Scarborough: ‘I’m Not Being an Elitist When I Say Ben Carson Is Not Qualified to Be President’

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough railed against Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s candidacy and warned that despite the content of Carson’s character, he isn’t qualified to be president.

Upon reviewing positive feedback about Carson from a Bloomberg Politics/Purple State Strategies focus group, Scarborough expressed his skepticism and relayed his personal experiences with Pensacola, FL local government, in which he said some people would get elected and wind up being a “disaster.”

“I have seen people on school boards that were good, Christian people. That got elected because they were good, Christian people. They went on school boards and ended up with grand juries coming after them not because they were bad people but because they were so over their heads on the Escambia County school board, And people are looking at this guy and saying he’s a good, decent, Christian guy and they are ready for him to be President of the United States. I am sorry, I’m going to stop right here. And I’m not going to get on this train where I say I understand why people would vote for Ben Carson as president of the United States. And I can tell you, we’re going down a dangerous path as a party and a dangerous path as a country if we Republicans or Democrats start electing people because they’re nice Christian folk.”

Later in the segment, Scarborough doubled down on his sentiment and dismissed anyone who may criticize his view on Carson.

“[I] know there are a couple of idiots that are going to say, ‘Oh, Manhattan elites and Joe Scarborough, da da da da.’ No, all of these people — I know them. They all voted for me. And quite frankly if I ran again they would vote for me again despite what I’m saying right now about Ben Carson. I’m not being an elitist when I say Ben Carson is not qualified to be president of the United States. I don’t get why they aren’t talking about someone who can actually get us out of the mess–I say this as a Republican–Barack Obama has put us.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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