Morning Joe‘s Joe Scarborough called out President Donald Trump’s dangerous rhetoric Thursday morning. Scarborough compared Trump’s anti-press language to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and connected his rhetoric to acts of violence.
Scarborough and co-host Mike Brzezinski were covering the arrest of a Coast Guard officer who was planning a mass terror attack and had used a government computer to research it.
“Mika, unfortunately we’ve seen time and again, we’ve seen people that are unhinged that aren’t working on government computers, people that listen to and believe conspiracy theories, conspiracy theories that are fanned by the President and his supporters,” Scarborough said.
“Whether you talk about Pizzagate, whether you talk about the madness that is spread around on the internet, and then we have the President of the United States instead of tamping up these theories, actually stirring them up,” he said
“Using Stalinist phrases like ‘enemies of the people’ that only tyrants have used in the past. No American president used it,” Scarborough said “And as I’ve been saying for well over a year now, it’s a phrase that, actually, the Soviet Union outlawed after the death of Joseph Stalin because it was used to destroy human beings.”
“So you have a president who churns up the conspiracy theories, who churns up hatred of the press, who spits out phrases like ‘enemies of the people’, and he sits there and, again, something like this happens, not a word. Not a single word on Twitter.”
“Not a response to yesterday morning’s warning from the New York Times,” Scarborough said. “Again, the timing of this all this is just so obvious. We should be shocked that we are not more shocked that the publisher of the New York Times tells the President of the United States, you know, you keep calling the press enemies of the people and you’re going to get somebody hurt, you’re going to get somebody killed. He writes that in the morning and in the afternoon we have this conspiracy to actually kill top Democratic lawmakers who oppose Donald Trump and journalists who dare to report the truth about Donald Trump.”
“This is pretty simple. It’s all on the President’s shoulders. It’s all the President’s fault. And he sits there with his mouth shut, for once in his life, doesn’t say anything, doesn’t tweet anything, which, of course, makes it even more on him.”
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