MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Thursday was floored by President Trump's comments that he'd be open to accepting dirt on an opponent from a foreign government, calling on Republicans to speak up.
The Morning Joe host spoke after Trump told ABC that "I think I'd take" dirt from a foreign government and that he would only "maybe" go to the FBI about it.
"I never once heard from a single congressman or congresswoman or U.S. senator … that ever took any information from foreign sources, nor would they," Scarborough, a former Republican member of Congress, said.
The MSNBC host went on to say that "Republicans have no choice but to condemn this" and that if they don't, "they are being disloyal to their country and choosing instead to be loyal to Donald Trump." He also characterized the comments as Trump "asking for foreign interference 2.0," which he speculated is because his "back's against the wall" and he's "losing in poll after poll."
Trump in the interview suggested that accepting dirt on his opponent from a foreign government would not be "an interference." His comments have been fiercely condemned by Democrats, and Politico on Thursday wrote that they give "the impeachment crowd a gift." Brendan Morrow
"The Republicans have no choice but to condemn this. If they don't condemn it then, of course, they are being disloyal to their country and choosing instead to be loyal to Donald Trump." -- @JoeNBCpic.twitter.com/O7ATLa2Cq9
Remember the caravan? The journey of thousands of Central American migrants to the United States had dominated Fox News in the weeks prior to the midterms, but now it's fallen off the network's radar. And MSNBC's Morning Joe wants to know why.
During a segment onThursday, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski went on a sarcastic rant making fun of Fox for largely dropping its caravan coverage after the midterms, arguing this was evidence that the story was always just fearmongering intended to drive Republicans to the polls. "But they thought it was such a big story!" Brzezinski said. "They thought that our country was in danger!"
When a producer of Morning Joe cited a Vox article, which mentions that Fox & Friends only mentioned the caravan one time the morning after the midterms, Brzezinski sarcastically quipped, "But smallpox is coming to America! They told us this as news!" Scarborough added, "I don't understand because this was an invasion that was going to threaten our very way of life."
They also questioned why the president has barely talked about the caravan since the election, only addressing it briefly during a 90-minute news conference Wednesday when questioned by a reporter. Watch the clip from the Morning Joe segment at Mediaite. Brendan Morrow