On Tuesday’s episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” a series of gaffes by former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain over the last two days inspired a visceral reaction from Scarborough, who took aim at both his conservative detractors and the GOP candidate.
“The thing is, when I started criticizing Herman Cain early on, of course all the right-wingers started attacking me,” Scarborough said, citing defenders of Cain among conservative bloggers and commentators.
And while many former defenders, according to the “Morning Joe” host, are souring on Cain, he let everyone know he has been embarrassed by the candidate for weeks.
“You know, I was embarrassed about this weeks ago,” he continued. “I was embarrassed that Herman Cain was the standard bearer for the Republican Party. That man that can’t answer a basic question about foreign policy is the standard bearer for my party and that embarrasses me. That didn’t embarrass a lot of people a couple of weeks ago when they should have been embarrassed. Guess what, I think they are embarrassed now.”
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Later, Scarborough went on to tell everyone he had said this, despite having his “conservative credentials” called into question.
“Mika, I don’t mean to underline this, but you have been sitting here for four years as I have said things about Republicans and then I have been bashed by the far right for telling the truth about weak Republican candidates and then what I say happens,” he said. “And I hate to say, ‘Look, look,’ but this happens too much — so much that I’m just getting really tired of it. Four years later my conservative credentials being questioned because I tell the truth about somebody before the rest of the world tells the truth about somebody.”