Joe Scarborough has announced his departure from the Republican Party.
Scarborough is the co-host of Morning Joe, an MSNBC morning news channel who was named as one of the most influential people in the world by Time in 2011. He will be leaving the GOP as he is not on board with some of the moves made by the current administration, including the Muslim travel ban.
He made the announcement Tuesday night as a guest in “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The late-night host asked what made Scarborough change his mind about supporting Donald Trump, and Scarborough said he believes the Republican Party has betrayed its core values.
The morning news show host referenced other moments in Trump’s presidential campaign and his presidency that tainted the GOP in his eyes, including Trump saying he didn’t know who Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was, as well as the party’s willingness to look the other way every time Trump made a racist statement, whether it be about Hispanics or Muslims.
“How much of this country and its values are they (the GOP) willing to sell out?” he said. Colbert asked Scarborough if he is a Republican, and Scarborough said he will no longer identify himself with the party.
He also condemned Jared Kushner and other members of the Trump campaign and their links to Russia; “if they didn’t collude, they certainly decided they were going to coordinate with an enemy foreign government.”
Check out the clip of Scarborough on Colbert’s show here:
Scarborough revealed that he is seeking a career change and is releasing a music album with his band Scarborough, as music is what he always wanted to do.
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