Scarborough: Bundy’s Conservative Supporters ‘Exposed’ by His Racist Remarks
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough warned that conservative supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy were “exposed” by his comments about “the Negro” to the New York Times Wednesday night.
“There’s nothing conservative about this man,” Scarborough said. “This is where nihilism about the federal government gets you in trouble every time.”
“This has happened before. It happened when conservatives raced blindly to put their arms around George Zimmerman, a man who gets in all these troubles. They basically pick their friends based on who their ‘enemies’ are. In this case, a lot of people in conservative media have raced to this guy’s defense. They must be feeling very exposed this morning.”
“It was so obvious that this guy was unhinged,” TIME’s Michael Crowley said. “Guys like this and Ted Nugent are doing a favor to the left, a favor to Democrats. To the extent that there are interesting, intellectually credible strains of conservative thought about limiting government authority, people like this get associated with them, and make them look ridiculous.”
Scarborough pointed out that Bundy’s demand to use federal land contradicted true conservatism’s regard for property rights, and suggested viewers read Friedrich Hayek and William F. Buckley for examples of less pungent anti-authoritarianism. He also pointed to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), though Paul had supported Bundy until hurrying to distance himself following Bundy’s coments this morning.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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