MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday compared President Trump calling former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman a “dog” to Nazis referring to “Jews as rats.”
“We’ve heard it said before and we’ve heard it discussed before about how tyrants and autocrats and, yes, fascists, communists, others used the language of dehumanization to justify, well, a movement away from democracy and a movement away from decent standards,” Scarborough said.
“During the Holocaust, Nazis referred to Jews as rats,” he continued. “In Rwanda genocide was often justified, calling them cockroaches, slave owners considered slaves subhuman animals.”
In a tweet earlier Tuesday, Trump called Manigault-Newman a “crazed, crying lowlife” while praising his chief of staff John Kelly for “quickly firing that dog!”
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Scarborough said Trump’s racist rhetoric is opening the door for “cruelty and genocide,” and as a result the country is “a movement away from democracy and a movement away from decent standard.”
“It opens the door for cruelty and genocide,” Scarborough added. “Nobody is saying that Donald Trump is a Nazi, nobody is saying that he’s Adolf Hitler in 1938, 1939, 1940, but you can see time and time again … this is how dictators and tyrants open the door, and they do it by dehumanizing their political opponents.”
The Hill added:
Scarborough, a former GOP congressman who left the party in 2017 because of Trump, once had a close relationship with the former real estate mogul and reality show star.
Trump appeared regularly on “Morning Joe” by phone as a candidate for generally friendly interviews that drew criticism from other media members for what they saw as free advertising for his campaign.
Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski’s relationship with Trump soured after he captured the GOP nomination in May 2016. Trump has not appeared on the morning program or the network in any capacity since that time.