Morning Joe Obliterates Trump In Scorching Oped, Predicts ‘A Storm Is Gathering In 2018’
In a blistering op-ed for The Washington Post, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted President Trump for his “anti-democratic” actions in 2017 and predicted that 2018 will be the “most consequential political year of our lives, warning that a “storm is gathering.”
“The reckoning upon us follows a year mercifully drawing to a close this weekend. Over that horrid year, President Trump has questioned the legitimacy of federal judges, used Stalinist barbs to attack the free press and cast contempt on the rule of law, while his campaign manager, his national security adviser and a foreign policy aide have been marched into federal courts,” Scarborough writes.
The “Morning Joe” host writes that Trump’s “low points” included his verbal attacks on immigrants, gold star families, and women, as well as his endorsement of accused sexual predator Roy Moore for an Alabama Senate seat and his statement that there was violence “on both sides” at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“It is difficult to pinpoint the nadir for a man who has savaged Mexicans, Muslims and Gold Star mothers while fat-shaming beauty queens,” Scarborough wrote before adding: “The president told Americans to vote for an accused child molester who had called our country the focus of evil in the modern world and once suggested opposition to the constitutional amendments that ended slavery and gave women the right to vote.”
“Others would surely consider the president’s malignant idiocy in foreign affairs to be the most damning legacy of his first year,” Scarborough writes. “World leaders continue to watch dumbstruck as the United States retreats from organizations that were created following the allies’ victory over Hitler. Those same alliances that Trump now undermines with reckless tweets and discarded treaties carried the United States to victory in the Cold War.”
Scarborough invokes former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, whose book “The Gathering Storm” warns that “isolationist conceptions” can follow even stable political periods.
Scarborough writes that Churchill’s warnings will be “more relevant to 2018 than at any time since it was written in the years after World War II.”
“While Trump’s eroding of U.S. prestige across the globe is disturbing, it is his administration’s undermining of democratic values that poses an even greater threat to our Constitution and country,” he writes.
“Borrowing again from Churchill, America’s constitutional norms tremble in the balance as Trump unleashes furious attacks on First Amendment protections, independent counsels and law enforcement officers who refuse to be bullied,” Scarborough continues.
“While the framers of the Constitution foresaw the possibility of a tyrannical president, they never let their imaginations be darkened by the possibility of a compliant Congress.”
Scarborough, a former GOP lawmaker, has been a consistently tough critic of Trump, and formally left the Republican Party earlier this year.