Trump Called Joe Scarborough A ‘Low I.Q. Individual,’ He Responds Accusing Trump Of ‘Cognitive Decline’

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President Trump is pushing back on MSNBC host Joe Scarborough after the host said he was exhibiting evidence of “cognitive decline.”

“Donald Trump, of course, is not going to blame himself because of how badly he is doing in these afternoon briefings,” Scarborough said on his show, “Morning Joe,” on Thursday morning. “Because he stumbles over words. Sometimes he seems to fall asleep in the middle of meetings.”

“People have been talking about his cognitive decline for some time and how it might impact us in a crisis,” the host continued via the Washington Examiner. “Now, of course, worries that a cognitive decline are starting to catch up with him. We’re starting to pay. But, my gosh, Americans are noticing, and the poll numbers are just collapsing.”

Scarborough pointed to reports that Trump allegedly yelled at his 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale over new polls showing he was losing in swing-state polls.

“Just told that Fake News @CNN is falsely reporting that I was recently shouting at my campaign manager over made up nonsense,” Trump tweeted, disputing the incident ever took place. “Actually, he is doing a great job, I never shouted at him (been with me for years, including the 2016 win), & have no intention to do so. Just FAKE NEWS!”

The MSNBC host’s comment came after the president called him a “low I.Q. individual” on Twitter.

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The Washington Examiner adds:

Scarborough, a former GOP lawmaker, has traded jabs with the president recently as the show’s coverage has highlighted what its hosts believe are the president’s failings during the coronavirus pandemc.

“Watched the first 5 minutes of poorly rated Morning Psycho on MSDNC just to see if he is as ‘nuts’ as people are saying,” Trump tweeted before 6:30 a.m last week. “He’s worse. Such hatred and contempt! I used to do his show all the time before the 2016 election, then cut him off.”

Scarborough addressed the president’s tweet moments later after returning from a commercial break, saying, “We hope you’re having a better day than the president of the United States this morning. … As you all know, and as our viewers know, I recommended to the president several years ago to please stop watching our show. That he’d be better for it. The country would be better for it. He’d be able to work more clearly.”