Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) evaded questions about Russia’s conduct in Syria and threatened to walk off an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning.
Rohrabacher, who was recently dubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman” by Politico, attempted to defend his view that the U.S. should join with Russia to fight “radical Islam” regardless of Russia’s human rights abuses as he complained that host Joe Scarborough interrupted him.
“Dana, how did the United States sit back and do absolutely nothing as Assad was slaughtering his people and the Russians stepped in and joined in on that slaughter?” Scarborough asked Rohrabacher. “Why did we do nothing?”
“Well, that’s a question that’s based on false premises, as far as I’m concerned,” Rohrabacher said.
“No, it’s not,” Scarborough interjected. “No, it’s not.”
“Wait, a minute, you want me to answer your question?” Rohrabacher said.
“No, I just don’t want you to lie on my television show,” Scarborough said.
Rohrabacher continued to complain that Scarborough was interrupting him.
“OK, goodbye! Goodbye,” Rohrabacher said. “If you’re not going to let me say anything, it’s goodbye!”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski interjected and told Rohrabacher to make his point. Rohrabacher then argued that the U.S. should partner with Putin to defeat radical Islam as the U.S. partnered with Communist dictator Joseph Stalin to defeat Nazism.
“We allied with Stalin in order to defeat Hitler,” he said. “Stalin was a horrible man, he murdered millions of people. But we knew Hitler was the bigger threat.”
Scarborough quipped that the comparison of Putin to Stalin is “apt.”
Rohrabacher’s microphone was eventually cut as he continued to speak over questions and insisted that Russia isn't an "enemy."