Donald Trump emerged as the winner of the Iowa caucus last night, soundly defeating Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy. He garnered 51% of the vote, defeating both DeSantis and Haley by around 30 points.
Trump crowed on stage last night, saying that no one expected him to win by this large a margin. He also went out of his way to compliment DeSantis, Haley, and Ramaswamy which could be his way of gently nudging them out of the race. Still, Joe Scarborough didn't think it was a great night for the former President.
The MSNBC host began, I want to look at this another way. If Barack Obama took four years off and then ran in a Democratic caucus in Iowa, would 50% of Democrats vote against Barack Obama? No, no. They wouldn’t."
"The fact that Donald Trump has 50% of Republicans not voting for him — and, as Steve Kornacki said, one-third hating him in the state of Iowa. We can all sit here and, you know, put on sackcloth and ashes and, and moan about Donald Trump getting 51% of the vote. Got to say, for people who actually want to win general elections, that’s not good news."