The 2016 presidential election will go down as one of the most controversial in recent history. After #Donald Trump defeated #Hillary Clinton in a shocking upset two weeks ago, many in the media are still wrapping their heads around how it happened.
MSNBC on Trump
The current total shows Hillary Clinton with a popular lead over Donald Trump by over two million votes. This is bitter sweet for Clinton and her supporters since Electoral College votes are what decides the outcome of a presidential election. Despite receiving less overall votes than his opponent, Trump is now less than 60 days away from being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Many have put the blame on the mainstream media for focusing so much on Trump's candidacy during the last 18 months, while also misrepresenting the polls on the nightly basis. While mainstream media outlets have attempted deflect away from this issue by blaming alleged "fake" news on the internet for Trump's win, some are still keeping their feet to the fire. As reported by Mediaite on November 23, the issue was a topic of discussion on Tuesday morning's "Morning Joe" on #MSNBC.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough ripped into the media for underestimating Donald Trump, putting the expectations so low that it was easy for him leap over them. "I would rather be low than high," Scarborough said of himself, noting that "any politician wants to." Not stopping there, Scarborough used an odd comparison when speaking about the Trump election win.
"The thing is, Obama came in as Black Jesus," Scarborough said, which resulted in an eye roll from co-host Mika Brzezinski. "I don't want to come in as Redneck Jesus if I'm a president of the United States," the MSNBC host continued, pointing out that "You want to come in...like Ronald Reagan where people underestimate you." Scarborough then turned his attention to attacking the media directly for framing Trump in the wrong way. "The press, you guys are fools,” Scarborough said, "you’re all are fools because you’re doing it the wrong way."
Whether or not the media had a major role in Trump's election win appears to be up for debate, but either way, the billionaire real estate mogul has just two months to finalize his cabinet and administration before Inauguration Day. Trump has announced some controversial names to be by his side, including Breitbart News' Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist, and retired Gen. Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.