By Ben Johnson
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough lashed out at those with lingering doubts about the 2020 presidential election in a red-faced rant during the first hour of Friday’s “Morning Joe.” Those who don’t accept the outcome of the 2020 election at face value should “get the Hell out,” because they’re “unworthy” of being Americans, he said. Those citizens should be replaced by “millions of immigrants” who will “fight” for Scarborough’s version of the American “creed.”
Later in the show, his words were seconded by a former Democratic U.S. senator.
“If you don’t have respect in American democracy anymore, if you don’t respect Madisonian checks and balances if your guy doesn’t win — if that’s the new rules of engagement for this great republic, then just leave our country! Because you’re unworthy of it!” he said, his voice rising, intensity escalating, as he wagged his finger at viewers.
Scarborough called for a new wave of ultra-patriotic immigrants to take their place.
“There are millions of immigrants who will come here and raise their right hand and buy into the creed, and believe that we are exceptional, that believe American democracy is the greatest government on the face of the Earth!” he continued. “And they will do it proudly — they will salute the flag proudly! And most importantly, they will fight for what that flag represents while you shame yourself, while you disgrace yourself, while you disgrace our great country in the eyes of the world. Yes, this is all on you,” he continued.
A poll conducted by PRRI earlier this month found that “two-thirds of Republicans (66%) agree that the election was stolen.”
Scarborough said they were insufficiently educated or patriotic.
“Get the facts! Live in the light! Follow the truth! And love this country!” he said, as he resumed yelling. “And stop this! Or leave — or leave. If you’re going to believe a reality TV show host’s lies about the American republic, his desecration of American exceptionalism, then just get the Hell out. We don’t want you here. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
“You couldn’t have said it better, actually,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Some viewers, however, were less receptive.
“Pulling an Olbermann,” commented Pradheep J. Shanker.
But former U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill repeated Scarborough’s call for Americans to leave their own country during the second hour of “Morning Joe.”
“It is really an issue of a war against the Constitution,” said the former Democratic Missouri senator.
“And I’m with you, Joe,” she continued. “If you don’t believe in our Constitution, then go find a country whose constitution you like.”
“Right,” Brzezinski added. “Don’t they understand they are weakening this country internationally — step, by step, by step?”
“They don’t care,” Scarborough replied. “They don’t care.”
It’s not clear if the Left will cancel Scarborough, a former Republican lawmaker, for his statement that Americans should be ejected from their own country if they don’t agree with his views. “‘Love It or Leave It’ Has a Racist History,” Mother Jones reported in 2019.]
Author: Ben Johnson