MSNBC host Joe Scarborough left the Republican Party with some fanfare on Tuesday, but Scarborough has been attacking Republicans for years.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough rolled out the red carpet for himself on Tuesday and told CBS’ Stephen Colbert he’s leaving the GOP.
“I’ve got to become an independent,” Scarborough said, according to reporting from Politico and other outlets.
Liberals and the New York/D.C. media world may welcome Scarborough’s departure, but political observers who wake up to Scarborough’s program every morning know he has attacked Republicans for years.
In fact, when now-President Donald Trump was battling three other Republican candidates for president – all of them more conservative on some issues than Trump – Scarborough dutifully attacked Trump’s primary opponents.
- He had an unhealthy obsession with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), apparently spurned by Rubio’s “disrespectful” decision to not reach GOP primary voters on the morning MSNBC program. Scarborough and friends “derided [Rubio] for everything from his fashion choices (“shagalicious”) to his lack of legislative accomplishments.”
- As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) staged a last, mostly one-on-one, challenge to Trump, Scarborough talked about how “loathed” Cruz is in Washington.
- And Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), another last man standing, called Scarborough out for fluffing Trump up during the primary: “I mean, look, you guys have a lot of responsibility for this. You know it, too.” Scarborough denied the charges.
Despite Trump’s recent attacks on Scarborough and his co-host and fiancée Mika Brzezinski, the “Morning Joe” hosts had a friendly relationship with Trump for months. As The New York Times noted, “Mr. Scarborough often praised Mr. Trump, initially declined to rule out running as his vice president and told an audience in Manhattan that he had given Mr. Trump political advice.”
So, for some, Scarborough’s exit from the Republican Party isn’t breaking news.
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