Democrats are slamming MSNBC for allowing Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough to go to a New Hampshire Republican Party event after it said Ed Schultz, host of the channel’s The Ed Show, could not go to a similar event for Florida Democrats.
Scarborough identifies as a Republican and Schultz identifies as a Democrat.
On Wednesday MSNBC said Scarborough could be the keynote speaker at an event hosted by the New Hampshire Cheshire County Republican Committee. The committee originally dubbed the event as a fundraiser but after MSNBC started asking questions the committee got rid of the “fundraiser” label, according to Politico. MSNBC then said that Scarborough wouldn’t be speaking at a fundraiser.
The Democratic National Committee sees hypocrisy though as back in February MSNBC said Schultz could not keynote a fundraising event by the Broward County Democrats.
“Now, I don’t begrudge Joe participating in this event,” DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee said in a letter sent to MSNBC. “But for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he would be allowed to speak to a Republican event, but other MSNBC personalities were not allowed to speak at Democratic events. Seems like a pretty big double standard.”
Politico also noted that back in March Scarborough attended a New Hampshire Northeast Republican Leadership Conference. MSNBC said he was there as a “discussion moderator.”
Read the full letter below: