Another day, another bizarre blooper by Joe Scarborough regarding the trial of George Zimmerman.
We reported yesterday that Scarborough—ignoring the rule against double jeopardy—claimed that the absence of African-Americans on the jury would subject a verdict to immediate appeal. Today, the Morning Joe host curiously claimed that the prosecution had a big hill to climb because "you don't know who fired the shot." What? Zimmerman has admitted from the beginning that he shot Trayvon Martin, albeit in self-defense. When Al Sharpton [who has actually been more circumspect in his remarks about the trial than Scarborough] pointed this out, Scarborough quickly changed the subject. Scarborough also claimed that he, Sharpton and "everybody" think the same as to what was in Zimmerman's mind. Really? View the video after the jump.
In the course of 24 hours, Scarborough—a Florida lawyer—has veered from a a pro-prosecution argument that a first-year law student should have known was flawed, to ignoring a fact that has been on the record for over a year. What's shaking with Scarborough?
Note: perhaps even more significant than Scarborough's stumble on the facts was this statement: "you can certainly go into the mind. You can speculate. But when you go from what I think, what Al thinks, what John, what everybody thinks, and then you have to get over that burden, that the prosecution has to get over in a case like this, it's going to be really tough."
Is Joe saying that he, Sharpton and "everybody" think alike? about Zimmerman's state of mind Is he suggesting that "everybody" believes that Zimmerman was acting with unjustified malice? If so, it's time for Joe to get out of the liberal echo chamber.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: As I said yesterday, the prosecution's hill that they have to climb: it's a really, really big hill. The prosecutor has a reall - - is going to have a really tough time proving his case. Only because you don't know who fired the shot, you can certainly go into the mind. You can speculate. But when you go from what I think, what Al thinks, what John, what everybody thinks, and then you have to get over that burden, that the prosecution has to get over in a case like this, it's going to be really tough.
AL SHARPTON: We know who fired the shot, Joe. I think the question is going to be, how did they establish the self-defense--
SCARBOROUGH: Who was screaming for help? Were both of them juggling?