MSNBC host Joe Scarborough excoriated Alabama voters who voiced support for President Donald Trump’s attacks on war hero Sen. John McCain.
The “Morning Joe” host, who grew up in the South and graduated from the University of Alabama, said that Trump trashing McCain over his vote against the Obamacare repeal showed “no humanity.”
“You have a man who is dying and you are using him for political punch lines on talk radio, and also audiences in Alabama?” Scarborough asked.
Scarborough went on to slam the voters at the rally who booed when Trump discussed McCain on stage.
“By the way, for people watching at home, if McCain is getting attacked and he’s fighting for his life, unless you were raised in a barn, keep your mouths shut,” he said. “Alright? Show a little respect, show a little dignity, show a little class.”
Scarborough questioned how Southerners who go to church could boo a man “fighting for his very life.”
“Who raised them? Who raised these people?” Scarborough said. “Because, I guarantee you, I was raised in the same region and the same socioeconomic background, going to the same Southern Baptist churches, going to the same public schools, going to the same public colleges, state schools, that these people went to.”
“So I ask, who raised these people? Who have they become that they would boo a man who is fighting for his very life.”
Scarborough praised McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War when he was held as a prisoner of war for years despite being allowed to walk free while Trump received deferment after deferment to avoid having to serve.
“(He) has served this country in uniform, who is a prisoner of war, who was actually told, you know what, you can be released from prison because your father is really powerful, he’s a powerful man, just walk out of the prison, go home, you can be reunited with your family, we’ll stop beating you, stop putting scars on your back,” Scarborough said. “Go home, you will be freed, and John McCain said, for those of you booing John McCain right now and are too ignorant to read a book, John McCain said, no, I’m not going to go home, tell all my men to go home with me.”
Scarborough then again questioned how people can completely lose their moral compass just because Trump incited them.
“Someone has failed you in your life, and you need to examine that,” Scarborough said of the voters at the rally. “If you still go to church, you need to pray for yourself this Sunday morning in church, and then when you get your head screwed on right and you start putting humanity ahead of politics, against the stupidity (and) tribalism that’s destroying this country, then go home and tell your children the story of John McCain.”
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McCain underwent surgery for a brain tumor in July. In an interview with “60 Minutes” Sunday, McCain admitted that doctors gave him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles cancer.
McCain also revealed that Trump never apologized for saying he was not a war hero.
“If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me, or disparaged me or something like that ― life is too short. You’ve gotta move on,” McCain said.
Trump said at a 2015 event in Iowa that McCain was “not a war hero” because he got “captured.”
“I like people who weren’t captured,” the future president said.