Scarborough Slams Hugh Hewitt for ‘Whataboutism’ on Heated Rhetoric: ‘Shameful’


Joe Scarborough called out MSNBC contributor Hugh Hewitt for comments he made on MTP Daily about heated rhetoric and the bomb threats to high-profile Democrats.

During an exchange on President Donald Trump‘s comments this afternoon to reporters about the bomb threats, former Obama 2012 deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Trump “never takes the higher road” and does the right thing in these situations.

“Hugh, I appreciate your trying to throw everybody into the same bucket, but that’s an impossible thing to do,” she said. “This president has incited violence. He has––you know, people at his rallies, he talks about punching people in the face… This is how he won the presidency, the politics of fear. There is no equivalent in the Democratic party.”

“There is an equivalent,” Hewitt countered. “There’s the man screaming at Mitch McConnell in the restaurant, there is Maxine Waters encouraging people…”

Cutter jumped in to say the two aren’t comparable. They went back and forth and Hewitt said, “Incendiary behavior by any public official ought to be held to the same standard.”

He brought up the ricin scare when Susan Collins was sent a suspicious envelope and said, “It’s everywhere.”

After that exchange, Scarborough tweeted this out calling his comments “shameful”:

UPDATE –– 6:19 pm ET: Hewitt has since responded:

You can watch Hewitt’s comments above, via MSNBC.

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