'Morning Joe' Speculates Trump May Quit Before He Gets Fired

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President Donald Trump hates being thought of as a loser, but maybe he wouldn’t mind being known as a quitter.

That’s what “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough wondered on Friday in light of the president’s recent racially charged rallies and his administration’s latest attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

It left Scarborough wondering: “Does this guy want to be elected president of the United States? Does he really want to be there?”

Scarborough pointed out that Trump had a better instinct for when to keep his mouth shut in 2016 when he won the White House, but “he’s not acting that way now” as he seeks a second term.

He added that the president is not only “acting like he doesn’t want to get re-elected, he’s acting like he really wants to lose badly and take the Republican Party down with him.”

Scarborough, who Trump earlier this year sought to smear with a baseless conspiracy theory, conceded his “far-fetched” theory didn’t make conventional sense, but it was the only way to explain the president’s current campaign efforts.

“You look at every single move he’s making,” Scarborough said. “And it keeps happening every day.”

The TV host added, “This looks like a deliberate attempt to drive his campaign into the ground every day. He knows what he’s doing is going to lower the poll numbers, and they are. They are collapsing every day.”

A series of polls released Thursday contained especially bad news for Trump, showing him running behind Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in several of the most politically competitive states.

Scarborough’s co-host and wife, Mika Brzenzinski, amplified his hot take.

“He doesn’t want four more years,” she said. “That’s clear. You can tell by his behavior. His attitude towards the health of the American people, he doesn’t want to be there.”

Brzezinski also noted that Trump doesn’t like to lose, which led Scarborough to suggest that the president might consider pulling out of the race before the election ― especially if it looks like Biden will win big.

“This is not a guy who is acting like he expects to be around on January 21st, 2021, in the White House. And he’s acting like he’s setting everything on fire before he leaves,” Scarborough said.

He added, “He’s known when to leave the stage before. … I would not be surprised if he left the stage again.”

A little later, he riffed on what Trump might say to the American people in his resignation speech ― “You don’t deserve me” was one key phrase.

Scarborough then suggested Trump would rather leave the presidency and be remembered for scoring one of the biggest political upsets of all time than an incumbent who suffered an especially humiliating loss.

However, he took great pains to remind viewers that it was just a theory and wasn’t based on any insider knowledge.

“He’s known when to leave the stage before — again, I’m the only one saying this — I would not be surprised if he left the stage again,” Scarborough said, reiterating, “And again, I’m the only person saying it. Don’t think it’ll happen, but it’s a possibility.”

You can watch the complete segment below.

(h/t: RawStory)

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He Has 9 Billion Dollars

Launching his Presidential bid last June, Donald Trump held up his financial statement to prove <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/06/19/you-may-not-take-donald-trumps-candidacy-seriously-but-take-another-look-at-his-real-estate-business/" target="_blank">he had assets worth a total of $9 billion.</a> <br><br> In a tasteless boast, Trump went on to reveal he refused a bank's loan of $4bn. <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2015/06/19/you-may-not-take-donald-trumps-candidacy-seriously-but-take-another-look-at-his-real-estate-business/" target="_blank">He said:</a> “I don’t need it. I don’t want it. And I’ve been there.” <br><br> While millions of Americans continue to suffer the effects of sluggish economic growth, Trump is blissfully unaffected. Well, that's how he makes it sound.
Launching his Presidential bid last June, Donald Trump held up his financial statement to prove he had assets worth a total of $9 billion.

In a tasteless boast, Trump went on to reveal he refused a bank's loan of $4bn. He said: “I don’t need it. I don’t want it. And I’ve been there.”

While millions of Americans continue to suffer the effects of sluggish economic growth, Trump is blissfully unaffected. Well, that's how he makes it sound.

But He's Never Used A Cash Machine

Trump says he's never had to withdraw cash from a cashpoint. <br><br> During an appearance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', Trump said that he'd never seen the need to use ATMs, all the while hinting at his extraordinary wealth.
Trump says he's never had to withdraw cash from a cashpoint.

During an appearance on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien', Trump said that he'd never seen the need to use ATMs, all the while hinting at his extraordinary wealth.

He Gets Super Defensive About Money

Like many of his voters, money is always on Trump's mind. <br><br> But unlike those struggling to make ends meet, Trump is more concerned with the perception of his wealth, which he says is "more than $9 bn". <br><br> When an author <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-loses-libel-lawsuit-232923" target="_blank">suggested Trump had a net worth of less than $300m</a>, the property tycoon sued him for libel. <br><br> Yet during testimony, Trump admitted his own estimations depend on his "feelings". <br><br> It was reported <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-loses-libel-lawsuit-232923" target="_blank">Trump said:</a> "Yes, even my own feelings (guide estimates of my wealth), as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day." <br><br> Trump lost the libel case.
Like many of his voters, money is always on Trump's mind.

But unlike those struggling to make ends meet, Trump is more concerned with the perception of his wealth, which he says is "more than $9 bn".

When an author suggested Trump had a net worth of less than $300m, the property tycoon sued him for libel.

Yet during testimony, Trump admitted his own estimations depend on his "feelings".

It was reported Trump said: "Yes, even my own feelings (guide estimates of my wealth), as to where the world is, where the world is going, and that can change rapidly from day to day."

Trump lost the libel case.

He's Leading A Fact-Free Campaign

Despite pretending to offer something different from the tired-old ways of Washington, Trump has admitted that he's more than willing to use dubious non-facts and statistics in an effort to further his White House ambitions. <br><br> In a remarkable exchange with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/23/the-2016-campaign-is-largely-fact-free-thats-a-terrible-thing-for-american-democracy/" target="_blank">the famously impertinent presenter took exception to flawed statistics banded about by Trump.</a> <br><br> <blockquote>O’Reilly: This bothered me, I gotta tell ya. You tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these are statistics you picked out from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong. Whites killed by blacks is 15 percent, yet you tweeted it was 81 percent. Now … <br><br> Trump: Bill, I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show. <br><br> O’Reilly: Yeah, but you don’t wanna be. … Why do you want to be in that zone? <br><br> Trump: Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic? I get millions and millions of people, @RealDonaldTrump, by the way. <br><br> O’Reilly: You gotta, you’re a presidential contender, you gotta check ’em.</blockquote>
Despite pretending to offer something different from the tired-old ways of Washington, Trump has admitted that he's more than willing to use dubious non-facts and statistics in an effort to further his White House ambitions.

In a remarkable exchange with FOX News host Bill O'Reilly, the famously impertinent presenter took exception to flawed statistics banded about by Trump.

O’Reilly: This bothered me, I gotta tell ya. You tweeted out that whites killed by blacks — these are statistics you picked out from somewhere — at a rate of 81 percent. And that’s totally wrong. Whites killed by blacks is 15 percent, yet you tweeted it was 81 percent. Now …

Trump: Bill, I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert, and it was also a radio show.

O’Reilly: Yeah, but you don’t wanna be. … Why do you want to be in that zone?

Trump: Hey, Bill, Bill, am I gonna check every statistic? I get millions and millions of people, @RealDonaldTrump, by the way.

O’Reilly: You gotta, you’re a presidential contender, you gotta check ’em.

He Takes His Name Way Too Seriously

He's so obsessed with his image that when a "cybersquatter" took control of hundreds of online domain names, including those using the name "Trump", Donald went on the defensive. <br><br> J. Taikwok Yung, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/trump-sues-b-klyn-man-400k-websites-article-1.1303096" target="_blank">a self-described "domainer" from Brooklyn, NY, was hauled before judges</a> after Trump noticed he'd bought up a huge amount of his brand online. <br><br> Trump sought the maximum damages allowed - <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/01/studentnews/trump-cybersquatting-lawsuit/" target="_blank">$100,000 for each of the four Trump-related domain names</a> bought by Yung. <br><br> And he had legal grounds: Trump is a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Organisation and is adorned on many a high-stakes casino, and several hotels.
He's so obsessed with his image that when a "cybersquatter" took control of hundreds of online domain names, including those using the name "Trump", Donald went on the defensive.

J. Taikwok Yung, a self-described "domainer" from Brooklyn, NY, was hauled before judges after Trump noticed he'd bought up a huge amount of his brand online.

Trump sought the maximum damages allowed - $100,000 for each of the four Trump-related domain names bought by Yung.

And he had legal grounds: Trump is a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Organisation and is adorned on many a high-stakes casino, and several hotels.

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