On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, said GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump was acting like a bush-league loser, and challenged Republican leaders to pull their Trump endorsements. Scarborough, host of the morning show and former GOP congressman from Florida, offered party leaders a sample dialogue in dealing with their down spiral, contentious and openly racist presidential contender.
“You’re acting like a bush-league loser. You’re acting like a racist. You’re acting like a bigot. This is called ‘art of the deal.’ I’m taking my deal off the table, Donald.” – Joe Scarborough, MSNBC Morning Joe host
“Until you come to the table, get on the other side of the table and prove to me that you’re not a bigot; and prove to me that you’re not a racist; and prove to me that you’re not going to take my party down in the ditch, you don’t have my endorsement,” Scarborough said. His comments, although pointedly suggestive for party establishment playing ostrich on Trump’s racist and inciteful vitriol, presented as a personal challenge to Trump.
Trump’s latest offensive racially-charged remarks came when he called U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the American-born jurist overseeing his Trump University lawsuit, a Mexican. “I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump, a hater,” Trump said. “The judge who happens to be Mexican, we believe, that’s fine. I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs out.”
As Scarborough hammered out his script for GOP leaders, co-host Mika Brzezinski said she is beginning to think that Trump actually is a bigot and racist. “We can’t have that,” Brzezinski said.
Scarborough also went on to say that Trump’s reliance on GOP disdain for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, as a means for holding the nomination, was a weak excuse for political staying power. “And you can’t use Hillary Clinton as a gun against my head,” Scarborough said. “I’m taking the gun away from my head and putting it on the table. And now it is in your hands on whether you are going to prove to the Republican party and me personally that you are not a bigot.”
The comments came the morning after the former Secretary of State claimed victory as presumptive Democratic nominee. Clinton and rival U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders went to battle in a six-state primary on Tuesday with Clinton coming out on top in New Jersey and California, holding the two biggest pools of delegates. The former First Lady, who became the first woman ever nominated for Oval Office, also won New Mexico and South Dakota, while Sanders took Montana and North Dakota.
This article was originally published at Examiner.com on June 8, 2016.