Joe Scarborough has come up with what could be the worst campaign slogan in American political history. On today's Morning Joe, making the case for Elizabeth Warren, Scarborough said:
"At least she won't inspire mass shootings!"
We say, run with it, Liz! Order a million bumper stickers today!
The opening segment of today's Morning Joe was devoted to gloating over what were seen as President Trump's dire electoral straits. The panel played off a recent poll showing Trump running behind the leading Dem contenders. Of course, we're almost 15 months away from the election, and these same folks were gloating over Hillary's inevitable victory immediately before the 2016 election. So take the polls for what they're worth.
Scarborough scored another own-goal during the segment. He came off sounding like Ilhan "Some People Did Something" Omar, as he referred to Trump's victory as "what happened on one day in 2016." Next time, maybe Joe should say, "63 million people did something."
Scarborough welcomed national security academic Tom Nichols, a self-described Never Trumper, who echoed Scarborough's take on the 2016 election, calling Trump's victory a "fluke." They touted his Friday op-ed in USA Today, which began "I don't care if senator Elizabeth Warren is a mendacious Massachusetts liberal, she could tell me that she's going to make me wear waffles as underpants and I'll vote for her."
Here's the transcript.
6:07 am EDT
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Everybody who thinks Donald Trump has this magic voodoo powder because of what happened on one day in 2016, I think they're missing the forest for the trees.
TOM NICHOLS: Part of the President's problem is that he thinks the way he won in 2016 was some kind of genius strategy, instead of a perfect storm. You know, 2016, it was in a lot of ways, it was a fluke.
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SCARBOROUGH: I think there were a lot of people who are thinking, okay, if Elizabeth Warren gets in there and she's too liberal, well, we'll have Congress to balance her out. But at least she'll respect constitutional norms. At least she won't threaten the safety of members of the press. At least she won't she won't inspire mass shootings. Or inspire Coast Guard people, or inspire other people in Florida, to make hit lists of Democratic politicians.