MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough laughed out loud after watching video of President Donald Trump calling on a biker group to violently confront Antifa activists.
The president described anti-fascists as “bad people” during a rally Sunday in Macon, Georgia, and urged “Bikers for Trump” to violently clash with them.
“I’ve got to say it’s kind of crazy, just kind of crazy,” Scarborough said, after hooting with laughter. “I don’t think it’s helping either, because if you look at the polls that are coming out.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski said Trump loved to incite violence with lurid fantasies, but Scarborough said nothing good would come from using biker groups for security.
“What does that even mean?” he said. “Did he not see what happened when Mick Jagger hired Hells Angels at Altamont?”
Hells Angel Alan Passaro fatally stabbed 18-year-old Meredith Hunter at the infamous 1969 music festival at a California speedway after the black teen attempted to climb onstage as the Rolling Stones performed, and then drew a pistol after he was confronted by the biker security guards.
“It’s a very short step from that rhetoric to saying that I want some volunteer citizens to provide security at my rallies and to bring their weapons,” Scarborough said. “That puts us spiraling into a terrible direction.”
Trump is ‘a profoundly lawless individual’: Presidential biographer tells Democrats to wake up and go after president
On MSNBC's "AM Joy" Saturday, in the wake of the Ukraine scandal, presidential biographer Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Tim O'Brien laid out how President Donald Trump's presidency has become a pure exercise in criminality — and how House Democrats need to treat this as the threat that it is.
"The Democrats are looking at this as a chess board," said O'Brien. "Republicans see it as a knife fight. They're not even trying to play chess. They've been playing politics at the electoral level and in the Congress by simply trying to rip the spine out of anybody who opposes them. The Democrats are trying to figure out what's the right thing. I honor that, but as long as they sit back and are more concerned about appearances or not upsetting the table, Republicans are going to run circles around them, both electorally and when it comes to Donald Trump."
Trump took out DNI head Dan Coats to install a new acting director in charge of whistleblowers: CIA veteran
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a longtime veteran CIA official said the whistleblower, who ran to the inspector general with a complaint about Donald Trump asking Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden, should expect the president and his aides to come after them.
Speaking with host Joy Reid, Jonna Mendez said she saw the first warnings signs that something was up in the U.S. intelligence community when the president forced DNI head Dan Coats and his top deputy out.
"Through the lens of someone who spent 27 years at the CIA, the thing that caught my eye instantly was Dan Coats' resignation follow by Sue Gordon," Mendez explained. "The fact that Dan Coats went into a meeting and said 'Sue, you've got to resign' and that she did, truncating a career that clearly hadn't reached its zenith."
GOP’s cancellation of presidential primaries could blow up in Trump’s face — here’s why
In recent weeks, Republican state party committees have been moving to cancel presidential primaries to prevent Never-Trump conservatives, like former Reps. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) and former Gov. Bill Weld (R-MA), from challenging the president from the right. So far, Republicans in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and South Carolina have all announced they will scrap the voting process for 2020.