WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Scarborough, co-host of ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC and former GOP representative, has been battling it out on Twitter for two days with two New York Times reporters over whether or not he ‘partied’ with President-Elect Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve.
The scuffle began when new NYT hire Sopan Deb tweeted a screenshot of an article by fellow NYT writer Maggie Haberman, in which she stated that Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzezinski were at Trump’s New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Deb accompanied the screenshot with the comment, “Morning Joe’s hosts partied with Trump last night at Mar-A-Lago. Last year, Trump publicly thanked them for support.”
Scarborough immediately hit back. “Does @CBSNEWS know that you just make s*** up on your twitter feed??” he said in a retweet, referring to Deb’s former employment at CBS.
A back and forth began that continued from noon Sunday into Monday. Scarborough said that his and Brzezinski’s behavior in attending the party to further a working relationship with Trump was not unusual for reporters, and continued to insist he only briefly attended the party, and in street clothes.
“Anyone suggesting otherwise is a hypocrite who ignores what great journalists from Ben Bradlee to Tom Brokaw have done for years,” he said.
Deb responded, “I can’t think of a presidential candidate who thanked Brokaw and Bradlee for their support, but I’m just a liar who makes up news.”
Haberman, the reporter of the original piece, responded to the kerfluffle by tweeting out photos that showed Scarborough and Brzezinski meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve, but it was unclear how they were dressed and where the meeting took place.
Haberman said an attendee confirmed to her that the two were not dressed formally (the party was a black-tie event).
“This sure looks like an ideal location to have a journalistic meeting about an interview on NYE, @JoeNBC. Look forward to seeing the result,” Deb said in response to the photos.
In a reference to a famous conspiracy theory about the death of President John F. Kennedy, Scarborough said on Monday, “Notice the stairs behind us. We walked up them after being guided to Trump. Hopefully, a video will emerge from the grassy knoll.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 2, 2017