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Scarborough: on Immigration Order, Trump Admin ‘Betrayed’ Mattis, Kelly, Tillerson

Scarborough: on Immigration Order, Trump Admin ‘Betrayed’ Mattis, Kelly, Tillerson

Trump admin ‘playing with fire’ by working with senior congressional aides without informing their bosses

Day Deux of Joe Scarborough’s tirade against the Trump admin’s handling of the executive order on immigration.

On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough condemned the admin’s accusation that acting AG Sally Yates had “betrayed” the Justice Department by refusing to enforce the executive order. Scarborough repeatedly called the use of the word “frightening,” suggesting it was worthy of an “autocrat” in a country like Venezuela.

Scarborough then turned the tables, saying that Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, and Trump himself had “betrayed” Defense Secretary Mattis, DHS head John Kelly, and others by failing to provide them details of the order before it was made public. Scarborough expressed outrage that Stephen Miller and others in the administration apparently believed they could not trust those heroes with a secret.

Note: it was reported that in the drafting of the order, the Trump admin had worked with senior aides to Republican committee chairmen without informing the chairmen thereof. Kasie Hunt said that in doing so, the administration is “playing with fire,” with Scarborough observing that any aide of his who had done that when he was a congressman would have had his “crap” out in the hallway and been led away in cuffs if necessary.

Note segundo: although Scarborough mentioned Bannon’s role in this more than once, and even said that the buck stopped with President Trump, Stephen Miller was once again the main object of Joe’s ire. Among other things he sarcastically advised the administration to keep Miller off TV: “he’s not good on television.” This Insurrectionist caught Miller’s appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show last night and found him smooth and surprisingly relaxed, given the circumstances.

Note tercero: as mentioned, this was the second day running that Scarborough devoted the show’s opening to a condemnation of the Trump admin’s handling of the executive order, with much of the fire being focused on Trump advisor Stephen Miller. Here’s our report on yesterday’s show, in which Scarborough called Miller “a very young person on a power trip.”

Note cuarto: The accusation that Yates betrayed the Justice Department doesn’t come close to Al Gore’s bellowed accusation that President George W. Bush “betrayed this country.”

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: White House officials say the replacement, Dana Boente, was sworn in last night at 9:00 P.M. A few minutes later the White House sent out a statement saying in part, “the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

. . .

JOE SCARBOROUGH: The word betrayed. Using the word betrayed for somebody is frightening. That’s what an autocrat would use, whoever put that word in there.

MIKE BARNICLE: Weak on borders, weak on immigration.

JOE: There are people that can have reasonable differences without saying that if they don’t agree with you, they betray you. That is frightening, chilling language . . . Saying that somebody betrayed the Justice Department because they don’t agree with you, take that to Venezuela, okay, we don’t really want to use that sort of language here. It’s time for you guys to grow up. It really is time to grow up.

. . .

JOE: [dramatic pause I want to circle this word —

BARNICLE: Betrayed.

JOE: Because it’s frightening.

BARNICLE: Betrayed the Department of Justice.

JOE: To suggest that someone acting as a conscientious objector to a law that has divided this country would be termed as someone who has, quote, betrayed the Justice Department. That is deeply, deeply offensive first of all. But secondly, it is frightening the Trump administration actually views dissent that way.

. . .

MIKA: There’s more reporting this morning that top lawmakers and top cabinet members were left in the dark as the travel ban, the executive order, was being developed, written, and rolled out. Think about that. The Associated Press reports at least three top national security figures, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Rex Tillerson have told associates they were not aware of details of the directives until around the time Trump signed it. . . . The report goes on, quote, Mattis, who stood next to Trump during Friday’s signing ceremony, is said to be particularly incensed.

. . .

Aides confirmed to NBC News that neither House Homeland Security chairman Michael McCaul nor House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte were consulted on the president’s immigration executive order. Politico reports that senior staffers on Goodlatte’s committee

JOE: — this was unbelievable.

MIKA: — helped Donald Trump’s top aides draft the executive order but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed.

JOE: So these people who worked for the chairman of the Judiciary Committee did it behind his back and did not inform him.

. . .

MIKA: Some young kids draft —

JOE: — some young kids draft, which caused chaos across the globe, has implications.

MIKA: And he goes on television doubling down and tripling down on it as if he runs the place.

JOE: By the way, he’s not good on television, you guys should probably keep him off television. So the White House kept talking, they talked for the past couple of days about keeping this closely held because they didn’t want to tip off terrorists who would then come to the country. I’m just wondering what exactly is in General James Mattis’s background that concerned Stephen Miller so much that he felt the need to keep our Secretary of Defense in the dark to the details.

I’m wondering what exactly is in General John Kelly’s background and service to this country in war and peace that made Stephen Miller think that that general who has given his all for this country, who has given a son for this country, should be left in the dark about an executive order that actually impacts homeland security, impacts our fight against terror. What exactly in Mike Pompeo’s background, what exactly was in Rex Tillerson’s background that made Stephen Miller think he could not trust these men?

. . .

JOE: And ask yourself if you’re one of these American heroes why you would stick around and work for a — the first word I can’t say but the second word is “show.” For this crap show. Why would you work at this place if this ever happened again?

. . .

KASIE HUNT: And the idea they’re going to go around committee chairman to their staff and not inform the person at the head of the committee: they are playing with fire.

JOE: If we want to talk about betrayed, let’s talk about betrayed. I’ve got a great list of people who were betrayed. American hero General James Mattis was betrayed by the Trump administration. Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo, betrayed by Trump administration. American hero General John Kelly betrayed by the Trump administration. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, betrayed by the Trump administration. Behind his back with his own staffers. I tell you, if somebody on my staff in congress did that to me, again, I want to say a word I can’t say. Their crap would be out in the hall that morning. If they tried to get in the office, I would call Capitol police and have them handcuffed and taken off premises. It’s unbelievable.

Let’s see, who else was betrayed? Oh! Chairman Bob Corker, betrayed! All of them betrayed by Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, and, yes, the buck stops with Donald Trump. All of them betrayed. You want to talk about betrayal, that was betrayal of men who have fought and given everything to their country.


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At least the President knew. Under the previous administration, he usually found things out on CNN…

Rich Lowery…one of those “stupid squishes” who write fine, balanced stuff…with some fine, balanced stuff you should read.

T-rump suckers are excused. Nobody expects you to read, much less think.

    4th armored div in reply to Ragspierre. | January 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

    forget to take your meds this morning ?

    whether you back the POTUS or not, it still important to understand who the real adversary is (a hint it’s Lib-Rules who want to take away our constitutional rights).

    Time to give it up and start acting like a patriot instead of a crybaby who didn’t get his all day sucker.

      It’s funny how leading with “I HATE YOU ALL!!! HA HA HA HA! I HATE YOU ALL AND WANT YOU TO DIE!!!” never wins many political arguments.

      It’s a big reason why the dem “resistance” is failing so miserably right now. Sure, they’ve got the True Believers with them; but they need a lot more than that to win. Who are they attracting to them by their behavior? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

      Ragspierre in reply to 4th armored div. | January 31, 2017 at 11:32 am

      After you read the cited piece, you can criticize.

      Until then, you’re just a stupid hater who can’t tolerate any opposing view.

        Walker Evans in reply to Ragspierre. | January 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm

        I read it, and it is a good piece that basically supports the immigration EO. If more people would actually read the EO most of the protesting would dry up and blow away.

        However, as someone who supported Trump over HRC (Her Royal Corruptness), I do find your last sentence, and every other such reference to Trump voters, offensive. If we were the morons you imply we are, we couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without assistance from a keeper. Your brush is a bit too broad.

      VaGentleman in reply to 4th armored div. | January 31, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      The real fun is watching the little ass destroy any remaining credibility he had. He throws around ‘T-rump sucker’ like it’s a Klingon death ray, but, in reality, everyone just ignores it or laughs at him for saying it.

      T-rump suckers – those are the ones who didn’t vote ‘Present‘ on Nov 8. They voted to actually change things, not just talk.

      What’s funny is that, the article, while somewhat critical of the way he did it, is fully supportive of the need to do it. The harshest criticism is reserved for Trump’s nay sayers, attacking their motivation and integrity. It compares them to McCarthy, points out that Trump’s limits are in line with inflows from recent years, and justifies him as in line with US history on immigration.

      In the end it says:
      “All of this said, the critics are right to sense something different in President Trump. He is going to put much more emphasis on the integrity of our borders and less on humanitarian considerations than his predecessors. This is a direct challenge to the lazy cosmopolitanism that assumes the only correct answer in immigration policy is always “more” and never “less.”

      And that’s a good thing.

    The articles is fine. You usually push only noted nevertrumpers with more nevertrump BS. Not the case here. Noted nevertrumper actually praising the EO on immigration.

The reality is the truth is the opposite of the projection going on.


    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to mailman. | January 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    They’ll seem like 80 years to the Leftists cause Trump packs so much in to every single working day!

Trillions of $$$$ are at stake with the upcoming Tariffs and H1-B changes. Don’t be deceived. This has little to due with a 90 day travel ban. This is about cutting Donald Trump to bleed him over time.

Follow the Money.

Moaning Joe and the Dumb Blonde (but I repeat myself) exposes his ignorance once again.

    Tom Servo in reply to eamonkelly. | January 31, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I saw Miller on Tucker’s show last night, and I think it’s easy to explain why he was so calm, almost amused by the attention. He kept saying “they are giving me WAY too much credit in this process.” He implied he was flattered to be portrayed as this terrible Bete Noire who had carried out a Nefarious Plan, but he appeared to say that he mostly was just called in to review stuff that other people had written, and that he had a minor role overall.

    So that would make Joe S.’ rant fairly amusing, if you’r watching him knowing that all of his tirades are based on fake news and misinformation. Maybe Joe is turning into the new Keith Olbermann.

    btw, wouldn’t it be funny if Trump authorized several of his people to secretly, behind the scenes, feed fake and deliberately ridiculous stories to people like Scarborough, just to make them look stupid when they go public without any further verification? It’s what I would be doing if I was Trump.

The “failure” to “notify” Congressmen and senior cabinet officials was not an error. Senior Congressional staff members do not keep their Congressman in the dark, UNLESS that Congressman WANTS to be kept in the dark. It was all about giving these people political cover. Now they can all say, they were never consulted.

You can always tell which people are so effective that they terrify anti-Trump people. It is evident in the way the anti-Trumpers attack them. Bannon terrifies these people. Miller terrifies them, especially after his recent television appearances. Kelly Ann Conway terrifies them. They are even afraid of Sean Spicer, who is probably the least threatening of the bunch. They can not touch Der Donald, so they are now attacking his aids.

Different day, same s**t.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | January 31, 2017 at 11:45 am

    It’s good to have you T-rump sucking cultists flushed out here.

    You’ve been pretending some rationality here since you first showed up, but now you’ve been smoked out.

    Bannon only “terrifies” people in the same sense that Obama “terrifies” people. We hate, despise, and deplore what they try to do to the Constitution and liberty.

      Meds, double up.

      Back from the Magic Kingdom, I see.

      In the first place, The Trump Administration has not trampled on any rights nor has it violated the Constitution or the law. Now, Obama, on the other hand, did both, continually and often.

      As for the liberal/progressives, especially those in the media, fearing Bannon, Miller, et al, this is clearly evident by the continual attacks, both professionally and personally, which are totally devoid of any factual charges or examples. It is very similar to the way YOU operate, by the way.

        Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | January 31, 2017 at 7:23 pm

        As with Obama, you T-rump sucking cultist, it is not hard to read what Bannon says and see where he’s going.

        You poor moronic follower.

facebookisfacist | January 31, 2017 at 12:40 pm

I know website like yours need something to write about in order to get traffic. But why do you give these idiots any exposure? They are empty, vapid talking heads who do not care about anything but ratings.

But every day I come here and you have one or more posts explaining something stupid these two have said. As if I care what they said on ANYTHING. Even if it is confirming an opinion I have I DON’T care what they say. EVER.

So until you stop posting what these posers say, I will stop visiting this site. I recommend any intelligent, free think reader to do the same.

    How about…because people on the left DO listen to these people and some of us are interested in hearing what they are saying? Without having to actually watch MSNBC. I don’t agree with them, either. Nor, I suspect, does Mr. Finkelstein. Ignoring the opposition, however, makes it very difficult to formulate an intelligent response. For example, look at the behavior of the Democrats for the past 8 years and then note the election of Donald J. Trump and boatloads of Republicans in most every state in the Union.

    If you don’t like these posts, perhaps you should simply not read them?

Consider Scarborough as part of the liberal attack on Republicans. Yes I know he was a Republican Congressman in the distant past. However, look at what he did during this election cycle. He talked up trump, until he was the nominee then attacked him. The mark of a true Democrat.

    cocamars in reply to davod. | January 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Substitute the name Trump with the names Bush, McCain, and Romney. That’s Joseph’s MO at MSNBC. That’s how the this former Republican keeps the pay checks coming.

Rand Paul had a nice segment during the last half hour of Joe’s 2 1/2 hour breakdown. He pointed out that the real problem isn’t the somewhat sloppy roll out of this temporary immigration restriction, the real problem is that 40% of people who enter the country on a visa disappear and are not tracked down.

That point seemed to take the wind out the sails of the panel for the rest of the segment.

    Mac45 in reply to cocamars. | January 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    There was NO sloppy roll-out of this policy. It was advertised for the last six months and the media was carrying stories of the specific of the order for days prior to its implementation. It was implemented on a Saturday, not by accident, as this would reduce the amount of foreigner traffic affected. And, it would have resulted in approximately 100 people being inconvenienced for a few hours, at most, before being released into the country.

    The problems were all generated by anti-Trump activists and the news media. The Trump administration is under no obligation to hold the hands of the media, its opposition or the rest of the nation. People need to grow and start thinking for themselves, instead of believing anything they are told, especially by people who have a vested interest in keeping the flow of immigrants going..

Mika’s habit of tossing in a random “think about that” now and again is getting annoying. I’ve seen no evidence that her own mental horsepower qualifies her to make such demands.

Mika says things like that because actually thinking about it herself seems to be beyond her capabilities.

There are other anti truth Globalists sites that could be posted instead of Joe S…

But it’s comedy, think Dumb and Dumber…I want a job like that, millions for nothing and your kicks for free…

Heard that somewhere. Snowflakes crying “I want my free money.”.. rhymes with ” I want my MTV.”.. who knew, think about that… lol.