MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough explained in a Sunday op-ed for The Washington Post why he thinks the Republican Party is “dying” and President Donald Trump is the one killing it.
“It is a dying party that I can no longer defend,” Scarborough wrote, after saying, “I didn’t leave the Republican party. The Republican party left it’s senses.”
The former congressman from Florida described the GOP as having devolved into an “amalgam of talk-radio resentments,” with a leader who is “hopelessly ill-informed.” He believes Republicans have a “monopoly” over the government and have wasted every opportunity they’ve been given since he left Congress in 2001.
Scarborough announced he was leaving the GOP on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” alongside his co-host and fiancee Mika Brzezinski. During the appearance he said,
You have to ask yourself, what in fact is the Republican party willing to do? How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and their values are they willing to sell out?
In his WaPo piece he accuses Trump of acting like dictators Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong because Trump called the media “the enemy of the people.”
Scarborough echoed these sentiments on his MSNBC show “Morning Joe” Monday, saying, “Republicans are literally following him [Trump] over an ideological cliff.
“This party would be unrecognizable to William Buckley, or Ronald Reagan, or so many other Republicans.”
Scarborough’s tone became positive at the end of his article when he said historians would judge Trump as an anomaly, but one that blew up the system so badly that America will be forced to break away from the two-party system, and begin to elect “independent thinkers” who are not “tethered to the tired dogmas of the polarized past.”
“When that day mercifully arrives, the two-party duopoly that has strangled American politics for almost two centuries will finally come to an end. And Washington just may begin to work again.”
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