MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough called for the immediate arrest of President Donald J. Trump for “insurrection” against the United States of America.
Scarborough dropped an F-bomb during a heated on-air rant denouncing the takeover of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters following a speech by the president, where he encouraged them to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol where the certification of Joe Biden’s election win was taking place.
“[Trump] and his golf caddy Dan Scavino were putting out videos saying it was going to be wild, Jan. 6 was going to be wild,” Scarborough said. “We were warned that Jan. 6 was going to be a dangerous day, not just in social media, not just in the media, but in our lives. People would come up to me and ask, ‘What do you think is going to happen on Jan. 6? Well, what happened was the Capitol Hill police weren’t ready, the D.C. police weren’t ready, the National Guard wasn’t ready. Nobody was ready!”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked whether the law enforcement response would have been different if the protesters hadn’t been white, and Scarborough erupted.
“Let me tell you something,” he said. “We don’t have to even go there. If these insurrectionists were Black, they would have been shot in the face, and my god, if these insurrectionists were Muslim they would have been sniped from the top of buildings. So I want to know from the Capitol Hill police, what is it, is it just white people or is it Donald Trump supporters? Why do you scream at people for walking across the street three blocks away from the Capitol? Why are you not as badass around the Capitol, but then Trump supporters come in and you open the f*cking doors for them! You open the doors for them, and let them breach the people’s house. What is wrong with you?”
“I also want to know are we a nation of laws?” Scarborough added. “Are we a nation of one man? Donald J. Trump called for the insurrection against the United States of America. He called for it. Rudy Giuliani called for combat justice, just an hour or two before this happened. Donald Trump Jr. said we are coming for you. That’s insurrection against the United States of America, and if Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump are not arrested today for insurrection and taken to jail and booked, and if the Capitol Hill police don’t go through every video and look at the face of every person that invaded our Capitol, and if they are not arrested and brought to justice today, then we are no longer a nation of laws and we only tell people they can do this again.”