Morning Joe Blasts Double Standards on Biden Noms: Republicans ‘Surrendered Their Right to be Outraged’ Under Trump


Morning Joe scoffed at Republicans who’ve taken issue with President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees after years of ignoring criticisms and making excuses for former president Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, the show held a conversation on Neera Tanden’s uphill battle to become Office of Management and Budget Director now that Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME) will vote against her. As Willie Geist spoke to Claire McCaskill about the outrage over Tanden’s history of harsh Twitter comments, he wondered if the Biden administration should’ve seen this coming, even with “the hypocrisy from Republicans who now suddenly are stunned and outraged by people saying mean things” after they “stood by and watched” Trump do it for years.

The scope of the conversation expanded when Joe Scarborough hopped in and spoke to the political calculations behind the Tanden outrage. McCaskill acknowledged that point and how Biden wants to turn the page, but she emphasized that “you just cannot ignore how incredibly hypocritical it is for the Republican Party to get all up in arms about mean tweets.”

“It’s very hard to ignore,” Mika Brzezinski agreed. She then turned the conversation toward the Republicans objecting to Xavier Becerra’s nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

As Brzezinski slammed the “appalling” hypocrisy, Scarborough asked. “Did we hear any concerns about Scott Atlas when he was going in there spreading lies? When Alex Azar was asleep at the switch and time and again sitting back quietly and following Donald Trump’s worst conspiracy theories at the most dangerous moments of this pandemic? Come on. What a joke.”

“Well, they’ve surrendered their right to be outraged,” Geist said. “They’ve surrendered, Republicans have, their right to outraged by nominations like these.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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