Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” challenged an NBC/WSJ poll that was released on Monday. The poll showed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by double digits.
Scarborough, who has a tense relationship with Trump, said that the only way the gap was accurate would be if the poll was “cooked.” Despite his employment with the group, the host criticized the decision to take a poll immediately after Trump’s controversy.
“They take the poll the second the crisis starts and they stop it just before the debate. It could not have been cooked more to get the result they got,” he argued.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski did not agree that the poll was conducted maliciously, saying, “I don’t think it was cooked, I think no one was thinking.”
Scarborough was speaking of a hot mic recording of a vulgar 2005 conversation. Reactions to the conversation were so strong that Trump apologized for the incident. Shortly after, another series of audio clips, focusing on various interviews between Trump and radio shock jock Howard Stern, were also released. The candidate spoke vividly on his sexual activities, including infidelity, as well as his fascination with his daughter Ivanka.