Raw Story: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said President Donald Trump’s racist “shithole” remarks have undercut White House efforts to disprove alarming claims about his mental fitness.
The president insulted immigrants from Haiti and African nations during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, and wondered why the U.S. didn’t try to attract people from mostly white countries like Norway — and the “Morning Joe” host pointed out he’s made similar remarks before.
“This, of course, is the same president who was accused several weeks ago of saying that we didn’t want people from Haiti to come to the United States because they all had AIDS, also said derogatory comments about people coming, I believe it was from Nigeria, once they left their huts, they would never want to go back,” Scarborough said.
Scarborough said the White House had spent this week trying to show Trump was capable and competent, after author Michael Wolff published a book claiming all of the president’s aides agreed he is not very intelligent and possible suffering from dementia.
“So there you go, more ignorance spewing from a president was going to spend this week trying to prove that he’s fit for office and he hasn’t lost a step mentally, but these bizarre rantings and ravings sound, I’ll say it, sounds like grandpa sitting in front of the TV set when he’s getting old and losing it and that sort of thing,” Scarborough said. “You can’t say that, grandpa, be quiet. Except this guy is president of the United States and the damage it does, especially when Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans remain silent in the face of such hatred and bigotry.”