MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted Democratic presidential candidates for basically ignoring the constitutional and national security threat coming from the White House.
The “Morning Joe” host said Wednesday night’s debate focused too much on “academic politics,” which he said is a luxury this current political moment can’t afford.
“It seems to me that the battles that we see in these debates remind me of the smallness of academic politics,” Scarborough said. “The smallness, the difference, the minutia between, ‘Did I help you get that passed, did you get that passed, you owe me this, I thank President Obama, but I don’t thank you’ — come on, man.”
Scarborough said one candidate onstage seemed to understand the threat posed by President Donald Trump, but he said the other Democrats largely ignored the grave danger he poses.
“I give Cory Booker such high praise for actually being one of the only people to go, ‘Oh, you all are attacking each other, okay, you guys have fun — hey, Donald Trump, let me tell you why you’re destroying the republic, while you’re attacking (the) constitution,'” Scarborough said.
“These people are talking about how many angels are dancing on the head of a pin while our constitutional norms are being shredded,” he added, “and a president is asking China to interfere with American democracy — something that his intel chiefs have all said is the greatest threat to American democracy. Cory gets it. I’m sorry, most of the people on the stage don’t.”
WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons
Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.
The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.
Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.
Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist
On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.
"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"
White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter
On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.
The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.
The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum