During a panel segment on Thursday's 'Morning Joe' on MSNBC, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Jim VandeHei of Axios about comments the president made in an upcoming interview about his supporters demanding harsh rhetoric against the mainstream media, and related something the president told her when they were still on speaking terms:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: You are articulating what we saw during the campaign when we knew Donald Trump and actually spoke with him and went into his office and talked about the dangers of his birtherism. And he looked at Joe as if Joe would be in on the joke and he wasn't. And he said,
'you know, but it works.' We said, 'No, you don't gotta do it.'
This is wrong. We said it on the air and we also said it to his face. Here is the problem. You say he's most comfortable in that pocket. He is. You know why? Because he has no command of the facts, no command or sense of what a policy is or understanding of what the constitution is about.
He basically admitted to us that he doesn't read. He can't read. He takes things in mostly through hearing it, through watching it, through listening to it, through being a part of it. He has a command of playing the media. That is his sweet spot. That is exactly where he's comfortable because he can use evil ways of manipulating people's thoughts, their beliefs and tapping into racism with his command of the media.
VandeHei discusses more with MSNBC's 'Morning Joe':