So, I view the Republican and Democratic parties as Necessary evils to make our country work long term and keep our democracy and democratic institutions intact. Without both the nation would be over soon.
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is leaving the Republican Party and will register as an independent voter. His announcement came during Tuesday night’s taping of “The Late …
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is leaving the Republican Party and will register as an independent voter.
His announcement came during Tuesday night’s taping of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” which released a clip from his interview on Twitter before the episode was scheduled to air that night.
“I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent,” he said to loud applause from the audience.
“This was well before Donald Trump was elected president that my party has betrayed their core values,” he said, noting his frustration with GOP lawmakers’ unwillingness to admonish Trump’s racist statements and election promises.
Earlier Tuesday, the show’s executive producer Chris Licht confirmed the announcement was coming.
Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host, Mika Brzezinski, had been friendly toward Trump during the 2016 election but have been increasingly critical of him since his inauguration.
The switch prompted Trump to lash out at the pair in a series of tweets, referring to them as “Psycho Joe” and “low-I.Q. Crazy Mika,” and claiming Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw her last year.
The former lawyer was the Republican congressman representing Florida’s 1st District from 1994 to 2001.
Scarborough’s appearance on “The Late Show” was scheduled to air at 11:35 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.
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