30 June 2017 | Joe Lapointe | Observer
The Broadway musical Hamilton reminds Americans that prominent politicians once settled their beefs with pistols. That’s what happened in 1804 when Vice President Aaron Burr killed former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton when they dueled in New Jersey.
In some ways, we’ve evolved. This week, in vicious and personal words, President Donald Trump insulted Mika Brzezinski on Twitter by saying she has a low I.Q. and that she is crazy. He said that he rejected her company last winter because she was bleeding from a face-lift.
Brzezinski is the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC and the fiancée of the other co-host, Joe Scarborough. Scarborough is a feisty ex-congressman, but he probably won’t challenge the orange-faced, yellow-haired chief executive to a gun fight.
But if Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch had his way, Scarborough would at least challenge Trump to a fist fight.
“Donald, if you’re watching, we’re from Queens,” Deutsch said, referring to himself and Trump. “We’ll meet you in the school yard, brother… He’s a coward.”
This angry taunt allowed the often excitable Scarborough to play the calming influence and quote the Golden Rule.
“Do unto others,” Scarborough said, “as you would have others do unto you.”
Scarborough and Brzezinski postponed their vacation one day to visit the substitute hosts on their own show and gave their response to Trump’s Twitter tantrum.
“It’s been fascinating and frightening and really sad for our country,” Brzezinski said.
They stayed for about half of the 7 a.m. (middle) hour of the three-hour program. Before they arrived, Deutsch went on different anti-Trump rant
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