MSNBC host Joe Scarborough labeled gun violence an “epidemic” Friday on “Morning Joe,” and accused GOP leaders of purposely allowing it to spread.
“Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump do nothing about it, and I will say these words were apparent in Parkland along with all of the other horrors that I would be experiencing right now, these words ‘we will do anything to protect you’ would sting the most because Donald Trump knew this day was coming. Donald Trump knows another school shooting is coming,” Scarborough said.
He then pivoted to the opioid crisis and attempted to tie the two issues together, suggesting Republicans will allow gun violence to spread until they are all out of excuses.
“Donald Trump knows another church shooting is coming. More Christians will be gunned down in churches in middle America. More country music fans will be gunned down at concerts across America. How do we know? Because we also know that more Americans are going to die of opioids, because we’re in the middle of an epidemic and for some reason, Gene, this is the one epidemic that Republicans will allow to spread until every last — I’m sorry, every last excuse is used up and their excuses are so stupid,” Scarborough said.
“People have to be really stupid to believe the things that Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are telling them right now about constitutional rights. Go to Google. They’re lying to you,” he concluded. “It is not a constitutional right to have a military-style gun.”
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