On Tuesday, the 17th anniversary of the Islamist terrorist attacks on New York’s Twin Towers, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough declared President Donald Trump a “far greater threat” to America because he’s undermining the “idea” of America.
“Forget about knocking down buildings in the financial district, forget about running planes into the Pentagon,” because those tragedies brought America closer, Scarborough said:
“If you strip America of its ideas – forget about knocking down buildings in the financial district, forget about running planes into the Pentagon – those are tragedies, but those tragedies bring us closer together.”
Conversely, in a tweet later that morning, Pres. Trump said Americans should never forget the terrorist attack on 9/11. In his tweet, Trump posted video of his comments at Tuesday's 9/11 memorial event.
In his MSNBC remarks, Scarborough claimed that Pres. Trump “is tearing more at the fabric of America than attacks on the Twin Towers did,” making him “a far greater threat to the idea of America.”
“America is an idea. You gut America of that idea, that’s when you do the most harm to America. Roger Cohen wrote that right after Donald Trump was elected and, unfortunately, eighteen months later, across the world, you have people looking at a country that is saying they want to ban people from coming to America because of their religion. You have, just this week, Bret Kavanaugh, who wants to be on the Supreme Court, refusing to answer whether people should be banned from coming to the United States because of their race, in his reading of the Constitution.
“The accumulation of that…the retweeting of Neo-Nazi videos, Charlottesville – I mean, I could go on and on. What he said about majority black countries – that is tearing more at the fabric of America than attacks on the Twin Towers did.
“We built from that, we became stronger because of that. This seems, to me, a far greater threat to the idea of America.”