The friendly relationship between Donald Trump and Joe Scarborough publicly frayed Friday afternoon as the two exchanged blows on Twitter.
Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, called Scarborough’s MSNBC show “rapidly fading” and accused Scarborough of supporting two of his former primary rivals.
“Not much power or insight!” Trump tweeted of Scarborough.
“Define ‘rapidly fading,’ Donnie boy,” Scarborough shot back while touting the viewership of Morning Joe.
Trump said he heard that Scarborough was “pushing hard” for a third candidate to enter the presidential race, which the real estate magnate said would guarantee a Democratic victory.
“You heard wrong, cowboy,” Scarborough responded.
The back-and-forth between Trump and Scarborough was especially striking because Morning Joe is frequently criticized for giving Trump favorable treatment compared with other candidates.
At last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, comedian Larry Wilmore even joked that “Morning Joe has their head so far up Trump’s a**, they bumped into Chris Christie.” (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had endorsed Trump’s campaign.)
Trump has praised the morning show, which is also hosted by Mika Brzezinski. During one interview, Trump created an awkward moment by saying, “It was great seeing you, and you guys have been supporters and I really appreciate it.”
Scarborough, responding to critics, had previously rejected the suggestion that his show treats Trump with kid gloves.