Dream on, Joe!
On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough floated the fanciful notion that whereas in 2016 Trump supporters were unwilling to publicly admit that they were voting for him, now, despite polling data showing overwhelming Republican opposition to impeachment, the Trump base in fact secretly supports impeachment.
The media are so obsessed with finding cracks in Trump's support and jacking them wide open, that if they can't find them, they're create a new theory that they are currently invisible. But they're there!
The sole data point that Scarborough offered in support of his theory was a conversation he had with a man in Florida last month who told him that he couldn't stand the Democrats, but that Trump is "out of control," and that "we need Mike Pence in the White House."
Scarborough went on to claim that "the fear and loathing is rising, and that is something that Republican members of the Hill are picking up on."
Here's the transcript.
6:05 am EDT
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah. I tell you something else to always remember, Mika, is, that we always have to remember is, that when a pollster calls up and says, do you support the president? Do you not support the president? A lot of people in the tribes, they go to their corner. And don’t always say exactly what they think.
And just like people used to be ashamed to admit they support Donald Trump. In fact, nobody would admit to us whenever we went around and gave talks. Nobody would admit that they were voting for Donald Trump. And at one point I just started saying you’re all lying, because you’re all voting for him, stop lying and they’d laugh and go, yeah, we are.
Well, now as Donald Trump exits stage left, I suspect that we will see the same thing that people will be reluctant to admit publicly that they can’t put up with him anymore. But I had the funniest conversation with a guy in Florida about a month ago, and he knew I was on TV but didn’t watch the show that much because he always got up early golfing. And he goes, weren’t you a Republican congressman? I go, yeah, yeah, I was and had no idea that I'm a conservative but I had problems with Donald Trump.
He goes, what are we going to do with that guy? I can’t stand the Democrats. I can’t stand Hillary. I can’t stand Elizabeth Warren. I can’t vote for any of those people but, man, he’s out of control. We need Mike Pence in the White House. And he went on and on and on.
And I felt, Willie, you’ll remember this, I felt like I was Eddie Murphy in that scene [from this SNL skit, begins at 3:38] where everybody thought he was white, and he went behind the scenes to see what happened. Went around, and suddenly he found out that bankers gave white people money and didn’t make them sign loans or anything like that. It was a peek behind the curtain.
So, it may say 92% there supporting Donald Trump and not wanting the impeachment inquiry. But, Mika, it’s actually the fear and loathing is rising. And that is something that Republican members of the Hill are picking up on.