Joe Scarborough on Monday blasted Bill Clinton for attacking Bernie Sanders, arguing his critiques sound like “I’m listening to a loser.”
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Scarborough mocked the former president’s attacks on Sanders: “I’ve heard a form of that speech a thousand times and it’s never good for the one giving it.”
The MSNBC segment featured Bill Clinton taking a shot at Sanders and his supporters while warning potential voters to avoid being “lured” in by “this other guy” (Sanders) who is “madder” than Hillary Clinton just because it “feels authentic [and the] “slogans are easier to say.”
Sanders responded to the former president arguing, “He [Bill Clinton] was somewhere, I think maybe in Nevada, and he said, you know, Bernie Sanders is angry. That’s true. I plead guilty. I am angry. I am angry and millions of Americans are angry. We are angry that our people are working longer hours for lower wages. We are angry that our criminal justice system is broken. And we’re angry that we have a corrupt campaign finance system that allows billionaires to buy elections.” (RELATED: Trump: I’m Not Thin Skinned, I’m Angry [VIDEO])
Co-host Mika Brzezinski chimed in, “Joe, the same — similar response that Donald Trump had to Nikki Haley. Yes, yes, we’re angry.” (RELATED: Trump On Nikki Haley’s SOTU Response: I AM Angry)
Scarbrough said, “it was just a powerful moment for Bernie Sanders. I mean, Bill Clinton got the laugh lines, but, Sam Stein [Morning Joe guest], you don’t have to be a political expert to know who’s in a better position there — the establishment candidate deriding the outsider for saying he’s angry or the outsider that says, yeah, you know what? I am angry. It’s like a softball pitch.”
“I mean no disrespect to Bill Clinton, I really don’t. And I’m not talking about him generally, but specifically in that scene when I hear those words coming out of a politician’s mouth, I know I’m listening to a loser,” Scarborough argued.
“I’m listening to somebody that is losing, that’s saying, “oh, they’ve got better slogans, oh, they’ve got better this, oh, their polls may be a little higher now or, oh, they may be more angry. But… I’ve heard that form of that speech a thousand times and it’s never good for the one giving it,” Scarborough said.
Huffington Post’s Sam Stein agreed, adding, “No, you said it was a softball, it was. I mean, it played right into Bernie’s message. It couldn’t have been delivered by a better person for Bernie, either.” Bill Clinton is “a former president, someone who’s gotten fairly wealthy after his presidency, the most establishment figure in the Democratic Party so I think the contrast was clear [for Sanders].”