Joe Scarborough called on Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to stand with the Capitol police officers who defended them against January 6th rioters after a fourth officer has taken his life since the violent insurrection six months ago. The host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said Republicans need to speak out against their colleagues trying to block an investigation of the attack.
Four officers have now died by suicide since the riot, and a fifth died from injuries shortly after Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent effort to overturn the presidential election results.
Last week, four different law enforcement officers testified last week before the House select committee investigating the riot, which Republicans have downplayed as a minor event, and some conservative media figures mocked their pain in describing the brutal violence they faced, with a few even stooping as low as to call them “bad actors”.
Scarborough made his case to Congressional Republicans that it was finally time to break away from Trump to focus on protecting democracy, a plea that will undoubtedly fall on willfully deaf ears.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) August 2, 2021
“Look at the Trump signs everywhere,” Scarborough said. “Donald Trump trying to deny that this wasn’t his riot, this wasn’t his insurrection when, in fact, he was cheering it on from the White House, according to Republican senators and, of course, called up [House minority leader] Kevin McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy asked him, begged him to shut it down, and he told McCarthy it wasn’t his people, even while he was cheering them on. McCarthy shouted at him, swore at him, called him a liar — how stupid do you think we are? Everybody knows. Look at the Trump signs. These are all Donald Trump supporters in there.”
Reminding everyone what Steve Bannon ought to be subpoenaed by the Select Committee to find out what he knew in advance to make this statement. pic.twitter.com/wnpnUvrEtS
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 29, 2021
Watch Scarborough’s full segment, below.