Did Joe Scarborough lose a bet? Owe a favor? Or is he doing some sort of social experiment to see if we would notice that he just aired an advertisement for General Electric on his cable news show because he can do anything he wants?
And now that it's perfectly normal for a Republican President to never show his tax returns or business interests, we can be sure Joe Scarborough can pull this kind of shite any time he wants without letting his audience know how many shares of GE he or his network presidents own.
The ad was aired in its entirety (I wouldn't clip it because unlike Joe Scarborough, I am totally willing to tell you I don't own any GE stock because war and since they aren't C&L advertisers, screw 'em) under the pretense that Joe wanted to illustrate the culture war between Trump voters and those "Vox writers" who voted not Trump.
SCARBOROUGH: The guy on the couch, the mom, they're from Oshkosh. They voted for Trump. And the son is sitting down, writes for Vox, and he thinks that people going and booing people is a noble thing to do and upholds the First Amendment.
MIKA BREZINSKI: That's so good!
SCARBOROUGH: Will you confirm the people on the couch are the reason Donald Trump will be president?
ED RENDELL: No question about it. And those are the people he should focus on. They don't care about Steve Bannon and appointments, they care about jobs. If he [Trump] was smart, he would do full speed ahead infrastructure and bring literally tens and tens and tens and tens of thousands of people back to work, post-haste, and he can do it.
For some reason Mika didn't pull out The New York Times editorial page and read Paul Krugman's column from today, "Build He Won't."
And we already know enough about his infrastructure plan to suggest, strongly, that it’s basically fraudulent, that it would enrich a few well-connected people at taxpayers’ expense while doing very little to cure our investment shortfall. Progressives should not associate themselves with this exercise in crony capitalism.
But hey, maybe Joe Scarborough owns stock in those "few well-connected people" that will get richer from Trump's plan, as well as stock in General Electric. Maybe Joe Scarborough talked with Donald Trump about getting richer in Trump's hotel suite the night before the New Hampshire primary. Maybe they shared stock tips when Scarborough stayed at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach between Christmas and New Year's last year. Maybe his tax cuts under Trump will be the best tax cuts, beautiful tax cuts. Almost as beautiful as Ed Rendell's tax cuts.
And the White Nationalist part of the Trump Presidency? Didn't bother the German industrialist collaborators. Won't bother us.
Is GE building the trains that will deport 11 million undocumented workers?
Were there any Jews or Muslims on your panel while you were airing the GE ad, Joe?
Didn't think so.