MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host, Joe Scarborough, along with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, recently expressed concerns regarding Donald Trump’s health and behavior as he pursues a second term in the presidency. The discussion delved into Trump’s autocratic aspirations for another stint in the White House, with both hosts agreeing that the threat to democracy posed by these plans has not received adequate coverage.
Scarborough drew attention to a perceived media discrepancy, comparing the extensive coverage of Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “deplorable” to the relatively muted response to Trump’s use of Nazi terminology such as “vermin” to denigrate certain groups. This raised questions about the media’s handling of such language and its impact on public perception.
“I think it is normalization,” Goldberg said. “I think it’s this process where, one of the great attributes of human beings is we can get used to anything, right? So we got used to this, and we just accepted it as background noise. I mean, he does have these — this particular superpower, in that he goes further than anybody in rhetoric, and we kind of go, ‘Yeah, it’s just Donald Trump.’ We have to reverse that and just say, ‘No, no, no, no, no – this is a former president of the United States.’ If Barack Obama, if George W. Bush said the things, as a former president, not running again, that Donald Trump said, we’d have huge stories about, ‘Former president loses mind,’ right? Meanwhile, Donald Trump is the putative nominee for the presidency, and here we are. We act like it’s normal.”
According to The Raw Story on December 03, 2023, Co-host Mika Brzezinski emphasized the importance of addressing and reversing the normalization of certain behaviors, asserting that normalization is a dangerous precursor to more significant issues. The hosts highlighted the need for a critical examination of language and actions that could erode democratic values.
Scarborough further underscored his concerns about Trump’s behavior by drawing a hypothetical parallel. He questioned how the media would react if former President Barack Obama had made a statement suggesting the execution of a general, emphasizing the apparent disparities in media coverage.
In conclusion, the hosts expressed a collective apprehension about Donald Trump’s demeanor and its potential implications for the democratic process, urging a more thorough examination and coverage of such matters.