MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump was undermining national security and betraying some of his closest Republican allies by raiding the military budget to pay for his long-promised border wall.
The “Morning Joe” host blamed White House adviser Stephen Miller for turning down partial funding for the wall in early 2018, because the deal didn’t restrict legal immigration, and now Trump was “looting” the military budget in states represented by GOP senators.
“Think about this — Mitch McConnell talked about getting that money for those bases to quote, ‘keep America safe,'” Scarborough said. “Donald Trump has raided that money now, and he’s diverting it to a vanity project that John Kelly, that Lindsey Graham, that John Cornyn, that so many Republicans said will not help, will not help keep the border secure.”
Scarborough said the president had betrayed some of his top GOP allies in the Senate.
“Was it $80 million he stole from North Carolina, Thom Tillis’ state?” Scarborough said. “He’s talking about Alabama? Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn about North Carolina, and apparently Thom Tillis can’t do anything to stop that.”
“Martha McSally didn’t have what it took to protect Arizona from being looted,” he continued. “You look at the rest of the people on the list, Lindsey Graham. All the golfing in the world couldn’t stop the president from looting $11 million from the good people of South Carolina, $8 million from Cory Gardner in Colorado.”
“I mean, if they’re golfing with President Trump around the clock, and he steals money for a project that was already funded to the tune of $21 billion in a bill that Stephen Miller nixed,” Scarborough added. “Donald Trump’s problem shouldn’t be with Democrats, it should be with Stephen Miller. They would have already had the wall built by now if it weren’t for Stephen Miller.”
Rosh Hashanah services interrupted by death of the first Jewish woman on the Supreme Court
The death of the first Jewish woman on the U.S. Supreme Court interrupted Rosh Hashanah services on Friday evening.
"On Friday, Jewish people around the country celebrating Rosh Hashanah were stunned to learn that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent member of their own tribe, had died," the HuffPost reported. "People received alerts, Zoom messages and announcements from their rabbis about Ginsburg Friday night."
While many people were saddened by the passing of the iconic jurist, Twitter user Leora Horwitz noted a silver lining.
‘Big mistake’: Trump’s favorite pollster tells Fox News why Republicans shouldn’t push nomination before the election
Fox News on Friday examined why it would be a "big mistake" for Republicans to attempt to force through a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Following Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that Trump's nominee would receive a vote, but did not specify whether it would occur before the election or during the "lame duck" session of Congress that occurs before the 2020 election victors are sworn in.
But conservative pollster Scott Rasmussen warned Republicans it would be a bad idea during an appearance with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.
LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."
Here are some of the videos of the scene:
A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020