On Friday’s episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the panel dug into how the White House has handled President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that he was surveilled by the Obama administration during his presidential campaign.
According to co-host Mika Brzezinski, Washington insiders have told her that even Trump knows his uncorroborated claim took things too far.
“I’ve heard from the inside, days after this happened, that [President Trump] knows he shouldn’t have done this and he kind of shrugged it off,” she explained. “Everyone is wasting a lot of very valuable time in Washington.”
Brzezinski was joined by frequent guest Donny Deutsch, who likened Trump to both a seventh-grade student and pop star Britney Spears.
“There needs to be rage about this,” Deutsch said “If a seventh grader sent out on social media a text that said ‘oh, that other student cheated’… they would be expelled. Should we not hold our president to the same accountability as a seventh grader? He not only lies, he maliciously lies.”
Deutsch then referenced Spears’ hit song “Oops, I Did it Again.”
“What is the end? Is it just an oops, a Britney Spears oops, I did it again?” he asked. “What are the repercussions?”
Throughout the campaign and presidency, Deutsch has been one of Trump’s biggest critics. Following Trump’s presidential victory in November, Deutsch had this to say:
“Look, this election was always about fear. Fear of the status quo, and fear of the, kind of, temperamentally unknown. And fear of the status quo won. And unfortunately, this morning, half of this country was going to wake up very afraid… Right now, if you’re a Muslim, you’re very afraid in this country. If you have a child that’s bullied in school, you are terrified. If you’re a woman that sometimes gets harassed at work, you’re afraid this morning.”