The time has come for a mental health professional to take a look at Donald Trump on the air, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Monday during a frank discussion of the Republican nominee’s well-being.
Brzezinski began “Morning Joe” by noting tweets sent from Trump’s account Saturday over the death from gun violence of a cousin of basketball star Dwyane Wade, in which Trump declared that African-American voters will support him, pointing to the shooting in Chicago as a symptom that he will solve.
“Morning Joe” devoted a significant portion of its opening block to discussing Trump’s mental health, a day after President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager David Plouffe described Trump as a “psychopath.”
“You know, I think at other stages of other campaigns a network might be snarky and, like, get a psychiatrist out,” Brzezinski said, after former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean said Trump exhibited traits of narcissism.
Brzezinski, who Trump has called “crazy” and “neurotic,” remarked that “it’s time to hear from somebody in the mental health community, to look at this person who has been on television for months and to give us a sense of what we have going on here.”
“And, I’m sorry, let’s just not — let’s stop pretending we’re dealing with someone who we can completely understand,” Brzezinski said. “And when you see someone who you think has problems, you know it. And there’s not anybody at this table who doesn’t think he has some sort of problem. Let’s ask the questions. Let’s do this at this point. Let’s set up someone and ask the … questions.”
Brzezinski then asked, “Does anyone think that’s completely outlandish and only because I have some sort of weird, snarky slant to it and I want to be smart? I think there’s an issue there.”
“First of all, a psychiatrist cannot come on and diagnose somebody,” co-host Joe Scarborough said.
“No, but they can talk about the character traits that we are seeing repetitively here,” Brzezinski offered.
Plouffe misspoke, Scarborough added, suggesting that he should have said “sociopath.”
When Princeton professor Eddie Glaude Jr. urged caution in describing Trump as either, Brzezinski remarked, “I don’t want to describe him as anything.”
“When we do that we kind of suggest that he is this singular figure. Right? That something’s wrong with him,” Glaude explained. “When we do that, it makes it easier for us to kind of account for him. In fact, when we see all of these folks who are supporting Trump, we hear all of this stuff all around the country. And we can’t say that he’s just, something’s mentally wrong with him as an easy way to dismiss him.”
Brzezinski responded, “I’ve been asked hundreds of times.”
“I want to understand more fundamentally, right. What’s going on in the country that would lead us to have him as an option in the first place,” Glaude said.Please Like and Follow us on Facebook And Twitter. We could really use your support ! To LIKE and Follow, use the shortcuts below. Thank You !
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