Mika Brzezinski is right now looking good, even if she did not come out so well in a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch that poked satirical fun at her as more a mindless toady than a journalist while portraying her partner, Joe Scarborough, as self-absorbed. The two host MSNBC’s commentary show “Morning Joe,” and part of the skit was about an interview with Michael Wolff.

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He’s the author of “Fire and Fury,” a book that climbed to the top of the New York Times’ bestseller list of nonfiction books even though it is fictional. Well, not wholly so, but blatantly inaccurate in spots and dubious beyond that, according to media inspectors. Nevertheless, in its uninhibited trouncing of President Donald Trump, the book made Trump haters swoon. The sketch showed Brzezinski praising its truthfulness even though the actor playing Wolff hinted at guesswork.

Well, we now get back to real life and here is the real Brzezinski interviewing the real Wolff, who a while back had been on another show, that of self-worshipping TV host Bill Maher. He’s a leftist specializing in malodorous putdowns, such as once calling a pope a Nazi. In this instance, he was after dirt on Trump and Wolff was saying he was “absolutely sure” Trump was having an affair and that readers could discover his likely lover by examining his book.

Sure enough, news outlets identified one passage saying U.S. Ambassador Nicki Haley “had become a particular focus of Trump’s attention, and he of hers.” Another passage said she thought she might be his successor after one term if she were submissive enough. Still another said Trump had been “spending a notable amount of time with Haley on Air Force One.” All of this is an insinuation verging on an accusation, at least when joined with what Wolff told Maher.

Haley wasn’t having any.

She said the Wolff assault was “highly offensive” and “disgusting.” She said she had only been on Air Force One once and had never been alone with Trump there or anyplace else.

And so, when Wolff reappeared on “Morning Joe,” Brzezinski took him on, reviewing this outrage as he insisted he had not done what he did. She then replied, “I’m going to go as far as to say that you might be having a fun time, playing a dancing game around this, but you’re slurring a woman. It’s disgraceful.” When he kept it up, she shut him down. The interview was done.

Dismayed and forlorn, if richer every minute, Wolff was soon saying that the president who Wolff has identified as one of the worst lying, abusive monsters ever to happen in the universe was right about at least one thing: He was right about insults hurled at Brzezinski.

Wolff claimed he was set up, that he was being asked to admit a falsehood and volunteered that, after a previous appearance on the show, Brzezinski and Scarborough had wanted to gossip with him about Trump’s sexual adventures. Interesting guy, huh? I am so glad he was taken down, especially on MSNBC, which often engages in Wolff-like, anti-Trump talk itself.

Of course, Brzezinski wasn’t defending Trump. She was rightly defending Haley, and it fit in with so many who are now so sick of mistreatment of women. Whether intended or not, however, she was also underlining how some seem to think Trump’s disregard of norms means everyone against him can also disregard them in their pursuit of his political end days.

This was a good moment for Brzezinski.

As for Wolff, he might want to take a look at a 1931 gangster movie in which a crook played by Edward G. Robinson issued a line that became famous: “You better quit this racket. You can dish it out, but you got so you can’t take it no more.”

Tribune News Service columnist Jay Ambrose can be reached at speaktojay@aol.com.

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random annoying bozo

the wolff guy is nothing but a two bit sleaze merchant...but I will give him credit, he identified a market, and exploited it to separate some lefties from their money.

oldhomey

Has there ever been a better literary match than the sleaze ball "biographer" recording the sleaze ball behavior of a sleazeball president? Why yes, it becomes a perfect trio with a sleazeball bozo applauding the other two!

kingman10

if I was Haley, I would be careful not to be in a room alone with #45. He doesn't have a very good track record about assaulting women by the p***y and he might just mistake her for an adult film star. In which case she could make $130,000 or a lot more. but why tarnish your reputation with a sleaze bag like #45.

A Veteran

kingman Still spreading FAKE news,also full blown lies.The other day you said Trump did not mention the price of prescription drugs.Maybe you should listen to the state of the union speech and apologize to us for lying to us!!!

kingman10

well veteran did not #45 brag about grabbing women by the p**y? And yes#45 did have an affair with adult film star, she admitted it in an interview. OH the drug prices, must of missed what he said as I went to the ice box for another beer. Did he promise to do anything about it, or was it just more hot air.

kingman10

oh and here you go with the interview! https://www.politico.com/video/2018/01/12/politicos-2009-interview-with-stormy-daniels-064719.......what about that military parade #45 wants, you gonna be in it veteran? It would be a great way to use our tax dollars and military to prop up #45 so he can stroke his ego like Putin and Kim jung un. If you do march remember to practice your goose step and salute #45 with the right arm and hand fully extended, I'm sure that will be a requirement.

A Veteran

kingman---So you admit you do not know if Trump said anything about prescription drugs,and you lie about it as if it is no big deal.Like i have told you before once a LIAR always LIAR.---PATHETIC a true liberal LOON!!!!!!

kingman10

OH veteran of no known branch of military, I said I never heard #45 say anything about prescription drugs, so why don't you tell us what he said. Instead of carrying on like a school boy calling names why don't you prove what you said. You want others to provide proof, so do it yourself. Or are you just a big wind bag full of sh*t looking to pick a fight. Yea I thought so.

A Veteran

kingman-I knew you was incapable of doing much for your self so have a third grader goggle you a video of the SOTU speech and explain it to you.PATHETIC!!!

A Veteran

kingman---The WSJ has an article out on some proposals by Trump on some ways to lower prescription drug prices .Maybe you will not need that third grader to show you how to find a video of SOTU speech. But then again you probably will. LOL

oldhomey

Oh such a day! Jay Ambrose, the apologist/toady Trump man has to reveal to Buggs Raplin that, yes, SNL rips MSM abuses when it sees it. Was THIS the event that reordered the universe and sent the Trump stock market reeling?

Cassandra

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