On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough twice referred to Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of President Trump’s children, as “Fredo.” That is, of course, a reference to the fictional character Fredo Corleone, the weak, least-intelligent of the children of the Godfather, Vito Corleone.
After Scarborough’s second use of “Fredo,” Mika Brzezinski quietly corrected her husband: “you mean Don Jr.” An unrepentant Scarborough responded: “okay, Don Jr., same thing.” Panelist Steve Rattner, President Obama’s former car czar, can be heard laughing in the background.
Speaking of the Godfather, Scarborough has been on a vendetta against President Trump that would make old Vito proud. But after today’s childish, middle-school worthy taunt, the question arises: is there any level to which Scarborough won’t sink?
Here is the classic scene from The Godfather II in which Fredo insists: “I’m smart, and I want respect.”