Mika interviews Trump: We promise you! We won’t transcribe Morning Joe every single day.
That said, we thought we’d follow up on yesterday’s post, where Mika was gushing about the insights of brilliant Candidate Trump.
Trump had been challenged in a public forum on the topic of equal pay for women. He had given an utterly pointless answer, mainly praising himself.
Yesterday morning, Mika swore there was more, so much more, to the candidate’s thinking on this topic. As we noted yesterday, Willie Haskell-Geist cued her up—and this is what she said:
HASKELL-GEIST (10/13/15): There was no policy in that answer to that woman about equal pay, that’s true. But we can’t suddenly be shocked that those are the answers he’s giving. This is how he’s been campaigning—Mika swore there was more, much more, to Donald’s insights in this area. And sure enough! She got the chance to prove her point on this morning’s show!
BRZEZINSKI: But there’s a very interesting argument—and I’ve actually had a conversation with him privately about equal pay for equal work. And there’s a very interesting argument behind that.
As predicted, the first Democratic debate took place last night. Needless to say, Trump was hurried onto today's Morning Joe to offer his endless reactions.
Joe let Mika ask a question. She asked Trump for his policy views on equal pay. To watch the tape, click here:
BRZEZINSKI (10/14/15): So we want to ask about your campaign. I know Joe is interested in the polls and Ben Carson, but I would like to ask you a question about a certain, uh, woman who asked you questions—“I believe she was a Jeb Bush volunteer?” Helpfully, Mika teed that young woman up for Trump to knock out of the park. Trump proceeded to his favorite new “shtick,” in which he alleges that the young woman was a plant from the Bush campaign.
I believe she was a Jeb Bush volunteer. Whatever!
She asked you about equal pay. And you said you would pay equal pay for equal work, and I know you probably do. But how do you make that happen in this country? Because we do have a problem with women making a lot less than men often—less for the same job.
There is no evidence of that, of course. But Mika knew he’d want to say it, and so she teed it up.
(Obviously, Mika knew that the young woman was a Bush volunteer. Her uncertainty was a fairly obvious pose.)
Trump rattled his latest script about the “angry” young woman who had been a plant for Bush. He also praised the answers he had given the “plant.”
Then the fun occurred.
For unknown reasons, Mika still seemed to think that her brilliant pal had wonderful thoughts to share about equal pay. So she threw him a follow-up question.
Below, you see what Trump said:
BRZEZINSKI: But Donald, let me—so for, for this issue is something I study. I understand that your answer might have been well received in the roomAt this point, Joe stepped in, putting an end to the nonsense.
And I didn’t necessarily have a huge problem with your answer. I just want to know how you would make sure that’s happening. Because I understand equal work for equal pay, but this country—
TRUMP: Well, you know the marketplace is going to make sure of it. Because I see it more and more, women are being hired, and in fact in many cases being hired for more money than men based on their competence. And that’s what I said! I mean, I think I said it very clearly. If they do the job—
I have women that make more money than men executives. I have numerous women, many men—many men are unhappy because women in a similar position are making more than they are and they work for me. And they come to me and they complain about it.
I mean I can say, I have it to a large extent in reverse in the Trump organization. I just think it’s based on competence and based on the job they do and that’s the best way you can legislate.
Poor Mika! The day before, she had been sure, completely sure, that Donald had a lot to tell us on this particular topic. She had been peeved with Cokie and Nick, a pair of intellectual elites who refused to see Trump’s brilliance.
This very morning, she got to ask Trump about this very topic! In his answers, he made it abundantly clear that he has nothing to say.
He simply said that he pays men and women the same, if not a little bit more! “That’s the best way you can legislate,” he incoherently said.
As Joe stepped in, Mika’s face fell. One of her many balloons had burst again.
In its current operation, Morning Joe is one of the strangest programs in cable news history. Mika is one of the most peculiar co-hosts the medium has ever produced.
Reportedly, Mika is paid $2 million per year. If Joe is trying to help Candidate Trump and hurt Candidate Clinton, his co-host is worth every cent of that fee. Speaking on an “equal pay for equal propaganda” basis, she is actually worth much more.
Doggone it! Candidate Trump had nothing to say. On Tuesday, she’d felt so sure!