MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blasted Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Tuesday for firing Communications Director Rick Tyler, who he said was like “Jesus” because he had “died for the sins of the Cruz campaign.”
At a press conference on Monday, Cruz announced that he had asked Tyler to step down after the staffer posted a doctored video that called into question the faith of GOP hopeful Marco Rubio.
Scarborough, who has been criticized for questionable ties to GOP hopeful Donald Trump, accused Cruz of treating Tyler as a “sacrificial lamb.”
“It seems to me that if Jesus died for our sins, then Rick Tyler died for the sins of many in the Cruz campaign,” Scarborough opined. “He was thrown overboard for retweeting something, which he then took down, which he then apologized for. And yet, then Ted Cruz threw him under the bus, a guy that has been respected and a guy that was the heart of this campaign for a very long time. It seems like a sacrificial lamb at the very least.”
“I hate when a politician throws a staff member under the bus and fires him to get a little bit of heat off him for the day when this entire campaign lied in real-time on Twitter as the Iowa caucuses were closing,” he continued. “They Photoshopped ads. They did so many other things that were far worse. I’m not saying what Rick did wasn’t bad, but so many things were more calculated, more thought out.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast Feb. 23, 2016.