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6:09 a.m. Eastern
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Again, Willie, we’ve all known him for well over a decade; he has changed. I know he was always selfish and self-consumed and embarrassing at times, but he’s changed a great deal mentally and psychologically, emotionally he’s much more frail and fragile. He just is. And again, it’s so funny, whenever we say this, people are like you’re acting like a doctor. I’m not acting like a doctor. Look at Donald in 1988, 1989 and look at on his “Today” show clips. Look at him now. He can’t complete sentences without repeating himself. When we talked to him during the campaign and even during the transition, he would sit there for an hour and repeat the same stories over and over again. And Nancy Pelosi is probably the sharpest, most effect Speaker probably since Sam Rayburn. History will surely mark it down that way. I don’t know if he’s projecting, confessing or whenever he’s doing but it looks especially bad on Donald Trump.
WILLIE GEIST: And what a sad state of affairs when you have two of the arguably most powerful people in the country just trading insults of who is crazier and who’s flailing their hands more. Speaker Pelosi responded to the “stable genius” comment, saying “when the extremely stable genius starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure and trade and other issues.” So Donny, as you’ve watched this spectacle play out the last few days, the theatrical entrance and exit from that meeting going out to the Rose Garden with the prepared signs and literature to hand out. You have Nancy Pelosi and the president arguing over who is less well mentally. What do you think about the state of where we are right now?
DONNY DEUTSCH: Just jumping back a bit to Trump’s mental health, it’s interesting, for my new show Saturday Night Politics, I was looking at an hour interview I did in 2007 with Trump and there is, even in 2007, a difference in the cadence. You could see it; you could see it in his eyes. Joe, to your point, not playing doctor, that is a guy who has lost a lot. Back to Nancy Pelosi. What’s so great about Nancy Pelosi is she’s not running for President but she is to me, even more so than any of the candidates, the greatest weapon in the world. If that back and forth continues through 2020, she will do more damage to him than any other candidate. I love this because this is a competent, bright, strong woman against a frightened, frail, weakened, clearly out of it man. This is Nancy Pelosi now 2-0 versus trump. If we go back to the shutdown, that was Trump’s most stunning, clear “L” on the head curtesy of Nancy Pelosi and the more he engages with this superior advocacy, the more she paves the way for the candidates to come in. I love you, Nancy Pelosi.