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Former Rep. Joe Scarborough Officially Leaves GOP Over Trump, Becomes Independent

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Former Rep. Joe Scarborough Officially Leaves GOP Over Trump, Becomes Independent




MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough tweeted on Thursday that he had officially left the Republican Party and registered as an independent, nearly three months after he announced he would do so in response to President Trump’s attacks against his fiancée and co-host Mika Brzezinski’s physical appearance.

“I became an independent today. Here I am holding a copy of Donald Trump’s birth certificate, proving he was born in Nambia,” the former Florida Republican congressman tweeted, referencing Trump’s leading role in the so-called “birther” movement, while also alluding to an incident in which Trump referenced a nonexistent country called “Nambia” when speaking to African leaders at the United Nations in September.

“Actually, that’s the New Canaan Registrar of Voters John Amarilios after I became an unaffiliated voter,” Scarborough said in a second tweet, referring to the man standing next to him.



This comes three months after Scarborough announced that he was leaving the GOP during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore,” Scarborough told Colbert.

The Hill added:

The announcement came after President Trump launched a Twitter attack on “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski’s appearance, saying that she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she and Scarborough visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club on New Year’s Eve.

Scarborough has been a vocal critic of the Republican Party in the wake of Trump’s presidency.

The host said in a tweet on Wednesday that Trump was destroying the GOP.

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