Morning Joe Mourns Republican Voters Endorsing Trump-Putin Summit: ‘Pathetic, Whimpering Little Cowards’


There’s a new poll out that found 79% of Republicans approve of how President Donald Trump handled his press conference with Vladimir Putin, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is not taking it well.

In a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday night, Scarborough wrote: “The president of the United States is under the thumb of Putin. And the Republican Party he leads no longer deserves to survive.”

“Shame on these pathetic, whimpering little cowards,” MSNBC’s Donny Deutsche reacted on Morning Joe Friday.

Scarborough asked what the “long term impact” is of the Republican Party embracing Putin and policies in the interest of Russia.

“I think the the corruption and bankruptcy of the Republican party has been a long time in the making,” John Heilemann said. “But there is no Republican Party anymore in any sense that you would have defined the Republican Party ten years ago.”

Scarborough railed against Republicans for supporting tariffs, asking “who are these people? It’s like political bodysnatchers.”

Heilemann broke the bad news to Joe:

“The grass roots of the Republican Party [now] are people who believe what Donald Trump believes, and not what you believe, and not what Republicans believed in the post-World War II era. They don’t believe in free trade, they don’t believe in immigration, they don’t believe in standing up to Russian — previously Soviet — expansionism, they don’t believe in NATO they don’t believe those things.

“It’s not what the Republican Party is anymore,” he said.

Watch the vigil above, via MSNBC.

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