Who said Joe Scarborough was consumed with hatred of President Trump? Take it back! Because on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough showed remarkable restraint, saying Trump should only "maybe" be compared to the perpetrators of genocide and gas chambers.
Ed Luce of the Financial Times had mentioned that the UN had observed World Genocide Day earlier this week, and that the Secretary-General had issued a statement saying that "the Holocaust didn't begin in the gas chambers. It began years before with hate speech."
Luce gave the standard liberal disclaimer, claiming he wasn't suggesting "for a moment" that America's heading toward genocide. Of course not! His mention of hate speech leading to genocide and gas chambers was entirely random, utterly unrelated to his immediate segue to "the dehumanizing language that the President has used."
But Scarborough wasn't so sure that the Trump/genocide/gas chambers connection shouldn't be made. Responding to Luce, Scarborough said:
"Maybe we don't want to compare it to Nazi Germany in 1933."
But then again: maybe we do!
Scarborough went on to suggest that if we don't want to go full Trump=Hitler, it would be fine to compare Trump to the authoritarian regimes of Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor Orbán. Let's remember that Putin has been credibly connected to the deaths of political opponents, and journalists critical of him.
Trump-Nazi analogies have of course become the dependable go-to slur for the liberal media. But it was particularly grotesque to witness Luce and Scarborough indulge it with explicit reference to "genocide" and "gas chambers." Can the MSM sink any lower? Tune in tomorrow!
Here's the transcript.
6:17 am ET
ED LUCE: It should be sort of mentioned that Monday was UN Genocide Day, World Genocide Day, and the UN Secretary-General issued a statement saying that "the Holocaust didn’t begin in the gas chambers. It began years before with hate speech."
Now, I’m not suggesting for a moment America’s going to end up with genocide, but the dehumanizing language that the President has used, initially it was mostly about Muslims and illegal immigrants and the media, is now spreading into political opponents, people who work for the federal government including in the FBI, and really anybody who gets in his way.
And words are not just words. They soften people up. They make the climate more permissive. And as I say, they dehumanize the people whom the words are targeted at.
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JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, maybe we don’t want to compare it to Nazi Germany in 1933. But maybe we do compare it to Russia, to Vladimir Putin’s regime now, to Orban’s regime in Hungary now, to other autocratic regimes who use language in a way to savage their opponents, to dehumanize their opponents.