Florida governor booted from ‘Morning Joe’ after refusing to say whether all Muslims hate America
Things got awkward on Morning Joe when the show’s guest, Florida Gov. Rick Scott refused to answer a yes-or-no question about whether he thought Muslims hated America.
The exchange started when host Joe Scarborough, a former U.S. representative from Florida, asked Scott if he would tell “his friend,” GOP front runner Donald Trump, to soften his rhetoric about Muslims.
Trump had in the past vowed to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. On Wednesday, he doubled down and told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “I think Islam hates us. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States.”
“Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims — that Islam hates America and Islam hates us,” Scarborough asked.
Scott only said that after the terrorist attacks in Paris, he asked for the federal government to halt “certain refugees,” adding he’s still “fairly certain that the U.S. government’s not vetting them.”
Scarborough then pushed further and asked whether Scott thinks generally, if Muslims hate Americans.
Scott refused to answer, instead talking vaguely about Florida “heading in the right direction.”
“I want to know what’s going on in your head, governor,” Scarborough said. “We’re friends. Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates America?”
When Scott again side-stepped the question, Scarborough’s co-host, Mika Brzezinski could be heard saying, “wrap it.” She then added, “No, no. That’s not answering any questions.”
“Rick, I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward, but can you answer the question, or should we scoot,” Brzezinski asked.
Scott again failed to answer the question, prompting the hosts to cut his mic and move on to the next segment.
Watch the exchange, as posted online, here: