‘Morning Joe’ Dumps Rick Scott from Interview After He Refuses to Denounce Absurd Trump Bigotry (Video)

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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  • strayaway

    2,996 people were killed on 9/11. 9/11 wasn’t exactly an endorsement of the US. Imagine after 2,500 people were killed at Pearl Harbor, if FDR had set aside the Pearl Harbor incident with PC comments about how not all Japanese people hate the US. Not all Muslim or Japanese people do/did hate the US, of course, but we have a choice here between someone who advocates temporarily restricting Muslim’s from entering the US, as FDR did with Japanese and later presidents did with Communists, and Hillary who can’t bring herself around to saying “radical Islamic” after 9/11 because she said, “its sounds like we are declaring war against a religion”. In fact, we did invade Afghanistan with the goals of getting the “radical Islamist” Bin Laden and destroying the “radical Islamist” Taliban.

    • Stagebandman

      What are you, 12? You obviously know nothing about history. First, FDR sent Japanese-Americans to internment camps after Pearl Harbor…..CAMPS, you know, like the Nazis did with the Jews! 2nd and 3rd generation AMERICANS were suddenly prisoners just because they were of Japanese descent. There, however, has never been any restriction of Japanese or communists entering the U.S. And we invaded Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, not Islam. You cannot declare war on a religion, especially the second largest religion in the world. You want every Muslim to hate America? Well, you’re off to a good start.

      • strayaway

        I didn’t even want to bring up your point about FDR and camps which also makes my point. My points were that FDR treated the murder of 2,500 as an act of war while contemporary Democrats seem to been lobotomized with respect to remembering the 2,996 murders caused by radical Islamic terrorists (they can’t even say that) on 9/11. The Taliban was the Islamic radical group providing cover for Bin Laden. There used to be questions on immigration forms asking if the applicant was a Communist. Answering “yes” ended anyone’ chances of immigrating to the US. “The day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt suspended naturalization proceedings for Italian, German, and Japanese immigrants” by the way. There is no need, nor did anyone suggest declaring a war on Islam but perhaps considering 9/11 and what would have happened had the 9/11 crew had access to backpack nukes instead of boxcutters, increased vigilance and restricted admittance seems like a good idea. Whether or not every Muslim hates America is secondary to preventing more and worse 9/11 incidents.

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