In one of the most severe cases of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Joe Scarborough decided to use the 17th anniversary of September 11, 2001, to attack President Donald Trump.
Let’s not forget that Scarborough was once one of Trump’s biggest supporters during the early phases of the 2016 presidential race who gave him campaign advice, had him on his MSNBC show several times, and stayed at his Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
Now, he is using 9/11 as an opportunity to attack a president that he helped create.
His column — published on the eve of 9/11 — titled “Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could,” makes illogical jumps and leaps to tie the cost of the foreign intervention following 9/11 to President Trump.
“President Trump’s Republican Party will create more debt in one year than was generated in the first 200 years of America’s existence,” he writes. “And while the United States has been mired in endless wars and bloody occupations over the past 17 years, China has used that same period to aggressively develop economic partnerships across Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.”
Scarborough fails to mention that Trump is a vocal opponent of foreign intervention — especially the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Scarborough first takes a swipe at President Barack Obama and then moves on to his attack on Trump: “[s]ixteen years of strategic missteps have been followers 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.”In a time of opportunism and false self-righteousness, Scarborough and many others in the media realize that any coverage of Trump is good for ratings and good for clicks. This article could have been added to the plethora of anti-Trump columns written on any average day, but instead, Scarborough used a tragedy in an attempt to make his opinion relevant.
Scarborough went so far as to say, “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.”
Yes, according to Scarborough, Trump — a man he helped elevate — is more of a threat than terrorism to our national security.
On September 11, 2001, and after, the country came together. Neighbor helped neighbor. People grieved for their fellow Americans that they had never met. Political affiliation took a back seat to patriotism. Hundreds of thousands of American flags were sold and proudly displayed. Men and women enlisted in the military in large numbers. Most importantly, there was a sense of unity among all Americans. And now, on the anniversary of that fateful day, Scarborough chose to create a divide at a time when America should be most united.
It is a shame that Scarborough chose to exploit a day of grieving and memorial for innocent lives in order to take a swipe at the president. Scarborough's actions are a disgrace to those who lost their lives and their families, and to the values that keep America together.
Posted byKassy Dillon on September 11, 2018