Joe Scarborough on Trump’s Threats of Military Force: ‘History Will Judge the Complicit’

Joe Scarborough on Trump’s Threats of Military Force: ‘History Will Judge the Complicit’

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough echoed the words of journalist Anne Applebaum on Thursday. Quoting extensively from a new article, the Morning Joe host agreed with Applebaum that history will judge those who don’t speak out against the President as he threatens to use the military against protesters.

“And what you saw and what Americans saw was, again, Donald Trump using the United States military to come into American streets,” Scarborough said.

“As James Mattis said, to use their power and their might and their reputation to clear out a group of civilians who were peacefully protesting, to set up what James Mattis called, quote, a bizarre photo-op. And it was a bizarre photo-op.”

“The Atlantic over the past several days has had — published three extraordinary piece. One of course was admiral Mike Mullen’s letter. The next, yesterday, what we’re talking about, of course, James Mattis’ extraordinary statement.”

“But also Anne Applebaum just wrote one of the most important pieces I’ve read over the past three years, talking about Republicans who have sacrificed their values, their — whether it’s their values, what they claim to believe in church, or what they claim to believe about the state.”

“She wrote about history judging the complicit. It is, again, one of the most important articles of not only this year, but of this era.”

Scarborough read a long extract from Applebaum’s article and concluded saying:

“Ben Sasse, Republican senator from Nebraska, said this, quote, I’m against clearing out peaceful protests for a photo-op that treats the word of God as a political prop. Why can’t the Vice President say the same thing? Important questions, not just for today, but, again, for this era. And for the way history will judge the complicit.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor