MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough took the hyperbole related to President Donald Trump’s disastrous Tuesday press conference to a new level during several tirades on his program Friday morning.
The president made several remarks Tuesday in the aftermath of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that have generated immense controversy: most notably saying there was “blame on both sides” for the violence and saying that, besides the despicable white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Klansman and racists, there were also some “very fine people” at the rally.
Scarborough, as with many others in the media, has claimed the “very fine people” remark effectively applied to white supremacists.
The “Morning Joe” host claimed the president is giving aid and comfort to “white supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis.”
A conservative media watchdog blasted the hyperbole of the comment.
“Every single second that ‘Morning Joe’ is on looks crazier than the last,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center. “It seems that a program discussing the president’s ‘stability’ might start by looking in the mirror.”
In a Friday morning conversation with MSNBC colleague Willie Geist about White House official Gary Cohn, who is Jewish, Scarborough said that Trump’s condemnation of violence on all sides of the political arena is the same thing as providing “comfort to white supremacists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis.”
“I wouldn’t want to be put in the Fed by a man, by a president who is a hero now to white supremacists, Klansmen, and neo-Nazis,” said Scarborough, speaking of Cohn potentially moving to the U.S. Federal Reserve.
But according to Scarborough, President Trump isn’t just giving comfort to white supremacists and neo-Nazis: He’s embracing their ideology and surrounding himself with its proponents.
[Trump] is against everything this country stands for when [he supports] white supremacy,” said Scarborough.
“This very commendable letter by James Murdoch shows just how small this president’s circle is becoming where he’s now surrounded by perhaps white nationalists and a few people who pathetically cling to power for their resume,” he said.
Gainor said Scarborough is simply executing commands from network executives to tear down the president.
“Joe Scarborough is being paid by his MSNBC masters to take down Trump. That’s the only reason his show exists now. Serving as a ‘conservative’ who attacks conservatives is a big way Scarborough has amassed a wealth of an estimated $18 million,” he told LifeZette.
“This latest attack goes back to the media freakout, that Trump accurately pointed out there were two sides who went to Charlottesville to fight. Not just the racist scum, but the so-called Antifa scum,” said Gainor.
“The Left and media are almost entirely unwilling to admit liberals are also violent — just weeks after a Bernie Sanders fan tried to assassinate several Republican congressmen,” he noted. But “the bigger questions are why do sane people watch Scarborough, and why do conservatives and Republicans ever go on that show?”