Two years ago, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked Donald Trump a question after a presidential debate: “Can you read?” Scarborough claims there was “awkward silence.” So, he pressed: “I’m serious, Donald. Do you read? If someone wrote you a one-page paper on a policy, could you read it?”
Scarborough recalls, “Taken aback, Trump quietly responded that he could while holding up a Bible given to him by his mother. He then joked that he read it all the time.”
This was all rehashed in an opinion piece for The Washington Post on Wednesday. Scarborough resurrected the illiteracy accusation after the release of the highly-contested book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff which the Morning Joe host believes gives an accurate “account of Trump’s willful ignorance and intellectual incoherence.”
Scarborough discloses that he is thanked in the acknowledgments and mentioned in “a handful of passages,” but we can trust him as an unbiased commentary on the book’s claims. Especially the one that questions the president’s reading ability:
I am apparently not the only one who has questioned the president’s ability to focus on the written word. “Trump didn’t read,” Wolff writes. “He didn’t really even skim. If it was print, it might as well not exist. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate. Others concluded that he didn’t read because he didn’t have to . . . He was postliterate — total television.” But “Fire and Fury” reveals that White House staff and Cabinet members believed Trump’s intellectual challenges went well beyond having a limited reading list: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called him an “idiot,” Cohn dismissed him as “dumb,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster considered him a “dope,” and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson infamously concluded that the commander in chief was a “moron.”
Scarborough stacks this “evidence” in his favor to conclude on behalf of the American people that they “will be left with the inescapable conclusion that the president is not capable of fulfilling his duties as commander in chief.”
No, Joe, what we’re left with is the inescapable conclusion that you are a partisan hack who is overpaid to stoke fear and division along with every other MSNBC host.