Scarborough: Republicans Are ‘Useful Idiots’ for the Russians

Joe Scarborough can’t contain the hate he has for his former Republican Party. On Wednesday, House Democrats brought in Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify about a 400-page report that was already released to the public, regarding Russian collusion that never happened. 

On Thursday’s segment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Scarborough claimed that Republicans are now entirely in the pocket of the Russians based on their behavior during the hearing. Despite Mueller not knowing simple details of his own report, and the legitimate questions Republicans asked him about bias among the investigators and the sketchy origins of the investigation itself, Scarborough said that the Russians are “celebrating the fact that the entire Republican party are useful idiots for them”:

 

 

We also learned that when federal agents tried to investigate this, that one member of the Trump team after another member of the Trump team lied about those contacts. Then we learned from Robert Mueller that Donald Trump, the President of the United States lied about the Russians trying to infiltrate —  even lied when he was sending back his questions under oath. So, we learned that Donald Trump committed perjury. He lied under oath. And then, of course, as we heard there, we learned that American democracy is still –  is still under threat from the Russians. So just a little night cap for Russians who have to be celebrating the fact that the entire Republican party are useful idiots for them now and have flung open their arms for the Russians to come and undermine American democracy.  

It is typical Scarborough hyperbole to suggest that Republicans are “useful idiots” for the Russians. The Trump Administration signed an arms deal with the Ukraine and moved troops to Poland to counter Russian aggression, killed Russian mercenaries in Syria, withdrew from the INF Nuclear Treaty when found that Russian was not in compliance, signed into law tougher sanctions on Russia, and recently signed an executive order to enhance America’s cyber-security defenses against the Russian government.

The hearing was an utter failure for Democrats and their allies in the media, who cannot let go of the fact that Mueller never gave them the smoking gun they spent two years claiming was in plain sight. But Scarborough seems more interested in asking forgiveness for being a Republican than he does with facts.

 

The full transcript is below. Click "expand" to read more.

MSNBC's Morning Joe

07/25/2019

6:01 a.m. Eastern

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Good morning and welcome to Morning Joe. Mika, you know it’s so interesting I was just hearing about how Republicans were ecstatic yesterday. What they were ecstatic about, I guess, is that the bar has been set so low, that the American people found out once again that, like Donald Trump’s intel chiefs have been saying for a year, Russia interfered with American democracy. Russia interfered with your democracy and my democracy.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Still plan to.

SCARBOROUGH: They interfered with American democracy, we learned that first. The second thing we learned was that Donald Trump and his campaign team happily welcomed that, aggressively welcomed it. They were grateful for it. We also learned that when federal agents tried to investigate this, that one member of the trump team after another member of the trump team lied about those contacts. Then we learned from Robert Mueller that Donald Trump, the President of the United States lied about the Russians trying to infiltrate -- even lied when he was sending back his questions under oath. So, we learned that Donald Trump committed perjury. He lied under oath. And then, of course, as we heard there, we learned that American democracy is still -- is still under threat from the Russians. So just a little night cap for Russians who have to be celebrating the fact that the entire Republican party are useful idiots for them now and have flung open their arms for the Russians to come and undermine American democracy. Last night, Mitch McConnell allowed two measures to protect America from Russian cyber invasion. Mitch McConnell killed two bills that would actually protect this country. So, Republicans, yes please celebrate. What a great day it was for you and Vladimir Putin, I know you are happy about it. Good luck with that, comrades.

BRZEZINSKI: And the other thing we learned thanks to Republican questions is that the President can be indicted when he leaves office.

SCARBOROUGH: But big victory!

BRZEZINSKI: So that was a revelation we are grateful for.

SCARBOROUGH: Big victory for them. I mean, Willie Geist, my gosh, if I'm a Republican, I'd be thrilled by the fact that I found out that president of the United States lied under oath, which by the way we impeached Bill Clinton for and all of them said Bill Clinton should be impeached for. The President lied under oath. The Russians tried to interfere with American democracy. The President of the United States and his team welcomed it. Things are still happening where they are trying to interfere with democracy and Mitch McConnell and Republicans will do nothing to stop it. That’s how Republicans actually define a good day in the age of Trump.

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