Scarborough: 'There's Nothing Donald Trump Would Love Move Than for Race Skirmishes to Break Out'

Susan Jones | August 5, 2019 | 7:54am EDT
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The liberals at MSNBC say Trump would welcome a race war. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Trump hatred flows daily on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," especially on this particular Monday morning, following a weekend of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, where the combined death toll is at least 29.

Host Joe Scarborough told viewers shortly before 7 a.m.:

"There's nothing Donald Trump would love more than for race skirmishes to break out. And for there to be back and forth. He loves the fighting. It justifies everything that he's talking about."

Joe's co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski led the show this way: "Yes, we have a major gun problem in this country. Yes, we have a mental health crisis in this country. Absolutely. Kevin McCarthy will even say that video games can cause some issues, but we clearly have a white supremacy problem in this country and the president is acting again as an accelerant."

The guests and contributors, all of them chosen to amplify Joe-and-Mika's opinions, also chimed in.

Historian Jon Meacham told Mika, there are "two lessons" here:

"This kind of rhetoric (Trump's rhetoric) unquestionably was going -- you have used the word accelerant. It was going to create a climate in which people did unspeakable things. Because of the spoken word people can do unspeakable things, and that's essential for the people at the highest levels -- a person at the highest levels to understand that.

"And the second is that presidents play a role in this country of not just consoling but of setting a tone. And the tone of the last 2-and-a-half years is unacceptable. It's tragically not all that un-American in the sense that white supremacy is part of the marbled nature of America. It's the worst part of us and a conscientious citizenship at this point has to be about making perennial forces like white supremacy ebb as opposed to flow.

"And right now, we have someone in power who has been content to manage and marshal those forces and not make them ebb."

Contributor Eddie Glaude Jr., the chair of Princeton’s African American Studies Department, noted:

"Donald Trump isn't, as you rightly note, he didn't pull the trigger. But he embraces, along with a whole bunch of others -- he embraces a view of America that some scholars will call inherent vote democracy. He thinks that this is in fact a white nation. He's worried about the demographic shifts, Joe.

"And he's making an argument, he's appealing to the darker sides of the country in order to put forward this view that this country must be and must remain a white nation.

"And over the course of our history, whenever that argument is being made, it's being made in the moment in which the country's experiencing profound shifts. You can look at it, Joe, at each historical pivotal moment, when we're about to change, there's an escalation in violence."



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