Mika Brzezinski Demands to Know When GOP Will Stand Up to Steve Bannon and Trump

Mika Brzezinski began Tuesday's "Morning Joe" episode by addressing Trump's baseless claim that his predecessor, President Obama, had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower.

"No one in the White House seem[s] to understand or appreciate the gravity of the claims," said Brzezinski.

The fallout from the President's accusation continued this week. The Trump White House has yet to produce evidence for the claim. 

"I think the president's tweets speak for themselves," Spicer said Monday when asked whether President Trump believes that President Obama committed a felony. 

"I have some reporting talking to people who are close to the White House or inside it, that the president actually knows he messed up and won't admit it," Brzezinski revealed. "All this while there is infighting, really serious infighting and jockeying for jobs... they don't even realize Rome is burning."  

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a frequent critic of Trump's, insisted Monday that the president must explain the reasoning behind the wiretapping claim which originated in a Breitbart article titled “Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump.” 

"I just don't know why there's nobody at the White House [to] walk down the hall [and say] ‘Mr. President, you can’t do this, this has to stop,'” Brzezinski said. “Whoever this person is [should say], ‘Steve Bannon has to go or I’m gone.’ When does that happen? When does somebody do the right thing and protect their own reputation and this country from this president?”

New York Times reporter, Jeremy Peters, added that the problem is media coverage of Donald Trump; in particular, framing him favorably for access. 

"This is one of the more troubling developments for the truth in American political discourse right now, is that even when the facts are not on Donald Trump’s side, there are people around him — in talk radio, in conservative media, on Capitol Hill, in his own West Wing offices — who will create their own set of facts to back up whatever outrageous claim he has made,” he noted.

"How can anybody trust what this president says?" Brzezinski asked.


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