Morning Joe took a break from their oppositional stance to Donald Trump on Thursday, lauding the president for holding an unscripted listening session with survivors of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead.
“Yesterday was a remarkable day,” Scarborough said. “First of all, and I haven’t said this very often since the president was sworn in, but thank you, Mr. President for what you did yesterday, and letting these people speak.”
The Morning Joe co-host praised the event for not being staged, and the participants for providing good ideas for curbing gun violence.
Though Trump was hesitant to embrace gun control measures proposed by some of the victims in attendance, he advocated for arming teachers with guns to prevent against further attacks — an idea that Scarborough rejected.
Scarborough also said he was torn about CNN’s town hall with lawmakers and survivors of the Parkland shooting, stating “I don’t think booing and…shouting down people who are trying to speak is a way to encourage dialogue.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski also praised the president’s “attempt to show empathy.”
Later in the segment, former RNC chairman Michael Steele — who has been consistently critical of Trump — said there seems to be unprecedented momentum in the gun control movement.
“The president, to his great credit, gave that voice yesterday in a way we have not seen before,” Steele said, noting that promoting the voices of the shooting survivors will make it harder for gun rights advocates to maintain their opposition to control measures.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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