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'Morning Joe' Reveals the Secret Panic of GOP Lawmakers After Trump's Unhinged Press Conference

“That would have been a really funny hour or so of television if he weren’t president of the United States."

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski weighed in on Trump's alternative press conference early Friday. Horrified by the president's narcissism and deceit, the "Morning Joe" hosts also revealed why Trump's "fake news" battle has just begun. 

“That would have been a really funny hour or so of television if he weren’t president of the United States,” Scarborough remarked. “It was one of the most chaotic, rambling press conferences anybody has ever seen.” 

"I do get good ratings, you have to admit that," President Trump said from the podium, offering his own brand of "fake news" with easily debunkable claims.

While broadcast media helped Trump get elected, Trump's disdain for the media only stems from the media finally catching up with his lies. Although it's too little, too late. 

"It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS," CBS chairman Les Moonves said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco in February 2016. A Harvard Kennedy School report issued four months later also revealed that "the volume and tone of the coverage helped propel Trump to the top of Republican polls.... The Democratic race in 2015 received less than half the coverage of the Republican race." 

Still, Trump's addiction to chaos probably hasn't yet hit his supporters. 

“They were laughing, and they weren’t laughing at Donald Trump — they were laughing at the media,” Scarborough said, with regard to the 70-minute presser.

On the other hand, "everybody I talked to on (Capitol) Hill, including a lot of Republican senators and congressmen, were scared to death by what they saw, and more than one said, ‘This just isn’t going to last long because he just doesn’t have control of reality,’” Scarborough pointed out.

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle added that “The No. 1 story is the stability of the president of the United States."

“The first 35 minutes of that press conference was watching a president of the United States who has lost a grip on reality,” Barnicle said. “It was as if he performed for himself because he needed to perform like that because he needed to convince himself he was president.”

Brzezinski noted that Trump "throws out shiny objects and lies to distract us," warning other journalists not to fall for Trump's tricks. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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