On his relentlessly anti-Trump MSNBC show on Tuesday, Joe Scarborough made it clear that he’s no longer interested in figuring out why 74 million Americans picked Donald Trump over Joe Biden in the election. In a remarkably arrogant rant (even for him), Scarborough said that his president-supporting friends and family members are pretty much just ignorant liars who won’t – and perhaps can’t – listen to the premium facts delivered by networks like MSNBC.
“We can sit and try to figure out, Mika, why people feel the way they feel,” lamented Scarborough, talking to his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski. “I’m more concerned on why they’re as comfortable as they were with an autocrat – with somebody who said that he wanted his attorney general to arrest his political opponent in the last two weeks of the campaign, who would not guarantee a peaceful transfer, who’s put this country through what — they put —”
“Children in cages,” muttered Mika, misinterpreting her husband’s train of thought.
“—put through, the last three weeks,” he finished. “So again, I don’t know that journalists that have been cloistered in New York City and Washington, D.C. should run around America trying to figure out why people feel the way they feel. I think people have told us through two elections.”
Well, that, and the fact that you guys “tried” that after the 2016 election with predictably infuriating results. Trying to figure out how Trump supporters think and feel mostly amounted to finding the most quote-worthy, colorful citizens of small-town America, putting them on TV for the purposes of mockery, and then explaining to viewers that these people are confused, frightened, and more than a little stupid. Oh, and racist, of course, but that goes without saying!
“I don’t really care what people tell me, because I’ve talked to my friends and my family members,” he said. “They don’t have a good answer as to why they’re supporting Donald Trump. They really don’t. They just sort of mumble around and say, ‘Oh, you know, I don’t like him. I hate him. He’s a horrible human being, but you know, he’s our guy.’”
Sounds to us like your friends and family members are just looking for a way to politely avoid another patented Joe Scarborough Lecture in the middle of dinner.
“I spent most of my time when I asked my friends and family members why they were still voting for Donald Trump, listening to their conspiracy theories that they had shared on Facebook,” he resumed later. “They seek out people who will reconfirm what they believe, even when they know it’s not true.”
This, from the network that pushed the Russia hoax for two straight years! Scarborough moved on to another topic shortly after delivering this line…perhaps because he realized that spending too much time on the dangers of “confirmation bias” would awaken something in his viewers.