Watch: Morning Joe condemns Steve Bannon's worship of 'villainous' Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin
'Morning Joe' reacts to GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin (Screen cap).

The crew on Morning Joe took some time to talk about top White House political strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday, and they did not seem very pleased with his work so far.


Co-host Joe Scarborough was particularly aghast that Bannon once proudly described himself as a "Leninist" whose chief desire was to completely destroy the American state.

"It would be hard to find a more villainous historical figure this side of Stalin or Hitler," Scarborough said of Vladimir Lenin, the communist revolutionary who helped lead the October Revolution in Russia in 1917.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski similarly chimed in to say that Bannon's affinity for Lennin was "disturbing" and "horrifying."

Scarborough also lamented that President Donald Trump's approval ratings would be doing much better than they are right now if he abandoned the Steve Bannon strategy of constant warfare against the press and his political foes.

"Bannon's negative energy, Bannon's negativism is rolling over on Donald Trump right now," he said. "As the Wall Street Journal said he's at 43 percent [approval], he should be at 58%. Somebody who didn't want to go to perpetual war would be at 58%, Donald Trump would be 58 percent right now, instead of 42, 44."

Watch the full segment below.