MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough hammered the Republican Party for standing by while President Donald Trump trashed the legacy of Sen. John McCain.
The “Morning Joe” host and his co-host Willie Geist traced the GOP’s capitulation to Trump’s attack on McCain’s military service early in his presidential campaign.
“It’s baked into the cake for Donald Trump as a public figure, he’s just abhorrent,” Scarborough said. “He’s an abhorrent example, he’s an abhorrent public servant, and he’s also completely brainwashed an entire political party.”
Scarborough pointed to Trump’s rambling speech at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, where the audience cheered his insults against the late McCain.
“I know rank-and-file Republicans who call John McCain a, quote, traitor, a traitor, which is disgusting — he is the opposite of that,” Scarborough said. “While Donald Trump was getting D’s and playing ping pong and golf, you know, at some Ivy League school, John McCain was putting it all on the line for his family.”
“Donald Trump — how many deferments for bone spurs?” Scarborough added. “Calling John McCain a traitor. That is a sickness in the Republican Party.”
Geist said the Republican Party had sold out to Trump long before he became the GOP presidential nominee, and the former reality TV star mocked McCain’s years as a prisoner of war.
“It’s one thing for Donald Trump to say the things he’s going to say, he’s been saying them since July of 2015,” Geist said. “If you go back it was a significant day in American history, I hate to say it, because we all thought you can’t say that about John McCain. You can be critical of the way he votes but you can’t criticize the commitment to his country and the question of whether he’s a hero.”
“Donald Trump did it and not only got away with it, but his support went up,” Geist added. “We know that’s baked in.”
MSNBC’s Morning Joe laughs out loud at Fox News praise for Trump’s ‘superman’ energy: ‘He does one or two things a day, tops’
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough tried to unravel President Donald Trump's mysterious hospital visit over the weekend, which the White House insists was the beginning of his annual physical.
The "Morning Joe" host laughed out loud at a clip of White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro praising the president's "superman" energy after the surprise hospital visit.
"Who was it, was it (Treasury Secretary Steve) Mnuchin who praised his perfect genes?" Scarborough said. "Was it Steve Mnuchin who said had he superhuman genes? And they said he would live to be 200 if he ate better?"
Qantas backs legal action against will.i.am over racism claim
Australia's Qantas on Monday rejected accusations of in-flight racism from US performer will.i.am, with the airline saying it would back legal action against the Black Eyed Peas frontman.
The multiple Grammy-winning artist had lashed out at a Qantas flight attendant and named her on Twitter after she called the police over an altercation during a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.
In his tweets, the star said the crew member had been "overly aggressive" and unnecessarily escalated the situation after he didn't hear an on-board safety briefing because he was wearing headphones.
Using the hashtag #RacistFlightAttendant, he said she was "beyond rude" and "took it to the next level by calling the police", five of whom were waiting for him when the 90-minute flight landed on Saturday.
Pope to Hiroshima on mission against ‘immoral’ nuclear weapons
Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world's only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on "immoral" nuclear weapons.
"Your country is well aware of the suffering caused by war," the Argentine pontiff, 82, said in a video message to the Japanese people on Monday.
"Together with you, I pray that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history. The use of nuclear weapons is immoral," said the head of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics.
Pope Francis flies to Asia on Tuesday, where he will first visit Thailand and then Japan, including the two cities destroyed by devastating US nuclear attacks during the Second World War.