The morning after Trump’s vicious attack on Brzezinski’s facelift — she admitted that she had her chin “tweaked” — MSNBC promoted that she and her co-host Joe Scarborough would appear (on their own show!) to respond (delaying a planned vacation).

Taking on the air of two freed hostages suffering PTSD, Brzezinski and Scarborough assured a shaken nation that they were “okay.”

“I’ve been getting a lot of texts and hearing you all talking,” Brzezinski said. “Thank you. I’m fine. My family brought me up really tough.”

“We’re okay,” said Scarborough, a defiant hero.

Less than two weeks after their trauma, the pair appeared this past Tuesday on late-night TV to giggle about it and promote Scarborough’s side hustle as an aspiring rock artist.

Before a live performance of his song “Welcome to the Monkey House” — the music magazine Spin described it as “pretty bad” — Scarborough took the opportunity to announce in front of a sympathetic audience that he’s switching his party identity from Republican to independent.

Applause followed and the look of pure satisfaction on Scarborough’s face said that the tweet about Brzezinski, his new fiancé, paid off.

This is what the media do with Trump: Criticize him, await the blowback, then play dead before cashing in.

Or as Ace of Spades quips, “Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Legendary Vanity-Rock Sensation Joe Scarborough Quits the GOP on Steven Colbert, After Admitting He Buys Into Liberal Progressive Line 100%:”

[Scarborough] has announced to his millions of adoring fans that he’s decamping the Republican Party, making this announcement on the place where Republicans come to discuss issues, the Stephen Colbert show.

David Harsanyi only briefly hints at how miserable this fink’s (double hand finger airquotes) “music” is, to instead talk about his rampant hypocrisy for having done everything in his power to get Trump nominated as GOP candidate, then becoming a loud-and-proud liberal Democrat the moment he succeeded in getting Trump to that position.

Alternate hypothesis for your consideration: It wasn’t hypocrisy, it was covert action. Maybe Scarborough has been a Democrat for a good long while, and was following the Democrat Conventional Wisdom that Trump was the weakest candidate the GOP could field and so it was in ever Democrats’ interest to pump him up — until he secured the nomination at the convention.

Really? The guy who took on-air real-time story corrections from the Obama administration is bolting the Republican party? I’d cover more of that, but first I’m off to investigate the reports that there’s gambling going on at Rick’s Café.