The Trump attack on Mika Brzezinski is turning into a major scandal as it is being reported that it was President Trump and his son in law senior White House adviser Jared Kushner who tried to blackmail Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine reported:
According to three sources familiar with the private conversations, what happened was this: After the inauguration, Morning Joe’s coverage of Trump turned sharply negative. “This presidency is fake and failed,” Brzezinski said on March 6, for example. Around this time, Scarborough and Brzezinski found out the Enquirer was preparing a story about their affair. While Scarborough and Brzezinski’s relationship had been gossiped about in media circles for some time, it was not yet public, and the tabloid was going to report that they had left their spouses to be together.
In mid-April, Scarborough texted with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner about the pending Enquirer story. Kushner told Scarborough that he would need to personally apologize to Trump in exchange for getting Enquirer owner David Pecker to stop the story. (A spokesperson for Kushner declined to comment). Scarborough says he refused, and the Enquirer published the story in print on June 5, headlined “Morning Joe Sleazy Cheating Scandal!”
So not only did the White House threaten Brzezinski and Scarborough, but it was Trump and his son in law who were carrying out the blackmail.
As constitutional expert Lawrence Tribe pointed out, the actions of Kushner and Trump may have been a crime.
This is not one of Donald Trump’s little feuds. The male political press is getting huffy especially in the Beltway, and trying to dismiss this story, but the heart of the story is very important. The President Of The United States and a senior White House adviser tried to blackmail a female prominent media figure, which the President later attacked via Twitter because Trump did not like what her program was saying about him.
Make no mistake about it, Mika Brzezinski was the real target. She was the person who would be culturally demonized for the affair. It is never the cheating man who gets punished, but the woman who is penalized in these situations. For example, sure Republicans tried to throw Bill Clinton out of office, but Monica Lewinsky had her life ruined after their consensual affair. Trump has been launching sexist attacks on Brzezinski for more than a year, and it is obvious that what really threatens the President is intelligent women who have platforms and power.
The White House tried to blackmail and intimidate media criticism.
This is more than a big story. It is a pattern of abuse of power and criminal activity by the Trump crime family.