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Joe Scarborough: Trump Won’t Run Again In 2020



Many wise people have said over the years that it’s not necessarily a good idea to focus on the best possible outcome of any given situation, because it’s unlikely that everything will go right so getting your hopes up is just setting yourself up for disappointment. Nonetheless, here at Blue Side Nation, we can’t help being profoundly enthralled at the mere notion that Trump might not run for reelection in 2020.

That prospect was not only discussed but espoused as a prediction by Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Scarborough made the comments on Thursday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, on which he was a guest along with his fiancée and co-host, Mika Brzezinski. It’s fair to say many were taken aback by the surprisingly confident assertion, not least because of the bold and unusual logic he produced to back up his near-unprecedented call.

Scarborough, Brzezinski and host Colbert had been discussing potential Democratic challengers for Trump in 2020 when Joe made his bold statement; Joe Biden, John Kerry and Kamala Harris were the names that came up. “I don’t think they will have to step up to challenge Donald Trump because I don’t think Donald Trump is going to run for reelection,” came Joe’s opening statement, which was greeted with great surprise.

“He didn’t want to be elected president, he didn’t think he would be elected president. He didn’t even think he was going to get the Republican nomination. He’s going to cash out.” He continued (and this is where it gets really great, folks): “He’ll get money from the Saudis. He’ll make money from Putin when he gets out, that’s why he’s been Putin’s lapdog.” Right. “Donald Trump is all about money,” he added for good measure.

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Let’s break that down a bit. Scarborough’s prediction is essentially based on the fact that Trump is “all about the money”. We know this is true – recent events demonstrate it pretty damn clearly. The “money from the Saudis” that Joe talks about is a reference to the volatile and complex relations between the US and the Saudi Arabian regime, the most recent manifestation of which is the alleged murder of American-Saudi journalist and dissident (and Washington Post columnist) Jamal Khashoggi. As for making money from Putin, we can’t say too much about what the very naughty stuff Trump has obviously been doing with his Russian buddies, but something tells us we won’t have long to wait until all the details spill out for all to see.





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