Joe Scarborough rips John Kennedy for calling Nancy Pelosi "dumb": "That’s your moment when you die"

"By the way, senator, guess what? No matter what you do for the rest of your life, that’s your moment when you die"

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published November 7, 2019 9:39PM (EST)

Morning Joe (MSNBC)
Morning Joe (MSNBC)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., was condemned by the "Morning Joe" panel after he accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of being “dumb” while on stage at a rally for President Donald Trump.

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to impeach him,” Kennedy said, prompting boos from the crowd. “I don’t mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb.”

At that point, the crowd cheered.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who represented Florida as a Republican in Congress, then expressed disgust Thursday over Kennedy’s comments.

“Yeah, he actually does mean disrespect, and he has degraded himself,” Scarborough said of Kennedy.

"By the way, senator, guess what? No matter what you do for the rest of your life, that’s your moment when you die," the "Morning Joe" host continued. "Your bio 30, 40 years from now, whenever it has ⁠— that’s your moment. Congratulations, you did it for a man who committed crimes.”

Pelosi was, in fact, initially opposed to impeaching Trump despite the urging of some members of her caucus. Although alleged attempts by the president to obstruct Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were outlined in the former special counsel’s report, Pelosi resisted calls for a formal impeachment inquiry until a whistleblower revealed an alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine.

“This is news,” Pelosi told the Washington Post earlier this year. “I’m going to give you some news right now, because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

You can watch Kennedy's appearance at the Trump rally below via MSNBC:

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), director Jason Reitman ("The Front Runner"), inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, World War II historian Joshua Levine (consultant to "Dunkirk"), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), seismologist John Vidale, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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