During Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the show hosts slammed the Republican speakers who appeared at CPAC over the weekend, saying “they looked like clowns” for trying to top Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in an effort to jump to the lead for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
“One of the concerns I’ve heard from Republicans, the kind that John [Lemire] is talking about, John McCain, George W. Bush, Reagan Republicans — even if Donald Trump doesn’t run again, even if he’s pushed to the side and forgotten over the next few years, it’s all the mini-Trumps coming up through the system having learned a lesson that the way to become president of the United States in Trump’s case is to be seen as fighting, not to get mired down in policy discussions but to always be aggrieved and always seen as fighting. We see that with [Sen.] Ted Cruz and a bunch of freshman members too,” co-host Willie Geist said.
Co-host Joe Scarborough chimed in: “I think I’m in the distinct minority when I say this. I don’t think Trumpism is transferrable as a national message only because, after eight years of Ronald Reagan, Republicans were sure they were going to be able to extend Reaganism over the next decade as far as continuing to win the White House after Reagan and Bush. What is it, Democrats have won seven of eight popular votes starting in 1992?”
Scarborough then turned to the current field of GOP lawmakers jockeying to fill Trump’s shoes, ridiculing Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Joah Hawley (R-MO) over their speeches at CPAC.
“It was horrible,” the MSNBC host stated. “And Josh Hawley, ‘doggone it, I’m being censored. I’m so weak. I went to Yale. I went to Stanford, poor me.’ It’s really, I mean, these guys, you look at them and go, oh, I do want us to consider starting a GoFundMe site for their acting lessons, because they’re so bad.”
“What Donald Trump was able to do in 2016 before he lost every election after that, none of these other people can do,” he continued before adding, “and they just look like clowns when they try.”
Watch the segment below: