MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough claims "the blood that is spilled" in hate crimes is on the hands of President Donald Trump, blaming the president's rhetoric for inciting politically-motivated violence and threats.
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Speaking on his show, "Morning Joe," on Monday, Scarborough went on a tirade over comments President Trump made at the National Rifle Association convention over the weekend.
"They tried for a coup, didn't work out so well. And I didn't need a gun for that one, did I?" President Trump says in a clip, presumably referring to allegations that people within the intelligence community targeted him and his administration. "Corruption at the highest level — a disgrace. Spying, surveillance, trying for an overthrow; and we caught 'em. We caught 'em," he added.
Scarborough reacted by saying of the president's comments, "I mean, I've just gotta say, everything he said there was a lie," while his wife and co-host, Mika Brzezinski, agreed.
"An overthrow was a lie," Scarborough asserted. "That's the sort of inflammatory rhetoric that we've been talking about, where the president is trying to move people to violence. An overthrow? That's a lie," the host continued, arguing it was the president's own Justice Department that launched the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion.
"So, I'm not really confused, I know you're trying to stir up hate and maybe even violence, because, your words, they certainly go on the border an awful lot" the former Republican congressman said, speaking directly to the president. "But, a coup? That's just a lie, you know it's a lie, you know it's irresponsible, you know it's as irresponsible as when you say 'enemy of the people.'"
"That's kind of like when you talked about a Second Amendment solution to stopping Hillary Clinton from appointing federal judges that people didn't like, Second Amendment solution, the killing of Hillary Clinton. We are so far beyond dog whistles here, Donald," Scarborough continued. "The blood, the blood that is spilled is on your hands. From white nationalists, from people that listen to that sort of rhetoric, any violence to journalists, enemy of the people. The kill list."
Scarborough went on to tell the president, "You are unfit to be president of the United States, but you can do something about that. You can restrain before there is more bloodshed, because, let me tell you, the synagogue shootings are not going to stop until you call out white nationalism by its name, and allow the federal government to actually see white nationalism as a threat," in light of the mass murder at a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday.
The pundit further urged the president to condemn white nationalism.
"For the sake of Jews that keep getting gunned down, and for the sake of others who are put in danger by your words," he said.
Over the weekend, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the president spoke out against white nationalism after the 2017 tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, telling CNN's Jake Tapper, "When President Trump condemned racism, bigotry, evil violence, and then took it many steps further and called out neo-Nazis, white supremacists, KKK, that was darn near perfection."