For Joe Scarborough, it's not enough to attack President Trump in every imaginable way. Now, Scarborough is providing political cover for outrageous remarks made by Dem presidential candidates.
Last week, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren tweeted out accusations that the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri five years ago was a "murder" at the hands of a white policeman. It is particularly wrong and outrageous for Harris, a former prosecutor, and Warren, a former law professor, to make such unsubstantiated allegations. So how did Scarborough describe those false and defamatory accusations? On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough covered them up, saying:
"There, there, uh, were a few, uh, members, uh, a few members of the US Senate that, uh, tweeted some things, uh, about Ferguson that were not borne out by video evidence or by Eric Holder."
So Scarborough never even mentioned Harris or Warren by name. He referred vaguely only to "a few members of the US Senate." And he described them only as having tweeted "some things" -- a la Ilhan Omar -- rather than spelling out their slanderous murder accusations.
Note also Scarborough's very halting delivery. He seemed to be devising on the go the least damaging way of describing Harris/Warren's outrageous remarks.
Note that whereas Scarborough found the most innocuous way of describing Harris and Warren's allegation of "murder," he didn't hesitate to use the word himself when speaking of an NYC policeman. Scarborough described Eric Garner, who died during an arrest, as having been "murdered." No one has been charged with, let alone convicted of, Garner's murder.
But Scarborough has a history of promiscuously making "murder" allegations against disfavored people. In 2012, Scarborough accused George Zimmerman of being Trayvon Martin's "murderer"--before Zimmerman had even been arrested [and ultimately aquitted] in the death.
Here's the transcript.
MSNBC's Morning Joe
6:13 am EDT
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Gene [Robinson of the Washington Post], you know, we have the video evidence [of Garner's death]. There, there, uh, were a few, uh, members, uh, uh, a few members of the US Senate that, uh, tweeted some things, uh, about Ferguson that were not borne out by video evidence or by Eric Holder. Here, we saw on camera Eric Garner being murdered.
ROBINSON: Right. Mm-hmm.
SCARBOROUGH: And I guess the question is what took so long?