Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are on a tour of talking shit about Donald Trump, and they made a stop at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night.
The big news of the evening was that Scarborough announced he is officially leaving the Republican party. Wow. He also condemned Trump’s campaign promises to institute a Muslim ban and Trump’s comments about District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel. This might read as more momentous if Scarborough had said these things at the time and left the party then, but whatever.
“You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do?” Scarborough asks Colbert. “How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?”
Colbert asks him if he’s a Republican, setting up the big reveal:
“I am a Republican,” says Scarborough, “But I’m not going to be a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an Independent.”
And the crowd goes wild!
“It was disturbing through the entire campaign,” Scarborough continues. “In February, when he talked about David Duke and pretended he didn’t know who David Duke was and didn’t know what the Ku Klux Klan did, you didn’t have Republicans coming out, saying ‘I can never support Donald Trump because he’s racist.’ They had 1,000 other excuses why.”
Yes, there are always excuses, for instance the ones Scarborough and Brzezinski feed Colbert when he wants to know why they maintained a friendship with Trump for so long. After all, Colbert points out, most men don’t suddenly change in their seventies. Brzezinski insists that they do, and until now Trump was always been “in on the joke” of his persona. Now, however, he’s in over his head. Guess those years of pushing the racist and vile Birther movement were just a big joke that got out of hand.
Then Scarborough played some rock music, finally free of the restrictive GOP. This song is called “Monkey House.”
Oh, and if you want to know where Brzezinski was when she found out about Trump tweeting she had a facelift: she was at her desk.