Joe Scarborough is warning the White House that declaring war on the media will end badly for the Trump administration.
The MSNBC “Morning Joe” host on Friday tore into White House counselor Stephen Bannon’s declaration that the media should “keep its mouth shut.”
Scarborough called Bannon’s quotes “so inflammatory and disturbing that I have almost no doubt that it was made to provoke us.”
In a New York Times interview Thursday, Bannon called the press the “opposition party” and said, “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.”
Bannon added he considered it a “badge of honor” that White House press secretary Sean Spicer faced heavy media criticism for insisting that President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s inauguration drew the biggest audience ever, despite clear evidence to the contrary.
“At the end of the day, this is such a short-sighted strategy,” Scarborough said.
“This will end very very badly. Taking on the press like that, it always ends badly. The press always wins. Washington always wins. You figure out how to work with them or you’re going to get crushed.”
The “Morning Joe” host cautioned Trump’s team against assuming that it has the upper hand in the long term just because Trump won the election.
“They beat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE, the only politician in America trusted less than Donald Trump,” he said.
Scarborough urged the media not to get distracted by Bannon’s attack and become more oppositional.
“Report, and let people decide what they draw from all of this that’s happening,” he advised reporters.