MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted President Donald Trump for focusing more on a phony crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border instead of mail bombs sent to nearly a dozen prominent administration critics.
The "Morning Joe" host said the president and Fox News were stoking racist fears to drive likely Republican voters to the polls by hyping a nonexistent threat posed by thousands of migrants fleeing violence in Central America.
"Fox News, they're doing it around the clock," Scarborough said. "You look at the tweets of people, Michael Steele, that we both know and we both like and we both used to respect and they're tweeting about the imminent invasion, showing mobs of -- hold on, mobs of what? Mobs of nonwhite people, the others -- the others are coming to get us."
Scarborough continued his rant, his voice reaching a fever pitch of mock panic.
"We have to send troops to the border, we've got to close the border," he said. "Jesus, help. Wait, what? They're over a thousand miles away, and they -- wait, what? They may not be here until December? Hold on, what? Only 12, only 12 tried to cross the border the last time?"
Scarborough said the phony crisis was an obvious political ploy to distract from issues that actually matter to voters, and which Republicans aren't playing a winning hand.
"They went after your health care, and Mitch McConnell said they're coming after your Social Security and your Medicare to pay for tax cuts for the rich," he said. "That's what's happening in your life, whether you're in Georgia or central Florida, or whether you're in Iowa. That's what's happening in your life, and they don't want you to know that. So guess what they're doing? They're talking about brown people that are coming and they're going to the take over your town, because they think you're stupid."