Donald Trump Admitted Using Racism, Saying 'It's Bad But It Works,' Morning Joe Claims

MSNBC's Morning Joe hosts said on Monday, the day before the midterm elections, that before he became president, Donald Trump admitted that using the race card was wrong but "it works."

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brezizinski said that she and co-host Joe Scarborough confronted Trump about pushing the birther conspiracy theory that questioned whether former President Barack Obama had been born in the United States.

"We said it's bad, it's wrong, and he said in a low voice, 'I know it's bad but it works,'" Brezizinski said. "Racism in his mind, works. That's what he told us."

"Well, we'll see if it works," Scarborough said. "I'm not so sure it will."

Scarborough had previously criticized Trump, and in turn the GOP strategy, by reminding voters frequently over the last couple of weeks of Trump's controversial stance on a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, in which the president blamed both sides for the deadly violence.

"That's what's interesting, not talking about the economy but talking about imaginary walls and an imaginary caravan. If you liked Donald Trump because he was racially insensitive and he said these outrageous things, you already had those people," Scarborough said.

Scarborough opined that swing voters might have been persuaded to vote Republican if the GOP had instead run a campaign around the strong economy, but that the race card "inspires Democrats, independents, moderate Republicans, suburban Republicans, to vote Democratic," he said.

NBC News national political reporter Heidi Przybyla said she saw many races get closer after racial issues were raised, including the Florida gubernatorial race between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis.

"It is as the race issue became really prominent that the polls tightened because it was only a couple of weeks ago that DeSantis had the lead and then he made that fateful comment about 'monkey it up.' Then we had the racism robocalls coming into the state. Then President Trump called him a thief," she said. "All of these dog whistles. What did we see? We saw the polls tightening."

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MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski speak at a Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics event in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives, in Washington, D. C., on July 12, 2017. Scarborough said on Monday that President Donald Trump admitted he used racism while campaigning, because "it works." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Other racist comments that Trump allegedly made have been raised in recent days.

The president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts in federal court and implicated Trump in campaign finance law violations, on Friday gave Vanity Fair four instances in which he said Trump made racist remarks.

According to Cohen, Trump said, "black people are too stupid to vote for me," "name one country run by a black person that's not a s***hole," "only the blacks could live like this" about a rough neighborhood, and "there's no way I can let this black f****** win" when discussing past seasons of his show The Apprentice.

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