Joe Scarborough says Donald Trump is destroying the GOP

Joe Scarborough hits Donald Trump and Sean Hannity, which he calls "state-run" television

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published July 17, 2017 8:46AM (EDT)

Joe Scarborough; Mika Brzezinski (AP/Evan Agostini)
Joe Scarborough; Mika Brzezinski (AP/Evan Agostini)

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough accused Fox News' Sean Hannity of being "state-run television" due to the latter incessant and unwavering support for President Donald Trump.

"Then going on a T.V. show that basically a state-run television and being asked at the end of that T.V. show, is there anything else that we don’t know about? and Don Jr. saying that’s it," Scarborough proclaimed about Donald Trump Jr., who made a controversial appearance on Hannity's Fox News show to dispel ongoing concerns about his email discussing receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

Scarborough also wants you to know that the Republican Party lost its way after the 1990s — which, conveniently happens to be when Scarborough's career in politics came to an end.

"When I left Congress in 2001, I praised my party’s successful efforts to balance the budget for the first time in a generation and keep many of the promises that led to our takeover in 1994," Scarborough wrote in The Washington Post. "I concluded my last speech on the House floor by foolishly predicting that Republicans would balance budgets and champion a restrained foreign policy for as long as they held power."

Although Scarborough neglects to mention that President Bill Clinton was in office during the period he described, he focuses in depth on the perceived shortcomings of President George W. Bush's administration. Scarborough's criticisms of Bush include passing the Medicare prescription drug benefit ("a $7 trillion unfunded entitlement program"), running up a $1 trillion budget deficit, doubling the national debt and conducting a foreign policy "so utopian it would have made Woodrow Wilson blush."

Of course, Scarborough neglects to point out that the GOP's beau ideal, President Ronald Reagan, was much worse than Bush when it came to many of these issues. How else can one describe referring to the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" or how Bush's average federal outlays were 19.6 percent compared with Reagan's average 22.4 percent?

Scarborough then pivots to denouncing the Republican Party of Donald Trump. He cites Trump's criticisms of the mainstream media, his weakening of long-standing American alliances and embrace of Vladimir Putin's Russian regime and the "fiscal recklessness" of their new budget proposal.

"Last week’s Russia revelations show just how shamelessly Republican lawmakers will stand by a longtime Democrat who switched parties after the promotion of a racist theory about Barack Obama gave him standing in Lincoln’s once-proud party," Scarborough wrote. "Neither Lincoln, William Buckley nor Ronald Reagan would recognize this movement."

Scarborough concludes by predicting that the two party system will disintegrate and hopes that "the wreckage visited of this man will break the Republican Party into pieces — and lead to the election of independent thinkers no longer tethered to the tired dogmas of the polarized past."

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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