Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scottawkwardly evaded a very important question regarding Donald Trump’s controversial “Islam hates America” comment.
During an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough asked Scott if he planned to endorse a candidate for the Florida Republican primary set for next Tuesday.
Scarborough followed up that question by asking whether Scott shared in Trump’s outlandish belief that Islam hates the United States.
Scott decided that instead of answering the question, he would beat around the bush and discuss how his state is a “melting pot” filled with all types of people, noting that he is in favor of prohibiting Syrian refugees from entering the state until a better vetting process is implemented.
Note: Syrian refugees and Florida’s diverse demographics have absolutely nothing to do with the question Scott was asked.
Scarborough didn’t let Scott off that easily; he continued to repeat his question, pressing for a less ambiguous response.
“I’m just asking generally, do you think that Muslims hate Americans? That Islam hates America, as Donald Trump said last night?” Scarborough asked.
Again, Scott began talking about Florida and all of the Muslims and Latin Americans that reside there. This exchange continued with no luck. Scott deliberately chose to endure sheer and utter embarrassment on national television just to avoid answering a very simple and direct question.
“That was weak, sniveling, political wavering,” Brzezinski told Scarborough after abruptly ending the segment. “I doubt his endorsement would have any impact anyway. Sorry.”
The way that Scott handled the conversation indicates that he either agrees with Trump but doesn’t want everyone to hate him or he is just too cowardly to jeopardize his political standing by condemning Trump, who is on track to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
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While it makes sense for a politician to remain loyal to their party, absurd and insane comments like what Trump said of Islam must be denounced. All members of the GOP — unless they are in agreement — should be happy to publicly distance themselves from that kind of senseless and reckless nonsense.
Why is everyone allowing Trump to normalize bigotry? There is no substance to support the claims he made about Islam; they stem solely from his own prejudice and separatist opinions.
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