NEW YORK, July 11, 2017 – President Donald Trump critic and co-anchor of ‘Morning Joe’ announced that he is leaving the Republican Party. Joe Scarborough appeared on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, where he announced his decision saying: “I’m not going to be a Republican anymore,” Scarborough said. “I’ve got to become an independent.”
Joe Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzeinski have come under fire from President Trump and his staff for their strong criticism of his conduct in the White House. They both were close friends with Trump before he took office in January. Trump’s latest tirade happened a few weeks ago when Brzeinski questioned Trump’s mental competency, leading to Trump tweeting out “Psycho Joe” and “low-I. Q. Crazy Mika.” Trump also claimed that Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a facelift” when they visit Mar-a-Lago last year.
Both Scarborough and Brzeinski wrote a piece in the Washington Post where they called Trump’s comments offensive and admitted they had seen a change in Trump’s behavior. Scarborough’s distaste for the Republican Party had been growing long before Trump became president. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Scarborough was called the most influential Republican in America for being among the first to predict Trump’s rise and later rebuke him. During the segment Scarborough explained his decision saying:
“Time and time and time again they turn the other way,” Scarborough said. “And they are doing the same thing now. It’s actually disgusting and you have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do? How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out? I am not a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent.”
Scarborough was previously a Congressman who was elected in 1994 in Florida’s first district and served three terms but resigned in 2001. Scarborough said it was disgusting that the Republican Party can continue to defend Trump and his actions.