During a panel discussion on “Morning Joe” about President-elect Donald Trump’s apparently improving poll ratings, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough suggested President Barack Obama, who came in as “black Jesus,” may have disappointed some of his voters because people had very high expectations of him.
“I would rather be low than high,” Scarborough said while discussing Trump’s “stunning” numbers ahead of his presidency. “Absolutely. Any politician wants to.”
He also added low expectations may actually be benefiting Trump.
“Obama came in as black Jesus,” the host continued. “I don't want to come in as redneck Jesus if I'm a president of the United States. You want to come in where people — like Ronald Reagan — underestimate you.”
He also blamed the media for inadvertently helping Trump by highlighting the support he receives from neo-Nazi groups, which includes a video of attendees in a conference in Washington D.C., promoting Nazi propaganda in wake of Trump’s electoral win.
“And the media, once again, has done Donald Trump a great favor,” he added. “What have they told us over the past week? He’s a white supremacist, he’s a Nazi, he’s bringing Nazis back to America.”
"You all are fools. If you hate Donald Trump, and you want to destroy Donald Trump, you're doing it the wrong way," he said.
Despite Scarborough’s apparent vehement denunciation of the president-elect, the News York Times reported this week that he was informally advising Trump. He was also recently criticized for praising and defending Trump after a meeting they had on September to fix relations with the president-elect.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Trump disavowed support form the so-called “alt-right” groups.
"I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn," Trump said "I don't want to energize the group, and I disavow the group."