This Morning Joe's segment was surreal as Joe Scarborough slammed his party for what it has become. He said the Republican Party is going straight to hell. But what he said after is damning.
Morning Joe excoriates his Republican Party
Joe Scarborough got real on Morning Joe as he slammed his Republican Party for lying continuously and selling its soul to Donald Trump.
Joe Scarborough first played a clip of Donald Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney lying to Bernie Sanders in a Senate hearing. Mulvaney claimed the Trump budget does not cut Medicaid. That caused Morning Joe's Scarborough to go off on an epic rant that went further than he's ever gone in his attack on his GOP.
"Did he say we don't cut Medicaid?" an incredulous Scarborough asked. "That is just a lie. That is a certifiable lie. Now listen. You can debate the 23 Million number. You really can. You can debate, well maybe that's people that choose not to be on it. I understand those arguments. I disagree with them. But I understand them. But, 850 billion dollars is real. Those are real cuts. Why does he keep lying? Why do the Republicans keep looking at the cameras and lie? Who do they think is stupid enough that you can't read the numbers in the Wall Street Journal. It is very clear you are cutting 850 billion dollars in Medicaid, for the poorest of the poor. If you want to do it, embrace it. Don't lie about it. Stop lying about it. We know you are lying about it. We are not stupid. And you Republicans in the House have been lying nonstop about what you are not going to cut and who is not going to lose health coverage. We are not dumb. I understand there has been a coarsening of political culture. I understand that Donald Trump lies all the time. And you are thinking; he got away with it. Right? So you can get away with lying. You can't. Stop with the coarsening of political culture. Okay? You know what the meaning of 'is' is. And you know what $850 billion is. So do not go to Capitol Hill and lie through your teeth."
But then Morning Joe's Scarborough got to the core of what needed to be said. And he was not shy about it. He left it all out there in the denigration of his party.
"It is so maddening," Joe said. "This is my party. My party is going straight to hell. Politically, they are going straight to hell."
Scarborough then enumerated the changes in the party that made it unbearable for him and many other straight line Republicans.
"They have embraced the coarsening of culture where the truth means absolutely nothing," Joe said. "Conservative values mean absolutely nothing. Our traditional allies that have stood by us shoulder to shoulder, bleeding and dying, scaling the cliffs of Normandy to free a continent. That means nothing to these people. They would embrace Vladimir Putin and Russia if Donald Trump does. ... Why do you sell your soul and not just your political soul? You are selling your soul if you just keep lying about things that you know are not true."
Is there any doubt Joe Scarborough is mostly right? More Republicans need to speak up.
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