The Wednesday panel of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” mocked The New York Times’ attack on Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio for buying a “luxury speedboat” on a moderate income. The boat was, in fact, a fairly standard fishing boat. (RELATED: New York Times Attacks Marco Rubio For Not Being Rich Enough)
“Now that I’ve seen the boat, I’ve changed my mind. It’s new money,” co-host Mika Brzezinski joked. “I think I saw that boat on ‘Entourage.'”
“It’s a 240-foot yacht!” co-host Joe Scarborough yelled. “Oh wait a second, it’s a 24-foot fishing boat …”
“The New York Times is discrediting themselves with this story — as people who have never gone fishing,” said The Blaze’s Amy Holmes. “I mean, to call that boat a luxury speedboat is absurd.”
“No fisherman in America would call that a ‘luxury’ — that’s what you get to load your family up and go out fishing if you live if a place like, I don’t know, Miami?” added Scarborough, who is himself a Florida native. (RELATED: Surprise! NYT’s Embarrassing Rubio Hit Piece Came From Democratic Super PAC)
“I don’t think there is a lot of deep sea fishing at The New York Times,” co-host Willie Geist agreed. “$80,000 is not nothing, but if you call it a luxury speedboat, it makes people think he’s on a yacht owned perhaps by some other candidates.”
“I think candidates’ finances are fair game, and we do it to all candidates. But when you read through this, it feels a bit like a reach,” he continued.
“Of course, he’s running against a guy who grew up on Walker Point in Maine,” Scarborough said. “I don’t know if anybody’s seen this — again, we’ll talk about this later. But if this is all The New York Times and Marco’s opponents have on Marco, Marco is doing pretty well right now.”