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Look Who Goes Out of Their Way to Misunderstand the Caravan Concerns

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski don't get why the president worries about gangbangers, terrorists, and drug dealers

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough (pictured above right) and Mika Brzezinski (above left) mocked Republicans Friday for emphasizing the latest Central American migrant caravan heading toward the U.S., insisting that they’re just “using nonwhite people to try to scare white people into voting for Republicans” in the November 6 midterm election.

Scarborough and Brzezinski scoffed at security concerns President Donald Trump and other Republicans anticipate if the thousands of caravan migrants overwhelm U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel by crossing en masse, legally or illegally, and then claiming asylum.

“They’re going back to this caravan thing,” Scarborough said as Brzezinski chimed in, “Begging to talk about it.”

“They want to talk about the caravan,” Scarborough continued.

Brzezinski replied, “So let’s do it.”

“Let’s talk about the caravan,” Scarborough agreed as Brzezinski began laughing.

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Scarborough apologized to his MSNBC viewers for going “a little bit to the side” of important political issues by discussing the GOP’s fixation with the caravan and the threats mass migration can pose to the U.S.

“But this caravan that Donald Trump keeps talking about, that Fox News keeps talking about, that people on the Right keep talking about as some last-ditch, desperate, sad, pathetic effort to, again, use nonwhite people to try to scare white people into voting for Republicans.”

“But this caravan that Donald Trump keeps talking about, that Fox News keeps talking about, that people on the Right keep talking about as some last-ditch, desperate, sad, pathetic effort to, again, use nonwhite people to try to scare white people into voting for Republicans,” Scarborough complained.

Scarborough wondered why anyone was so concerned about the caravan since it’s “over a thousand miles away” and is “not going to be here for at least a month.” He also simply could not believe that Secretary of Defense James Mattis sent 800 U.S. troops to help bolster the government’s efforts to protect the border.

“We are sending troops to the border because of this urgent national emergency? I only hope … they go there stocked with two things: one, Halloween candy, and two, Thanksgiving turkeys because Halloween and Thanksgiving and the beginning of December, the start of Christmas season, will all begin before the migrants even come close to the border, if they even get there,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough also felt the need to bash Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen for giving Fox News’ Martha MacCallum an interview emphasizing how the caravan concerns the border in Arizona Thursday because it was just one day after suspicious packages containing crude explosive devices were sent to CNN’s New York headquarters and prominent Democrats.

“But did you see yesterday, while pipe bombs were being sent to secretaries of state and presidents, did you see yesterday that the head of the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t concerned about public officials getting pipe bombs?” Scarborough asked.

“She instead went down, and it was sort of this ‘Top Gun’ moment where — went down to the border … to talk about the urgency of this migrant crisis which, again, I remind you it’s not coming for months, if it comes at all,” he said.

Brzezinski mocked Nielsen, saying, “She looks so cool.” Apparently, she was referring to Nielsen wearing sunglasses during an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.

Related: Homeland Security Secretary to Caravan: ‘You Cannot Stay’

Although the “Morning Joe” co-hosts may not be concerned about the caravan crisis and feel the need to mock Republicans, other Democrats are worried about the caravan’s timing with just 11 days to go until the midterm elections.

Chris Hahn, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Monday that Democrats “should be very concerned about” their midterm election prospects because the impending caravan “plays perfectly into” Trump’s hands.

“I think that this current wave of immigration plays perfectly into the Republicans’ hands, coming at the closing days of the midterms. In fact, they should be taken very seriously and could alter it,” Hahn warned. “It weakens our chance of taking the Senate because it mobilizes and energizes the Trump base. This is their number-one issue.”

“This couldn’t have been scripted better for Republicans … if they’d planned it or something. This is something that Democrats should be very concerned about,” Hahn added.

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