‘Morning Joe’ Guest Warns Not to Underestimate Trump After Scarborough Calls Him ‘One-Term President’

• February 23, 2018 7:51 am


MSNBC host Joe Scarborough declared Donald Trump a "one-term president" on Friday, leading one guest to remind him of the perils of underestimating him.

After "Morning Joe" panelist Bill Kristol spoke of his fears about a type of ethno-nationalism gripping the Right, Scarborough demurred.

"We are still talking about a one-term president who lost by three million votes to perhaps the least effective communicator in the history of modern American politics in Hillary Clinton, with a campaign that didn't take polls because they thought they were smarter than people like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and Joe Biden," Scarborough said.

Scarborough called Trump's numbers among millennials and other fast-growing demographics "absolutely miserable."

"It seems to be a death rattle more than a death cry," Scarborough said.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, however, said he wasn't ready to call Trump a one-term president, effectively a prediction by Scarborough that Trump will not be reelected, saying the president had identified a disconnect between Republican voters and their representatives, and Trump still remained broadly popular with his base.

"We underestimate him again at our peril, and I certainly learned a lesson in 2016 about underestimating him repeatedly," Swan said.

Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, left the party last year chiefly due to his disagreements with the party's direction under Trump.