'Morning Joe' Hosts Say Trump, Kushner are 'Morons' Running Government Like a 'Crooked Real Estate Operation'

After revelations that major companies, including AT&T and pharmaceutical giant Novartis, paid Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's shell company for insights into the new administration, Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski called the president, his aides and members of Congress that support them "morons" and "just not smart."

The cable news hosts, whose show is on left-leaning MSNBC, said Thursday morning that Trump was draining the swamp—but not in the way he intended when he coined the phrase on the campaign trail in 2016.

"He is draining the swamp, in a way we could never imagine," Brzezinski said.
"And that is on Capitol Hill, revealing those who would still stand by a president who has lied thousands of times to the American people about the obvious. A president who has been racist at times, and a president whose team is being plucked out one by one by the special counsel. I mean, if you stand by this, if you run on this, you are part of quite a swamp."

After explaining that usually a candidate who wins the presidency has "literally scores" of people that companies can "buy off" in order to gain access, Scarborough said Trump's "small ragtag operation" meant that companies were scrambling to find ways to influence the new administration, which resulted in the payments to Cohen's shell company, Essential Consultants LLC.

"There were very few people you could go to and figure out...the inner workings of the Trump administration," Scarborough said. "Michael Cohen just happened to be one of them. Same as it ever was, Same as it ever was. The difference is that unlike everybody else who's ever done this, Trump had a historic run and didn't have insiders around him that these companies could buy off."

Scarborough continued to say that the people around Trump are "not smart people."

"They bumble around. I don't mean to go back to Rudy Giuliani, talking about how intelligent he is, but who is dumb enough to go on the air, give three different accounts of an active case that the Southern District of New York is investigating," Scarborough said.

He also took a shot at Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

"Look at Jared Kushner during transition, just blindly going around calling other companies, calling other countries, that they then sought investment from, and bumbling around without talking to lawyers," he said.

Scarborough concluded his slamming of the Trump administration by claiming that its incompetence was what led them into the snares of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

"We're here where we are today with a special counsel in large part because of sheer ignorance, thinking that the federal government runs the way a crooked real estate operation in New York and New Jersey runs," he said. "I'm speaking of Trump's right now. It's insanity."