Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Morning Joe host and former Republican congressman of Florida, announced on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he is leaving the party and will now be an independent.
“You’ve changed your attitude about Donald Trump,” Colbert said. “Why haven’t other Republicans done the same?”
Scarborough, sitting next to his co-host and now-fiancée Mika Brzezinski, went through a lengthy answer about how the Republican Party has abandoned its core values. Brzezinski watched in approval. Yet, both of them were very friendly with Trump during the campaign but now Scarborough is singing a different tune:
“It was disturbing through the entire campaign. In February, when he talked about David Duke and pretended he didn’t know who David Duke was and didn’t know what the Ku Klux Klan did. You didn’t have Republicans coming out and saying, ‘I can never support Donald Trump because he’s racist.’ They’d have a thousand other excuses why… Time, and time, and time again, they’d turn the other way…
“It’s actually disgusting. And you have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do? How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?”
“But aren’t you a Republican?” Colbert asked.
“Um, I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent,” Scarborough said.
The audience erupted in applause.
Maybe Scarborough couldn't take the president calling him “Psycho Joe” or calling his soon-to-be wife “Crazy Mika" as they descended into fake newsery. Here’s the thing, though: most of us already knew Scarborough jumped ship, but an announcement on national television is pretty dramatic.