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Mika & Joe: Trump White House tried to blackmail them

There’s more fallout today over Donald Trump’s unhinged misogynist attack on “Morning Joe” cohost Mika Brzezinski yesterday.

And yes, obviously we shouldn’t take our eye off the ball of health care reform. But Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic mental state is a story. And incredibly dangerous story. It needs to be discussed.

You’ll recall that Trump mocked Brzezinski’s “IQ,” looks, and falsely suggested she was bleeding from the face while attending a New Year’s Eve part at Mar-a-Lago (photos from the event show that Mika was fine).

Things got worse this morning when Mika and her cohost Joe Scarborough revealed that the Trump White House tried to blackmail them.

As Mika & Joe tell it, Trump has bragged in the past about using his close ties to the National Enquirer to have the publication attack his political foes. Mika & Joe say that top Trump aides called to let them know that the Enquirer was going to attack them unless they apologized to Trump.

More:

“This year, top White House staff members warned that the National Enquirer was planning to publish a negative article about us unless we begged the president to have the story spiked,” they wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “We ignored their desperate pleas.”

The two elaborated on the plot during their Friday show.

“We got a call that, ‘Hey, the National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys.’ And it was — Donald is friends, the president is friends with the guy that runs the National Enquirer. And they said, ‘If you call the president up and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike this story,’” Scarborough said during Friday’s show.

“I will just say, three people at the very top of the administration calling me … I don’t know what they have. Run a story? I’m not going to do it. The calls kept coming. And kept coming. And they were like, ‘Call. You need to call. Please call. Come on, Joe. Just pick up the phone and call him,’” Scarborough said.

“It’s blackmail,” Mika Brzezinski added. “And let me explain what they were threatening. They were calling my children. They were calling close friends … And our response talking to my ex-husband and Joe and my kids was screw it, let them run it. Go ahead and run it, we’re not calling.”

Calling her children?

Mika & Joe spoke about all of this, this morning — see video below. They also penned an op ed for the Washington Post, in which they questioned Trump’s mental state. You can (and should) read that here.

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