Joe Scarborough Incinerates CPAC Crowd For Cheering ‘Inhumane’ McCain Comment: Maybe ‘They Weren’t Raised Right’


Joe Scarborough took the crowd at CPAC heavily to task on Monday morning for applauding when conservative pundit Michelle Malkin invoked “the ghost of John McCain” in a negative context.

In a scathing monologue on Morning Joe, Scarborough ripped CPAC attendees for cheering after Malkin blamed “the ghost of John McCain” for not helping to remove undocumented immigrants from the United States.

“There is no reasoning through some of the hellacious things that were said at CPAC this last week,” Scarborough said. “There is no explaining away some of the inhumane statements that were made at CPAC. Some of the inane statements. Some of the stupid. Just, no other word but stupid.

“There were a lot of low points there for a conference that I used to go to every year. The worst, of course, was the celebration of John McCain’s death. And the fact that the announcement of John McCain’s death, and the mocking and the attacking of ‘John McCain’s ghost’ caused the people of CPAC to rise to their feet in a thunderous applause…I don’t know if they weren’t raised right. I don’t know if their mothers and fathers never taught them basic values. I’m sure they did. I’m sure they just lost it along the way. Maybe they were just swept up in the excitement of actually being somewhere. I don’t know.

But when you applaud the death of an American war hero, a man who was imprisoned and beaten so badly that he couldn’t even raise his arms over his head for the rest of his life, a man who was allowed to go free early but refused to, said he wasn’t going walk out until his band of brothers walked out with him, who wasn’t going to get ahead of anybody else who had been in the Hanoi Hilton. When you applaud the death of that man at CPAC, when actually very little separates you and that man that you were mocking, who recently died — by the way, whose wife and whose children suffered with him, and watched him suffering, and battling cancer, and slowly dying. To see now that his death was something that Matt Schlapp CPAC would applaud? Something that Matt Schlapp and CPAC would think was a great thing to be excited about?”

Scarborough went on to blame President Donald Trump for fostering the political culture which led to Friday’s scene at CPAC — calling it the commander-in-chief’s “worst legacy.”

“Those people that stood up and applauded for John McCain’s death, let me just say to you, you may not be bad people, but you sure as hell gave a good impression of what a bad person looks like,” Scarborough said. He added, “I really do hope that this Monday morning when you wake up, you think about that moment, and you feel a little ashamed.”

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