“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough embarked on a rant Monday morning when asked whether House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made a mistake inviting the Israeli prime minister to address Congress.
During his tirade, Scarborough railed against Democrats snubbing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he called “a spokesperson for Jews worldwide,” and accused President Barack Obama of “allowing the Iranians to roll over him” in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
“You guys are good at what you do,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said to Scarborough and another Republican at the table, Nicole Wallace, pointing out that Scarborough had called Boehner’s move a mistake only days earlier.
That set Scarborough off.
“I wouldn’t be quite so smug about mocking somebody as Jews are being gunned down in the streets of Paris and being attacked across Europe,” Scarborough snarled.
After Brzezinski tried to steer Scarborough back to the question, he insulted her again.
“Go ahead, be smug about it. You don’t understand what Jews are going through,” he said. “You go ahead and be smug.”
Turning to the camera, Scarborough then challenged “antisemitic” people to tweet at him.
“I know there are a lot of people out there that hate Jews,” he said. “Tweet me. I know you hate Jews, I know you’re antisemitic.”
Finally, Scarborough laid out a challenge to the Democrats in Congress threatening not to attend Netanyahu’s address, after Brzezinski suggested they boycott the speech.
“Let me say to Democrats out there, I would love you, politically as a Republican, to boycott this,” he said. “Please. Boycott it. Please, stay away.”
“Do Republicans, I mean, do their job for them and show that you’re not on the side of Israel,” Scarborough said. “And show that you’re not on the side of Jews being attacked worldwide.”
Co-host Mika called Scarborough’s rant “political spin” later in the show.
Watch the clip:
- Contributions allow us to hire more journalists
- Contributions allow us to provide free memberships to those who cannot afford them
- Contributions support independent, non-corporate journalism