Joe Scarborough: Law and Order Isn’t a ‘Magical Card to Play’ for Donald Trump

Joe Scarborough: Law and Order Isn’t a ‘Magical Card to Play’ for Donald Trump

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough argued on Friday that law and order rhetoric may not benefit President Donald Trump as much as he thinks it will. The Morning Joe host pointed to the campaign pulling ads with law and order messaging and recent polling.

MSNBC analyst John Heilemann was discussing recent polling in Midwestern states including Wisconsin, which Trump narrowly won in 2016.

“[T]he people in the middle of the electorate who did not love Donald Trump in 2016, who did not give him a primary victory in 2016 they were very turned off by the way the President seemed to be pouring gasoline on the fire,” Heilemann said.

“They were worried about law and order but they were worried about Donald Trump not condemning the vigilante shooter in their state and their worried about that as much as anything. Donald Trump’s divisiveness was the core issue there and I think that’s showing up in the polls in a very consistent way in that state.”

“And again, this is the second time, June 1 and then post Kenosha where Donald Trump has trotted out the law and order spiel thinking that’s somehow is going to be the magic card to play,” Scarborough said.

“That this is 1968. We’ve been saying for a long time, it’s not 1968. He’s President of the United States. If people see chaos in the streets, that is still, at least until January 20, they think, Donald Trump’s America. And word from [AP’s] Jonathan Lemire that the White House has now pulled all of their law and order ads and are moving into another direction focusing on the economy because the law and order argument keeps failing.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor