Joe Scarborough closed the first hour of Morning Joe, Monday, in a scolding mood, taking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to task over a letter he sent to nine cities warning they would lose federal grant money if they refused to cooperate with federal immigrations officials.
In one missive, sent to New York City, the Justice Department wrote that the Big Apple, “continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s ‘soft on crime stance'”
The letter drew swift recriminations from everyone on the show, with Scarborough taking particular umbrage.
“It makes me mad,” he said. “He needs to apologize to the NYPD rank and file.”
Panelists noted that crime in New York City had fallen consistently for 30 years and that the NYPD approach to law enforcement has been used as a model for cities around the United States.
The show then played a clip of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, lambasting the Justice department.
“This is an insult, this statement,” he said. “Look our police officers in the eye and tell them you believe they are soft on crime.”
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