Joe Scarborough Suddenly ABSENT From ‘Morning Joe’ After On-Air Spat With Mika


The airwaves of “Morning Joe” had a noticeable void this Monday morning, as co-host Joe Scarborough was nowhere to be seen. The absence comes in the wake of a fiery on-air disagreement with his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, who spent Friday’s opening segment lavishly praising President Joe Biden.

Scarborough’s empty seat caused some speculation and among viewers, given his recent critical comments about Biden’s ability to continue campaigning for the 2024 Presidential race. The discord between the co-hosts erupted after Joe Biden’s debated performance against former President Donald Trump last Thursday.

While Brzezinski opened the show with commendations for Biden, Scarborough had previously called for Biden to consider withdrawing from the 2024 race due to a less-than-stellar debate showing. Brzezinski, undeterred by her husband’s critiques, argued that Biden’s public appearances post-debate were markedly improved, describing them as “night and day” compared to his performance during the debate.


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“Okay, hold on a second. I — I agree with everything you said, except for the last part of it. Everybody calm down, and I’ll tell you why. It’s fine to not spin what happened last night and we’re not going to,” Brzezinski started. Scarborough butted in to refute the charge. “By the way Mika, everybody’s calm here. You’re the only one raising your voice. Everybody is calm here.”

Continuing on, Brzezinski said the knee-jerk tendency of “let’s just pull this, let’s end this, let’s find someone else” is tantamount to admitting defeat. “That’s not what Mike said,” Scarborough interjected.

“That, uh, attitude toward this is what I am saying slow down on because, again, there’s no spinning it, but let’s be balanced. Let’s for once show some balance in a media world that is so shrill with imbalance that we’ve become inured to these two candidates,” she finished before turning to another panelist.


“Wait, wait, I just have to stop you,” Scarborough said. “First of all, we always show balance. Second, nobody’s panicking. I said these are questions that Democrats and Joe Biden needed to ask themselves, and Mike said he missed one pitch down the middle after another, wasn’t up to it last night… so I will say it’s not panic. It’s not being panicked to understand what’s at stake and the window is closing very quickly. And if last night did not reveal that to you and other Democrats, then it needs to be revealed pretty soon.”

Weeks before the first debate, Democrats reportedly settled on a desperate last-minute strategy to replace Biden if his first debate performance went worse than expected, which by all accounts it did. In this scenario, some of the party’s top leaders — including former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as congressional leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — would need to form a unified front in proposing to Biden that he step aside for the good of defeating Trump. “It would have to be the four of them collectively,” one source told the Daily Mail.

A wall of negative media coverage overwhelmed post-debate coverage as nearly all opinion columnists at the New York Times, Washington Post, and other staples of mainstream media declared Biden’s performance an unmitigated disaster. If he remains in the race, the 81-year-old will face off against Donald Trump one final time on September 10th in a debate that will be televised by ABC.

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