Joe Scarborough referenced “The Simpsons” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday to mock President Donald Trump’s tentative border deal with Congressional Democrats.
“I just got to go back to the fact Donald Trump had $20 billion in hand for the wall and for border security. He said no to that deal. He then shut down the government over $1.6 billion, saying he needed his $5.7 billion. Instead of $5.7 billion, they give him even less than the $1.6 billion they offered him a month ago,” Scarborough said.
“This reminds me of Homer Simpson and Lionel Hutz negotiating with Montgomery Burns saying, ‘I have another offer for you,’ and hands him a slip of paper that says ‘zero’ and they go, ‘we’ll take it.’ And of course Mr. Burns says, ‘release the hounds.’ Well, the hounds have been released here on Donald Trump.”
Scarborough claimed Republicans were forced to accept the deal because of the way they handled the last government shutdown, and said they had no other card to play. (RELATED: Joe Scarborough Invokes ‘Seinfeld’ To Prove Republicans Don’t Want A Border Wall)
“The rationalization is laughable … let’s break this down. At the end of the day, the last government shutdown was disastrous for Donald Trump. It was disastrous politically for the Republicans,” he said.
“They had no way out, did they? They just basically had to take what they were offered because Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate weren’t going to take another government shutdown.”
The deal will help avoid another partial government shutdown and is said to have been agreed to “in principle” on Monday evening by both Democrats and Republicans. The deal will include $1.375 billion for a border barrier, well short of the $5.7 billion Trump requested. The proposal still faces opposition from conservative members of Congress including Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan of the Freedom Caucus, who have both publicly criticized the deal on Twitter.
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