Marco Rubio was roundly criticized when during the 2016 primary he made suggestive remarks about Donald Trump's supposedly small hands. But Joe Scarborough decided to jump right down in the same gutter on Monday's Morning Joe.
Commenting on the loss of Ed Rispone, the Trump-backed candidate in the Louisiana governor's race, Scarborough smirked: "Little hands, little fingers, little coattails." He added, "I love this. Boy, he worked hard. Donald Trump worked so hard to get him elected."
Here’s more of Scarborough:
And it’s sad to watch a president beg. But, of course, he’s lying about Kentucky. The thing is, it's incredible. I don’t know if anybody knows this or not, but Matt Bevin was up five points until Donald Trump went there. Son, you lost, you lost six points for him in one day. Is that bad?
That was far from the only scorn that Scarborough heaped on the president in the wake of the Louisiana result.
- Joe and Mika gloated over Democrat Governor Bel Edwards saying "bless his heart" about Trump.
- Joe concern-trolled Trump over how hard he had worked for Rispone.
- Joe once again condescendingly called Trump "son" and "Donald."
- Scarborough claimed Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was leading by five points in Kentucky polls, and that Trump, by coming to the state, cost Bevin six points in one day. In fact, the poll Scarborough cited was the only one showing Bevin leading. All the other recent polls showed Bevin losing by as many as 19 points.
- Joe expressed sarcastic confusion over how Trump could have lost in the Gulf Coast.
Here's the transcript. Click "expand" to read more.
6:09 am ET
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: We start with more evidence that President Trump doesn’t have very long political coattails.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Little hands. Little fingers. Little coattails.
MIKA: You need to do your, hey son, you lost again speech. In Louisiana, Democrat John Bel Edwards on Saturday narrowly won a second term as the state’s governor, beating Republican challenger Eddie Rispone by 1.4 percentage points in a state that President Trump carried by nearly 20 points in 2016. Rispone, a wealthy businessman and long-time Republican donor, tied himself to Trump . . . After winning [Bel Edwards] had a decidedly southern message for the president.
SCARBOROUGH: I love this.
JOHN BEL EDWARDS: Our shared love for Louisiana is always more important than the partisan differences that sometimes divide us. And as for the president, God bless his heart.
MIKA: Oh, that's never a good sign when you hear that! Oh my goodness, I found that out the hard way. GOP challenger Eddie Rispone opponent came up short despite a flood of support from Republicans.
SCARBOROUGH: Boy, he worked hard.
SCARBOROUGH: Donald Trump worked so hard to get him elected.
. . .
PRESIDENT TRUMP: In Kentucky, we elected everybody. The governor got brought up in a few short days, 19 points. I went, we made a speech, the whole ticket was there. Everybody won big. Governor’s a really good guy. But 19 points is a big thing, and he lost by just a few thousand votes. And the headlines the next day: Trump took a loss. I lifted him up a lot. So Trump took a loss. so you’ve got to give me a big win please, okay? Okay?
MIKA: It’s like he’s literally begging.
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, he was begging. And it’s sad to watch a president beg. But, of course, he’s lying about Kentucky. The thing is, it's incredible. I don’t know if anybody knows this or not, but Matt Bevin was up five points until Donald Trump went there. Son, you lost, you lost six points for him in one day. Is that bad?
MIKA: It's bad.
SCARBOROUGH: Donald, you need to check — I’m from the Gulf Coast. How did you lose Louisiana?
SCARBOROUGH How — what — how could you do that?