MSNBC's Joe Scarborough denounced Sen. John Kennedy's questioning of one of President Joe Biden's nominees, who he suggested was a communist sympathizer because she was born in Soviet-controlled Kazakhstan.

The president has nominated Cornell University law professor Saule Omarova to serve as Comptroller of the Currency, but the Louisiana Republican grilled her over her upbringing in the USSR, and the "Morning Joe" host ripped Kennedy's line of questioning.

"You may look at that and think that Sen. Kennedy is stupid," Scarborough said. "No, he's not, he knew exactly what he was doing. He went to Oxford. This is what's going around the Republican Party, people that went to Ivy League schools, went to Oxford, try to play as dumb as possible for the cameras -- they're not fooling anybody. That was as cynical and hateful of a spectacle attacking somebody because they were born in a totalitarian regime, one of the most evil regimes in the history of this planet and they're attacking somebody for having the horrible misfortune of being born under that regime and being indoctrinated from a young age -- he's trying to use that against somebody who came over here."

"You could have said the same thing about [Aleksandr] Solzhenitsyn, about [Andrei] Sakharov, about Gary Kasparov, the greatest dissidents in the history of the Soviet Union, [who] went through the same thing -- they indoctrinate their children," Scarborough continued. "Here you have an American senator, of the United States of America, who's trying to attack a woman because her parents had the misfortune of being born in one of the most brutal regimes in the history of mankind."

"This was sick," agreed co-host Mika Brzezinski. "This was really hard to watch. It made me want to cry."

"I'm sorry," Scarborough added, "it's beyond despicable."

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough denounced Senator John Kennedy's questions for Biden nominee