Joe Scarborough tears into Josh Hawley for tuning out during Trump's impeachment trial

Joe Scarborough suggested that Hawley tuned out during the trial is because he is complicit in the Jan 6. riots

Published February 17, 2021 4:59AM (EST)

Joe Scarborough and Josh Hawley (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
Joe Scarborough and Josh Hawley (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough lambasted Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley for dismissing Donald Trump's impeachment trial and turning a blind eye to the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

During Thursday's monologue on "Morning Joe," tensions were high as Scarborough suggested that the reason Hawley tuned out during the trial is that he is complicit in the Capitol riots given his repeated promotion of false claims of a stolen election.

"You have people that are clearly unfit to serve in the United States Capitol, in the United States Senate," Scarborough said. "Of course, if you're Josh Hawley, you actually are the person who led the insurrection. You're the person most responsible — other than Donald Trump — for that insurrection. You're the person most responsible for a police officer being beaten to death. You're the person most responsible for the cop killing, for the cop beating, for the abusing."

Scarborough went on to criticize other Republican senators who are following in Hawley's footsteps, including Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas. 

"While we see an American tragedy unfolding piece by piece, bit by bit, in front of our very eyes," he said.

He added, "There are no words for people like Hawley, and Cruz, and Rubio, and Rick Scott, who claim this is a waste of our time... But there will be a political judgment at the polls for them. This ends really badly for the party that's already lost the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives."

It was one of the many times Scarborough has criticized Hawley for his action and inaction. 

When Simon & Schuster canceled Hawley's book deal, the senator went on Twitter to express his dismay at the decision made. On Jan.8, Scarborough hit back at Hawley's response and cited an example, "...I decide to commit treason against the United States of America. I decide to commit acts of sedition as Josh Hawley did. I decide to lead an insurrection against the United States of America and inspire actually the ravaging of the United States…I think my publisher has the right to cancel my contract. That's free enterprise at work."

Hawley's canceled book deal wasn't enough to hold him back from appearing on KTVO prior to the impeachment trial in the Senate. During the interview, he said, "The Constitution doesn't give the Senate the power to try and convict private citizens. I mean, it just doesn't."

He added, "Our founders made the choice not to do that, to limit the power of the Senate, and you can see why because if ex-presidents can be tried and convicted once they are out of office, my goodness, every time we have a switch in party, you're going to see now the majority party coming in and saying let's try the ex-president."

By Kaity Assaf

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