‘Morning Joe’ still Republican 3 months after saying he would leave party
Updated 6:18 pm, Tuesday, October 10, 2017
NEW CANAAN — Roughly three months after “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough announced his plans to leave the GOP, he remains a registered Republican in his hometown of New Canaan.
Republican Registrar of Voters Joan McLaughlin confirmed Tuesday, Oct. 10 that Scarborough had still not changed his party affiliation, despite announcing plans to do so as a guest on “Late Night with Stephen Colbert,” on July 11.
“This is well before Donald Trump was elected president that my party has betrayed their core values,” Scarborough told Colbert, citing Trump’s 2015 support of a Muslim ban and the party’s failure to condemn Trump for silently accepting the support of David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, among other examples.
“I am a Republican. But I’m not going to be a republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent,” Scarborough declared.
In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential elec tion, Scarborough and his co-host and fiance, Mika Brzezinski, were criticized for lending credence to Trump — who the pair once considered a friend — and his campaign, before an apparent reversal of opinion on the Republican nominee.
More recently, the relationship between the Morning Joe hosts and President Trump has soured. Scarborough and Brzezinski have been vocal critics of Trump since his election, prompting Trump to lash out in a series of Tweets in June, in one of which he claimed that Brzezinski was
“bleeding badly from a face-lift” at a New Year’s gathering at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Less than two weeks after the president’s Twitter rant, Scarborough made his announcement, though it’s unclear whether he still intends to abandon the party with which he’s long been associated.