Joe Scarborough Slams Wisconsin Election: ‘Most Extraordinarily Reckless Thing I’ve Seen in My Political Life’
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has blasted Wisconsin Republicans for forcing an election to be held during the global pandemic. The Morning Joe host strongly criticized the state GOP, which took the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to hold the election to the state’s highest court.
“Of all the things that I’ve seen in my 25 years of politics and being associated with politics and reporting on politics, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything as reckless and irresponsible with the public health as what I saw yesterday where Republicans, Republicans jammed down the throat of Wisconsin voters an election in the middle of a pandemic where they had to stand in lines close to each other,” Scarborough said.
“And, yes, you can say this, the Republicans that jammed this election through risked the lives of countless Wisconsin voters and those in other states. This is, after all, Mika, if you want to know what this is about as we look at these pictures, this is about a Wisconsin legislature and a Wisconsin Republican Party in Wisconsin that has spent the last decade doing everything they could do to twist and distort voting outcomes and elections.”
“You don’t believe me? In 2018 the numbers here, democratic candidates won by more than 190,000 votes for the state assembly, right? Pretty much a landslide. Yet, the GOP has so gerrymandered and twisted up the state, that despite the fact that Democrats won by 190,000 more votes than Republicans, the GOP held a 64 to 35 advantage in that chamber.”
“It’s just been an ongoing effort, Willie, by Wisconsin Republicans to make sure that black voters, to make sure Hispanic voters, to make sure Democratic voters, they don’t get their say and that — that it’s not one person, one vote. And yesterday was the most extraordinarily reckless thing I’ve seen in my political life.”
“In the middle of a pandemic, just not waiting till June like every other state. Because you know what? They had a Supreme Court seat that they wanted to win. They wanted the Democrats to stay at home. They wanted to win the Supreme Court seat so they could pass more legislation which would disenfranchise more black voters.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.