MSNBC host Joe Scarborough's story of asking Donald Trump to his face if he could read sounded different this week than it did in 2015 when he told it to columnist Peggy Noonan.
While Scarborough recounted the story jovially in 2015 and complimented Trump's "gut instinct and strength," he told it with a more sinister vibe with different details in 2018.
Scarborough penned an op-ed for the Washington Post this week recounting the time he spoke with Trump after the second Republican presidential debate in September of 2015 and quizzed on him on whether he read:
Mika Brzezinski and I had a tense meeting with Trump following what I considered to be a bumbling debate performance in September 2015. I asked the candidate a blunt question.
"Can you read?"
"I’m serious, Donald. Do you read?" I continued. "If someone wrote you a one-page paper on a policy, could you read it?"
Taken aback, Trump quietly responded that he could while holding up a Bible given to him by his mother. He then joked that he read it all the time.