Scarborough Challenges Schumer: Are the Koch Bros Really ‘un-American’?
Morning Joe titular host Joe Scarborough has devoted several segments of his show lately to defending the Koch Brothers against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) critique of them as “un-American.” On Thursday morning he demanded to know whether Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) believed the wealthy pair warranted the term, especially given what Scarborough described as their copious philanthropy.
“When David Koch does ads that say ‘Cut government’ and you cut [the National Institutes of Health], far more about cancer research is hurt than the good he does, which he should get credit for, for giving to charity,” Schumer said. “Private charity cannot deal with the major problems we face, as good and noble a thing as it is.”
“But, senator, can’t we have a disagreement about how charity is funded without calling somebody un-American?” Scarborough countered.
“The commercials he runs are not part of the American mainstream,” Schumer said. “No two people should have such a huge influence on our politics. That’s not First Amendment…I think the commercials he is running are against the American grain and un-American, yes. I think what Harry Reid was saying was the actions are un-American. And they are, and they should change.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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