Joe Scarborough Slams Martin Bashir’s ‘Deplorable’ Comments (VIDEO)

Martin Bashir has drawn an onslaught of criticism for recent comments he made about Sarah Palin. The latest condemnation came from a fellow MSNBC host.

In an interview with Newsmax TV that was posted online Wednesday, Joe Scarborough denounced Bashir’s comments. The host of “Morning Joe” even seemed to insinuate that he’s no Bashir fan.

“There are people, as you know, at Fox News that don’t like other people at Fox News,” Scarborough said before detailing how he handles such incidents with MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

“Every time something horrific is said like that, I go in and I talk to Phil Griffin, who I’m good friends with,” Scarborough said. “And I say, Phil, this is unacceptable. Either they apologize for it or I’m going to take it up myself. And I can tell you that didn’t happen in this case because I was in the middle of a book tour and I didn’t even really hear about it until after Bashir’s apology.”

In blasting Palin’s comparison between the national debt and slavery, Bashir suggested last week that the former Alaska governor deserved to have someone defecate in her mouth, a brutal disciplinary action employed by a notorious 18th century slave owner. Bashir apologized for the remarks on Monday.

“I agree with Martin Bashir’s apology,” Scarborough said. “It was a deplorable thing to say, and he has every reason to be ashamed for saying it.” 

 

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