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Celebrity Editor Tina Brown Lays Waste to Trump's Strategy for Governing

"I'll do what I like; sue me," isn't going to work for a president.

Photo Credit: Women in the World / Twitter

Three weeks after Trump's inauguration, Women In the World founder Tina Brown joined MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to break down how the president has been making it easy for the opposition to gain traction. 

"What I find really interesting is that during the campaign Trump really created a whole new brand of anti-political correctness," Brown began. "This was his brand, so when everybody screamed... the media, the Democrats... every time he said something horrendous, like about Judge Curiel or... the Gold Star father [Khizr Khan], actually it worked for him because it kept on telling people 'I am happy to be politically incorrect, I will continue to double down on that, I'm not changing.'"

But the turmoil dragging down Trump's approval rating proves this strategy won't work going forward. 

"Now we have him as a president and this philosophy is just creating utter chaos," Brown remarked. "He doesn't seem to understand that now, the great pivot that we've kept hearing about has to actually happen or he's going to actually deflate himself."

"His whole philosophy [in business] was always 'I'll do what I like, sue me, I'll do what I like, sue me.' You can't do that when you're the president because you can actually be neutered by the Constitution," Brown added. 

Co-host Mika Brzezinski suggested that while Trump's penchant for surprise may work for reality TV, it's an awful strategy for the executive office. 

"Everybody's really nervous around him to the point where they're all not sure of their own standing, let alone the fact that he's the president of the United States... the flattery he must be getting, instead of reality, could be over-the-top to the point of destructive where he has no sense of what potentially the bad outcome might be," Brzezinski said. "This executive order, [for example,] was not thought out." 

MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin added that the unfilled jobs in the White House coupled with inexperienced hires have created a "moving target" for the administration. 

"If Trump doesn't start to adjudicate, if he doesn't empower somebody that is disciplined, it's going to be chaos and the clock's ticking on legislative agenda. He can't have chaos for much longer if he's going to get anything done," Halperin said. 

While neither Brown nor Brzezinski advocate for total obstructionism on behalf of the resistance, both praised the grassroots effort and unlikely heroes of the movement. 

"I have to say, this administration and some Republicans are making it easy for Democrats to look like heroes... they're going to be able to develop a database and a following," Brzezinski said. 

"There's a new class of hero being invented right now, which are lawyers and whistleblowers," Brown added. "Lawyers are turning into the kind of a great chorus... like 'let's defend the Constitution.'" 


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

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