Scarborough: ‘You Can Draw a Straight Line’ From Gianforte’s Behavior to Trump

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough directly linked President Donald Trump to an incident in which Republican congressional hopeful Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at a campaign appearance a night earlier.

Scarborough argued Trump’s hostile rhetoric about the media green-lighted Gianforte to act as he had.

“Yesterday, we joked about being able to draw a straight line from Donald Trump to some of the things that he’s being investigated for,” Scarborough said. “You can draw a straight line from Republican candidates thinking that sort of behavior’s OK when you have Donald Trump berating reporters throughout the entire campaign, saying — suggesting terrible things, using the Stalinist term ‘enemy of the people,’ a term so offensive that even in the Soviet Union, Khrushchev outlawed it after Stalin died. You have Katy Tur being berated. You have Mika Brzezinski being berated by Trump. You have CNN, all of CNN — it’s dangerous for CNN reporters to go into those arenas because Trump is whipping people into a frenzy. This is not a big leap from what the head of the Republican Party is saying every day and what happened last night in Montana.”

(h/t The Hill)

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