'Morning Joe' Finds Little to Praise in Trump's Bombastic Speech to Congress
After watching President Trump's first address before Congress late Tuesday, the "Morning Joe" team remained hesitant to give the speech too glowing a review.
"I feel like this presidency is on delay," co-host Mika Brzezinski remarked. "Like this could have been a pretty good inaugural speech."
But co-host Joe Scarborough, who reportedly advised Trump post-election, warned of "normalizing" the sitting president.
“The normalization of Donald Trump is something that critics have feared,” Scarborough said. “I can tell you a week ago, when he is talking about the press being the enemy of the people, you had a lot of extraordinarily nervous Republicans and Democrats. This was Donald Trump normalizing Donald Trump. Last night, it was nice to be sitting in that chamber again and going, ‘Oh, OK.’ Republicans like this, Democrats hate this, Democrats like this."
For "Morning Joe," things being "almost normal" Tuesday night was a grim reminder of how low the bar has been set for Trump.
“Let’s be honest — there’s an element of grading on a curve here,” MSNBC’s Willie Geist pointed out.
“It was better than the speeches he has given in the past," he admitted. "And we said it’s normal and could have been Reagan, and that made it better than usual. That is true. But what I was struck by was that it was forward-looking."
"He has been so mired in an election he won and talking about his electoral margin, making up facts about that, fighting these petty fights with members of the press," Geist said of Trump's first five weeks. Now the question is, can he execute all of these plans? Of course, the devil’s always in the details."