MSNBC host Joe Scarborough launched into a lengthy rant slamming Republican Party leaders standing by presumptive nominee Donald Trump even after his racially-charged attacks on a judge and told Trump he’s acting like a racist and a bigot.
Scarborough looked into the camera to address Trump directly: “Hey Donald, guess what, I’m not going to support you until you get your act together. You are acting like a bush league loser, you’re acting like a racist, and you’re acting like a bigot.”
“This is called art of the deal,” the former Florida congressman continued. “I’m taking my deal off the table, Donald, until you come back to the table and get on the other side of the table and prove you are not a bigot and and prove you’re not going to take my party down in the ditch, you don’t have my endorsement and you can’t use Hillary Clinton as a gun against my head.”
Raising his voice to a shout, Scarborough told Trump it’s in his hands to prove to the party and to him personally that he’s not a bigot.
“I’m not scared of you and I’m not scared of the base because they are just as pissed off as me. It’s called art of the deal, it’s what Donald Trump has been preaching all his life,” he said. “Don’t use Hillary Clinton as an excuse as your blank check to say racist things about people born in Indiana. No, Donald! You don’t get to play it that way.”
Several minutes later, Scarborough hijacked the panel again to admonish party officials, calling the current scenario “the worst of all worlds.”
“Listen to me, guys!” he began. “You embrace a guy making racist comments, you lose the presidency and then you lose the Senate and you lose the House.”
In a faux-baby voice, Scarborough begged party officials to “stop running scared” and stand up to Trump.
Trump responded on Twitter to say “Morning Joe” has “gone off the deep end – bad ratings.”
Watch the full rant in all its glory below, captured by TPM: