As the wheels come off of Donald Trump’s campaign before it’s even left the starting line, even Trump’s slobbering fan club at MSNBC’s Morning Joe are threatening to abandon him. On Wednesday morning, Joe Scarborough more or less exploded at Trump’s week-long temper tantrum at Judge Curiel. The “presidential” Trump has been leveling accusations of bias against the judge simply because his parents are Mexicans. The real problem, of course, is that the case is not going well for Trump so he’s looking for a scapegoat.
But Joe, perhaps looking to regain some public trust as months of scathing criticism for his unseemly sucking up to Trump, is jumping off the Trump bandwagon (maybe).
“Donald, guess what, I’m not going to support you until you get your act together,” Scarborough said, despite supporting Trump previously. “You’re acting like bush-league loser, you’re acting like a racist, you’re acting like a bigot. This is called art of the deal. I’m taking my deal off the table. Until you come to the table and get on the other side of the table and prove to me you’re not a bigot and you don’t take my party down in the ditch, you don’t have my endorsement.”
It’s not entirely clear how Trump would “prove” he’s not a bigot but I’m sure Joe has set the bar very very low. Most likely, he (and many other Republicans) would prefer that Trump use the time-honored method of stoking white resentment with dog whistles instead of blatant racism. Moderate conservatives and independents don’t respond well to white power rallies and Trump inextricably linking the GOP to the KKK and Neo-Nazis will be the death of the party.
And the threat of a President Hillary Clinton is not enough motivation to embrace Trump’s toxic brand of racism, either:
Scarborough claimed that Trump “can’t use Hillary Clinton as a gun against my head” just to get Trump support.
“I’m taking the gun away from my head,” he said. “I’m putting it on the table and now it is in your hands on whether you are going to prove to the Republican Party and me personally that you’re not a bigot. So, don’t use Hillary Clinton as a threat against me. Don’t use Hillary Clinton as an excuse, as your blank check to say racist things about people born in Indiana.
I would brush this off as posturing since Scarborough wants the ratings that Trump brings to his show but then both he and Mika tore into the GOP establishment in a much more substantial way:
“It’s the worst of all worlds, Willie, because if they embrace the racist to beat Hillary, they lose to Hillary and destroy the party,” Scarborough said. “Listen to me guys, you embrace a guy making racist comments.”
Brzezinski interrupted asking why people like Scarborough must explain it to the GOP. “Because they’re stupid,” Scarborough said. “You lose the presidency, right? And then you lose the Senate and you lose the House and then we small-government conservatives, we’re screwed because you’ve destroyed our party because you’re running scared.”
That’s a very salient point. In their mad rush to keep control of the Supreme Court at all costs, Republicans are willing to sacrifice everything. They will support and try to elect a poison pill if it means they can appoint the next Justice and keep the Court tilted to the right. But even with losing the Court, the party could survive by broadening its reach to minorities. Or women. Or the LGBT community. Or immigrants. Or, really, anyone besides angry white bigots. But by betting it all on Trump, they’re doing potentially irreparable damage to themselves even if they win.
Let’s hope they stay the course. America could use another generation to undo the damage of 30 years of Reaganomics.
Here’s Joe blowing his stack:
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