MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said Republicans were sealing their own doom in the midterms by fully embracing President Donald Trump.
The “Morning Joe” host pointed to the loss of Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) in a GOP primary, and the victory of anti-immigration hardliner Corey Stewart in Virginia, as the latest examples of Republican fealty to Trump.
“If you want to know where the Republican Party is right now, Mark Sanford survives career-ending, what should have been a career-ending scandal,” Scarborough said. “As governor, lies about going on the Appalachian Trail, becomes the butt of late-night jokes. Nobody said that guy would ever be elected back to Congress, and he won. Two years later he votes with Trump maybe 95 percent of the time, 87% percent, says one or two things about Trump that people don’t like.”
Scarborough said the outgoing lawmaker was hailed as a staunch conservative by the Freedom Caucus, but GOP primary voters followed Trump’s lead by voting Sanford out.
My political representatives didn’t want me to get involved in the Mark Sanford primary thinking that Sanford would easily win – but with a few hours left I felt that Katie was such a good candidate, and Sanford was so bad, I had to give it a shot. Congrats to Katie Arrington!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
“It has devolved into a cult,” Scarborough said. “Primary voters in the Republican Party have devolved into a Trumpist cult.”
Republican impeachment antics backfire as GOP congresswoman Elise Stefanik sets her career on fire
Since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives following sweeping midterm victories last year, Republicans have had little recourse to stop attempts at congressional oversight of the Trump administration. So, they’ve resorted to rotating a few willing members to dutifully gaslight, grandstand and exhibit fake outrage while hoping to create the illusion of fighting the good fight — all for Fox News hosts who hail them as the true heroes of the republic.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace erupts over GOP attempt to question Vindman’s loyalty: ‘I’m constantly shocked by the bottomlessness’
During a roundtable discussion on MSNBC this Tuesday, host Nicolle Wallace slammed Republicans' apparent attempts to call into question Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's patriotism during his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
"This is the smear campaign against Lt. Col. Vindman," Wallace said. "It is active, it is live, and today it spilled out in this public hearing."
"I am constantly shocked by the bottomlessness of the Republicans' cravennesses in trying to defend Donald Trump," she said later in the segment. "This is an active duty military person sitting there in his uniform talking about his story, but it does not put any brakes in the system on a line of questioning clearly intended to insinuate that he has dual loyalties."
Trump mounts sexist attack on Pelosi during impeachment hearing: ‘I think the woman is grossly incompetent’
President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the White House on Tuesday.
As impeachment testimony was underway in the House, Trump told reporters in a Cabinet meeting that Pelosi is "grossly incompetent."
The president also said that Republicans are "killing it" in the impeachment hearings.
But Trump took a shot at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who was testifying at the time.
"I don't know him. ... I never saw the man," he said. "I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all. What I do know is that even he said that the transcript was correct."