Joe Scarborough went on an lengthy rant Thursday on “Morning Joe” insisting, “I want a rock rib conservative that can kick ass and not only win elections but can take this country back and a mellow dude who happened to know how to get conjoined twins taken apart, that’s not the ticket” referring to Ben Carson.
Scarborough’s rant began after clips from a Bloomberg focus group played where people voiced strong support for the neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate.
However, Scarborough doesn’t agree with Carson’s appeal suggesting, “I still have a blind spot about Ben Carson. I have seen guys and women running for City Council in Pensacola, Florida who were good people, who got in there and because they didn’t know how to govern, they had no experience, they didn’t know how to negotiate, they didn’t know how to do deals they didn’t know how to work with other people, they didn’t know how to handle constituent services, that on a local level in Pensacola, Florida, they were a disaster.” (RELATED: Carson: Islam Is Not Consistent With The Constitution)
Scarborough made the comparison explaining, “I have seen people on school boards that were good, Christian people. That got elected because they were good, Christian people. They went on school boards and ended up with grand juries coming after them not because they were bad people but because they were so over their heads on the Escambia County school board!” (RELATED: Ben Carson Unable To Explain Stance On Debt Limit)
Scarborough continued, “And people are looking at this guy and saying he’s a good, decent, Christian guy and they are ready for him to be President of the United States. I am sorry, I’m going to stop right here. And I’m not going to get on this train where I say I understand why people would vote for Ben Carson as President of the United States. And I can tell you, we’re going down a dangerous path as a party and a dangerous path as a country if we Republicans or Democrats start electing people because they’re nice Christian folk.”
Later in Thursday’s show Scarborough insisted, “I know there are a couple of idiots that are going to say, ‘Ohh, Manhattan elites and Joe Scarborough, da da da da.’ No, all of these people [in the focus groups], I know them. They all voted for me. And quite frankly if I ran again they would vote for me again despite what I’m saying right now about Ben Carson. I’m not being an elitist when I say Ben Carson is not qualified to be President of the United States. I don’t get why they aren’t talking about someone who can actually get us out of the mess — I say this as a Republican — Barack Obama has put us in.”
Scarborough concluded his rant explaining, “This is not about me not getting my party. I don’t want it to be a moderate party, I don’t want it to be a Rockefeller. I want a rock rib conservative that can kick ass and not only win elections but can take this country back and a mellow dude who happened to know how to get conjoined twins taken apart, that’s not the ticket.”
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