MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mocked President Donald Trump for handing Democrats a winning campaign ad for the midterm elections due to his intense jealousy of his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The president sat down for an interview Sunday with Fox News, where he reminded voters that he was the one to describe the Republican Senate health care bill as “mean,” and not Obama.
“That is incredible,” Scarborough said. “First of all, Republican senators and House members (are) fighting for their political lives, trying to figure out what to do, and just because Donald Trump is so, so crazy and so jealous of Barack Obama, he gets him to admit that the health care bill is mean.”
The “Morning Joe” host mimicked the president, who was goaded into slamming the bill after Obama blasted the “fundamental meanness” of the GOP Senate bill.
“That’s my word, I’m the one that said it was mean,” Scarborough said, parodying the president. “I’m the one that said it would throw seniors out in the street. I’m the one who said young children with pre-existing conditions were going to die. That was me.”
Scarborough joked that Trump had fallen for a “Jedi mind trick,” like Obi-Wan Kenobi plays on stormtroopers in “Star Wars,” by repeating Obama’s criticism of the Republican legislation.
“Think how damaging this is,” he said. “We joke about it, but what is the impact of the president doubling down on the House bill where they had their party in the beer gardens and now he’s saying it’s mean. What’s the impact?”
Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, said Trump’s televised remarks would be recycled next year in Democratic campaign ads and undermined the president’s ability to convince Republican senators to vote for the bill.
“How it is he’s going to go and say, you must take this vote on this bill I have denounced as mean — I don’t know how that works,” he said. “It seems like a strange sales pitch.”