Scarborough Torches ‘Ill-Informed’ Trump And ‘Failing’ GOP In Scorching Op-Ed
In just six months into his presidency, Donald Trump has proved to be a political disaster for the Republican party, which prompted “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough to not only leave the Republican Party but to urge the GOP to think about leaving itself too.
“The Republican Party lost its senses,” Scarborough wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Monday. “The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments.”
Scarborough continued, saying that Trump has essentially taken his once “grand old party” and helped it devolve into one that wanders aimlessly searching for a cause and led by a president, who is “hopelessly ill-informed” about conservatism as well as the Constitution and American history.
Citing former President Abraham Lincoln, Scarborough noted that Republicans have failed their party’s first president.
“Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Lincoln said. Scarborough wrote that both Trump and the GOP have failed that test.
He said that Trump’s failures are stacking up but it’s GOP leaders who are the more corrupting influences defying Lincoln’s message and legacy. The problem didn’t begin with the party embracing “their favorite reality-TV star [as he] brought his gaudy circus act to Washington.” The problem began long before.
“The GOP president questioned America’s constitutional system of checks and balances,” Scarborough began his list. “Republican leaders said nothing. He echoed Stalin and Mao by calling the free press ‘the enemy of the people.’ Republican leaders were silent. And as the commander in chief insulted allies while embracing autocratic thugs, Republicans who spent a decade supporting wars of choice remained quiet. Meanwhile, their budget-busting proposals demonstrate a fiscal recklessness very much in line with the Bush years.”
All while their party’s leader is being crushed under the weight of Russia-related scandals. At the same time, “Republican lawmakers will stand by a longtime Democrat who switched parties after the promotion of a racist theory about former President Barack Obama gave him standing in Lincoln’s once-proud party,” Scarborough wrote. He argued that no Republican president in history would even be able to recognize their party.
“It is a dying party that I can no longer defend,” he wrote.