On Monday morning, the co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" were all over the Republican speakers who appeared at CPAC over the weekend for trying to top Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric in an effort to jump to the lead for the 2024 presidential nomination.
Simply put, as co-host Joe Scarborough put it: "They looked like clowns."
According to co-host Willie Geist, "One of the concerns I've heard from Republicans, the kind that John [Lemire] is talking about, John McCain, George W. Bush, Reagan Republicans -- even if Donald Trump doesn't run again, even if he's pushed to the side and forgotten over the next few years, it's all the mini-Trumps coming up through the system having learned a lesson that the way to become president of the United States in Trump's case is to be seen as fighting, not to get mired down in policy discussions but to always be aggrieved and always seen as fighting. We see that with [Sen.] Ted Cruz and a bunch of freshman members too."
"I think I'm in the distinct minority when I say this," co-host Scarborough began, "I don't think Trumpism is transferrable as a national message only because, after eight years of Ronald Reagan, Republicans were sure they were going to be able to extend Reaganism over the next decade as far as continuing to win the White House after Reagan and Bus. What is it, Democrats have won seven of eight popular votes starting in 1992?"
Turning to the current field of GOP lawmakers jockeying to fill Trump's shoes, Scarborough -- using a comical voice -- ridiculed Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Joah Hawley (R-MO) over their speeches at CPAC.
"It was horrible," the MSNBC host stated. "And Josh Hawley, 'doggone it, I'm being censored. I'm so weak. I went to Yale. I went to Stanford, poor me.' It's really, I mean, these guys, you look at them and go, oh, I do want us to consider starting a GoFundMe site for their acting lessons, because they're so bad."
"What Donald Trump was able to do in 2016 before he lost every election after that, none of these other people can do," he continued before adding, "and they just look like clowns when they try."
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