Joe Scarborough, co-host of the show “Morning Joe” criticized Donald Trump for having a view of race similar to Nazi German’s Nuremberg, a blistering critique by one of Trump’s most sympathetic voices.
“I mean, this sounds like Nuremberg,” Scarborough said to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). “‘Are you 1/32nd Jewish?’ ‘Are you 1/16th black?’ ‘Are you 1/8th Mexican?’ I mean, what standard is this? This is not American.”
Senator Flake agreed:
“His statements this week on the judge, that’s a new level,” he said. “It’s not just ill-informed, ignorant statements, but they suggest that when he’s president after November that perhaps he ought to go after that judge.”
The blunt criticism follows Trump’s racially charged complaints of U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel who he’s called “biased,” a “hater,” and in a speech, alluded to Curiel’s ethnicity saying that he “happens to be, we believe, Mexican.”
Trump defended himself this past weekend on various news shows, and on “Morning Joe” they played a clip of Trump where he said that it was “possible” for a Muslim judge to be unfair to him.
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“Can I just do a poll? Is that racism?” co-host Mika Brzezinski asked panelist Nicolle Wallace, who replied, “Yes.”
“Joe … ” Brzezinski began.
Before she could finish asking him if the statement was racist, Scarborough remarked, “It’s completely racist.”
“Here you have a guy that is from Indiana, from Indiana. I think his family, if I’m not mistaken, had been in the country longer than Trump’s grandmother,” Scarborough said.
Brzezinski then asked guest Rev. Al Sharpton if Trump’s comment represented racism.
“Oh, it’s absolutely, unequivocally racist,” Sharpton said.
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A month earlier, Scarborough got into a feud with Trump over Twitter, when the host defended the way he’s covered the Republican primaries to critics who said he was too soft on Trump, and Trump responding saying that the show’s ratings were failing.
The “Morning Joe” host has been sympathetic to Trump’s strategy of taking over the Republican Party by appealing to white working-class economic and social fears to build a grassroots movement.