receiving the $5.7 billion he has demanded for border wall funding. Trump didn't take kindly to Coulter's comments, saying in a Wall Street Journal interview, "I hear she's become very hostile. Maybe I didn't return her phone call or something."
Trump, of course, may have actually heard Kilmeade's plea Monday morning considering he's known to be a huge fan of Fox & Friends, and the show on many occasions has inspired early morning tweets of his. The hosts generally provide him with favorable coverage, although Kilmeade will break from the president every now and again, like when he called a possible national emergency declaration a "disaster." Kilmeade would apparently prefer, though, that media criticism like this not factor into the decisions Trump makes.
But with Trump having evidently been highly tuned into what pundits thought of his shutdown decision, going after some individual Fox News correspondents for their responses, it seems unlikely the president will heed Kilmeade's advice anytime soon. Brendan Morrow