Morning Joe: How Can Lindsey Graham Stay Quiet When John McCain Is ‘Mocked And Ridiculed’ By Trump?

The MSNBC panel couldn't understand Graham's reluctance to defend his old friend

President Donald Trump reportedly mocked the late Senator John McCain in the hours before his State of the Union address on Tuesday. “By the way, he wrote a book and the book bombed,” Trump told TV anchors. The Morning Joe panel tried to understand why Senator Lindsey Graham had not jumped to the defense of his long-time friend and mentor.

Morning Joe regular Willie Geist and host Joe Scarborough discussed Trump declaring a state of emergency, which Graham has said he would support.

“Lindsey Graham has lost his mind. I just don’t even understand what has happened,” former Senator Claire McCaskill told Geist. “I do not know. It’s beyond bizarre to me. This is not the man I served shoulder to shoulder with so many years. I really don’t understand.”

“It must have something to do with how he views the President,” she said. “Frankly, the notion that this president was insulting John McCain yesterday, and Lindsey Graham is standing tall for him. I do not understand why Lindsey Graham is not throwing a haymaker in defense of John McCain towards this President. So I don’t get Lindsey Graham.”

“Just to put Lindsey Graham’s behavior in the starkest relief possible, how does a man or a woman stay quiet when their dear friend, their political mentor, who is dead, is mocked and ridiculed and attacked by a sitting President of the United States?” Scarborough asked. “I think, for me, if someone did that to my dead friend or my dead mentor, for me, that’s one of the few things in politics I would consider to be unforgivable.”

“For Lindsey Graham, you know what you call it? You call it Tuesday. That’s what you call it,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough has been strongly critical of Graham recently, denouncing his support for the President on Tuesday’s show.

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

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Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.

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