MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump sent a clear message over the weekend to white nationalists with his response to a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The “Morning Joe” host said the president always signals to his most hateful supporters that he appreciates their backing, after one of them commits an act of violence.
“He has refused steadfastly to attack white nationalists,” Scarborough said. “He has refused to call back his attacks against all the people who, of course, had bombs sent to their homes, their residences and businesses. This is a national reckoning.”
He said the president had made the choice faced by voters even more clear.
“In a week, people get to make a decision,” Scarborough said. “Is this the America they want to live in? Because right now the only constitutional check against this sort of abhorrent behavior (on) a guy who was sending a message by time and time again tweeting about baseball or talking about his bad hair day there.”
He said those oddly inappropriate remarks were intended to rally the white nationalists who back him.
“That was done intentionally to send a message to white nationalists,” Scarborough said. “‘This doesn’t bug me that much, I’m going to watch a baseball game, I’m going to tweet about baseball. I’m not going to let it occupy my day.'”
Scarborough said the president’s written statements don’t mean as much as his unscripted remarks and tweets.
“His staff will give him pretty words to go out and read,” Scarborough said. “He will half-heartedly read them and immediately go back on that because you can see, time and time again, he always has to send the message to white nationalists, ‘I’m not going to criticize you. I may not be on your side, I won’t say that, but I want you to stay on my side.'”
WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.
A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report
Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report
The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.
"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.