MARK HALPERIN: I’m fascinated by a parallel universe in which [Donald] Trump hadn’t said what he said about respecting the results because he had a lot of good moments. I think he got more of his message out than he ever has. He had the demeanor that a lot of people wanted to see. But there’s no doubt that it’s the revenge of the elites. Elites do not accept that that was an appropriate answer and it’s not just the coverage in the immediate aftermath of the debate, the coverage this morning, but until he explains it and gets in sync with everyone on his campaign team I don’t think he’s going to get to talk about much else and that means every bit of good he might have done last night, with a strong performance and her strong performance, I don’t think matters much.
JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST): Mark, let me ask you. And I’m sure people will disagree with me here — just the implication of my question, the suggestion of my question — how many people in Scranton, Pennsylvania, care about what he said in that answer compared to people in newsrooms that are — whimpering and whining with their, you know —
HALPERIN: Almost —
SCARBOROUGH: With their soy lattes?
HALPERIN: That’s why I said it’s the revenge of the elites. Elites in both parties have been against Trump from the beginning.
There are people who should be paid anything to comment on politics. There are people who still use “latte-drinking” as a stand-in for “snooty elitist” in 2016. (There were are than 12,000 Starbucks locations in the United States. I know it seems like they’re all in Manhattan, but…) You also have to like Halperin’s penetrating insight — surely it is unprecedented for Democratic elites to not support the Republican nominee for president.