Scarborough on 9/11: ‘Trump Is Harming the Dream of America More Than Any Foreign Adversary Ever Could’
President Trump is more destructive to America than 9/11, MSNBC personality and former Republican congressman, Joe Scarborough, said Tuesday.
Scarborough penned a Washington Post column on the anniversary of the terror attacks making the controversial claim that Trump is worse for America than al Qaeda or any other foreign adversary.
His MSNBC co-host and fiance, Mika Brzezinski, read the column on the air Tuesday.
“Joe, you have a column in ‘The Washington Post’ this morning that really looks at the gravity of the situation from 20,000 feet, it echoes some things my father was telling me before he passed away," she began. "You write in part this: ‘Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could in which he charts the course from Bush to Obama to Trump and a country that went from a huge surplus to racking up unparalleled deficits while squandering moral leadership.’"
She went on:
"‘16 years of strategic missteps have been followed by the maniacal moves of a man who has savaged America’s vital alliances, provided comfort to hostile foreign powers, attacked our intelligence and military communities, and lent a sympathetic ear to neo-Nazis and white supremacists across the globe. For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image. As ‘The New York Times’s Roger Cohen wrote the month after Trump’s election, ‘America is an idea. Strip freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law from what the United States represents to the world and America itself is gutted.’ Osama bin Laden was killed by S.E.A.L. Team 6 before he accomplished that goal. Other tyrants who tried to do the same were consigned to the ash heap of history. The question for voters this fall is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage —‘ and listen to this — ‘more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could.’ Couldn’t agree more, Joe.”
Scarborough then emphasized how much worse he believes the Trump Administration is for America than the attacks of 9/11.
“If you strip America of its ideas, forget about knocking down buildings in the financial district, forget about running planes into the Pentagon," he said. "Those are tragedies, but those tragedies bring us closer together. America is an idea. You gut America of that idea, that is when you do the most harm to America."
He went on: "Roger Cohen wrote that right after Donald Trump was elected and unfortunately, 18 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 Brett 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 and his reading of the Constitution. And the accumulation of that, the re-tweeting of the neo-Nazi videos, Charlottesville, I can 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 rebuilt from that. We became stronger because of that. But this seems to me a far graver threat to the idea of America.”