For a guy who regularly decries the debasement of the political culture, Joe Scarborough sure has a funny way of elevating the dialogue . . . On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said that Donald Trump reminded him of “scumbags” who said that President George W. Bush had something to do with 9-11.

Scarborough was steamed over Trump’s comments yesterday on the campaign trail that when it comes to Islamic terrorism, President Obama either is not tough enough, or “has something else in mind . . . there’s something going on.” Asked later to clarify his statements, Trump said he would let people “figure out” their meaning for themselves. Scarborough sidekick Mike Barnicle was only too happy to jump on Joe’s bandwagon, claiming that Trump’s statements were a “disqualifier” for his presidential aspirations.

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JOE SCARBOROUGH: It’s a good thing he’s grown, Mike. It’s a good thing he’s grown. It gets worse by the day on the campaign trail. Yesterday, a suggestion, a suggestion, on several channels that Barack Obama was somehow implicated, implicated in these terror attacks and then saying, well, I’ll let people just try to figure out out what I said. It reminds me when a lot of scumbags said that George W. Bush had something to do with 9/11. But to have those on the internet, the standard bearer, Paul Ryan’s candidate, Mitch McConnell’s candidate, the Republican party’s candidate saying that Barack Obama may have been complicit in the killings of Americans is, is beyond breathtaking.

MIKE BARNICLE: Joe, yesterday, what he said on TV early in the morning is basically a disqualifier to be President of the United States because he accused the sitting President of the United States, Barack Obama, of a treasonous act.