MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blamed President Donald Trump’s supporters for failing their most basic civic responsibility by remaining willfully ignorant and swallowing his lies.
The president claimed his betrayal of the Kurds was actually keeping them safe, despite credible reports of war crimes against them by Turkey, and the “Morning Joe” host challenged rally-goers to open their eyes — and believe what they see.
“It’s the responsibility to people that show up at those rallies to not be stupid, to not be so stupid that they should be kept away from blenders,” Scarborough said. “All they have to do is spend three seconds actually watching the news, all they have to do is spend three seconds on Google, spend three seconds talking to somebody that is not completely brainwashed to see that this is a horrible deal for the Kurds.”
“The Kurds are going to be wiped out, and Donald Trump said it was a great deal for Turkey because Turkey doesn’t have to kill millions of people,” he added.
Trump is fully to blame for the ethnic cleansing that’s already underway in Syria, which the president authorized Turkey to undertake and excused at the rally, but Scarborough said that Trump fanatics allow him to get away with those human rights abuses.
“It is so absolutely flummoxing what the president said this week,” he said, “and the responsibility, you know, sure, it’s with the president, but at this point it’s with the people cheering and waving things, Trump flags, in the audience. They have a responsibility to not be dumb, and they have a responsibility to be informed. They have a responsibility not to be ignorant, and all I’m asking is that they just spend two or three minutes actually looking at the news and educating themselves.”
They’re letting the president get away with horrific and obvious lies, and Scarborough said Trump fans should be ashamed of themselves.
“If you were at that rally last night, everything, just about everything the president told you about the Kurds, about Turkey, about the Middle East was a lie,” Scarborough said, “and we’re all going to pay for it, you’re going to pay for it, we’re going to pay for it, our children are going to pay for it, our country’s going to pay for it with the rise of ISIS. This is coming again.”
“The Pentagon warned the president a month ago that ISIS was going to rise again if we didn’t hold a tough line,” he added. “The president has quivered and collapsed again. He’s been a collaborator with Vladimir Putin, he’s been a collaborator with (Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan. He’s been a collaborator with all of our enemies. He’s strengthened Iran, he’s weakened our closest allies. You need to read some news, whoever you trust. Read your local newspaper, go on Google. Don’t go to the stupid sites where people make things up, read the news because we’re all going to pay for in for years to come.”
Republicans are treating voters like ‘children’ with their defense of Trump: Ex-presidential adviser
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former presidential adviser David Gergen laid into Republican lawmakers for claiming that the impeachment probe is only based on "hearsay."
"The Republicans are treating us like idiots," said Gergen. "They just — they say you're only bringing forth hearsay. You don't have any firsthand information. We know there are three people who know exactly what happened. One is named [Rudy] Giuliani. One is chief of staff [Mick] Mulvaney and the third is [John] Bolton. And what's happened here? They all three have been called. The president said no, you must not talk. So the Republicans then come up and say, well, you only have hearsay."
Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter
Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.
But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.
"What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?" MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. "Does he look like he’s going down?"
"He does," Dilanian replied.
"And also, physically, he doesn't look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around," he continued. "He doesn't look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona."
GOP lawmaker smacked down after suggesting impeachment is only for capital crimes
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) tried to argue that impeachment is only intended for when presidents commit capital crimes — and was immediately corrected by anchor Chris Hayes.
"I saw an earlier interview you gave to Chuck Todd where you didn’t think this was, so far, from what you’ve heard of, the level of impeachable behavior," said Hayes. "I’m curious what you view the standard as the Constitution sets out for you as being high crimes and treason and misdemeanor."
"Crimes that are subject to the penalty of death is essentially what the Constitution is to me indicating with impeachment," said Reed. "And this whole claim of bribery, the American people aren’t stupid, Chris. This is not going to sustain the review of the American people, and they’re the ultimate ones who are going to judge this because I don’t see this becoming an impeachable subject to the removal of the president."