In case you haven’t heard, Donald Trump has made headlines once again by publicly declaring that Islam – all of it – hates the United States. We’re long past the point of this being funny anymore. I don’t hesitate to say that I fully believe Trump has essentially become the leader of his own hate group. Especially based on the hostile, aggressive and violent behavior that’s become commonplace at his rallies.
Though I’m sure these comments surprise absolutely nobody who’s been paying attention over the last few months.
Well, a self-described friend of Donald Trump, Florida Governor Rick Scott, was interviewed by MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday and was asked by Joe Scarborough flat-out if the governor agreed with the current Republican presidential frontrunner that Islam hates the United States.
Scott blatantly refused to answer.
“Would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements that Muslims, that Islam hates America and Islam hates us,” Scarborough asked.
Scott then proceeded to ramble something off about Florida Muslims and how his state was “heading in the right direction,” clearly trying to avoid answering a very simple yes or no question.
“I want to know what’s going on in your head, governor,” Scarborough pressed. “We’re friends. Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates America?”
Again, Scott refused to answer.
This is when co-host Mika Brzezinski decided to get involved, once again asking if Scott agrees with Trump… only to have the governor continue to refuse to answer.
“Rick, I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward, but can you answer the question, or should we scoot,” Brzezinski asked.
With a stupid grin on his face, Scott continued to repeat the same kind of drivel he had already said, prompting Brzezinski to abruptly end the interview and go to commercial.
This was ridiculous. The question was direct and incredibly simple – but Rick Scott flat-out refused to answer. He obviously agrees with Donald Trump and doesn’t want to admit it publicly, otherwise that’s not a question you avoid answering. The only reason someone would refuse to answer that question is if they agree with the disgusting statement, but they didn’t want to be technically put on record agreeing with it.
At this point, how do Republicans defend this? Not only does Trump’s popularity continue to soar the more vile he gets, but now you essentially have many fairly prominent elected members of your party who are agreeing with his hateful, ignorant rhetoric. Because while Rick Scott doesn’t make a ton of headlines nationally nowadays, he is still the governor of the third largest state in the United States.
As this whole presidential race goes on, I continue to be more and more embarrassed that these hate-filled, bigoted, racist bottom-feeders are allowed to represent my country.
Watch the interview below via MSNBC:
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