A year ago, MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough was bullish on Donald Trump. In fact, Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzezinski seemed to be so much in the tycoon’s corner that they were criticized for being too deferential to him. Scarborough has attempted to put some distance between himself and Trump as the candidate seems to be becoming increasingly unhinged. But it took until now for Trump’s former buddy and informal advisor to say that it is time for the GOP to cut him loose.
In an op-ed written for The Washington Post Scarborough says in no uncertain terms that Trump should not be allowed to continue as the Republican standard-bearer. The final straw for the morning TV personality appears to be Trump’s remark from Tuesday, where he suggested that some “Second Amendment people” might want to consider assassinating Hillary Clinton and/or the Supreme Court justices she might nominate.
Scarborough starts his editorial by observing that Trump has made any number of remarks that would have disqualified almost any other candidate from continuing a run for office. But lest you think that the Morning Joe host’s only concern is with preventing a madman from assuming the office of President of the United States, think again. Scarborough makes it quite clear that a major part of his issue with Trump is that he is virtually guaranteeing Hillary Clinton will be the 45th president.
But Scarborough also knows that after what Trump said on Tuesday there is a very real possibility that one of the poorly educated haters who hang on the former reality TV star’s every word may decide that taking a shot at Hillary might be a good idea.
The political ride will only get rockier for Trump in the coming days after he suggested that one way to keep a conservative Supreme Court after Hillary Clinton got elected would be to assassinate her or federal judges. Trump and his supporters have been scrambling wildly all day to explain away the inexplicable, but they can stop wasting their time. The GOP nominee was clearly suggesting that some of the ‘Second Amendment people’ among his supporters could kill his Democratic opponent were she to be elected.
To his credit, Scarborough doesn’t simply restate the problem with Trump — he also offers a plan to address the issue.
- The Secret Service should interview Donald Trump and ask him to explain his threatening comments.
- Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should denounce in the strongest terms their GOP nominee suggesting conservatives could find the Supreme Court more favorable to their desires if his political rival was assassinated.
- Paul Ryan and every Republican leader should revoke their endorsement of Donald Trump. At this point, what else could Trump do that would be worse than implying the positive impact of a political assassination?
- The Republican Party needs to start examining quickly their options for removing the Republican nominee.
Scarborough is right to say that the GOP needs to cut its ties with Trump “before something terrible happens.” Now if Joe wants to do the country and his party a real service, he needs to admit that the direction Republican leaders have taken the party over the past 25 years is the reason they now have an out of control candidate who is calling on his supporters to commit murder.
You can read Joe Scarborough’s entire editorial here.
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