'He Stole the Victims' Moment': The Five Reacts to Morning Joe's Trump-9/11 Op-Ed
The panel on "The Five" reacted Tuesday to a Washington Post op-ed in which MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said President Trump is "harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could."
The column was published just before the world marked 17 years after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Somerset County, Pa.
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman in the Florida panhandle, wrote that, "for those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image."
On September 11th, I’ll read the column again and think about whether I could have said the same thing in a way less offensive to Trump supporters on September 11th.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 11, 2018
Greg Gutfeld said that Scarborough has the right to criticize Trump in any way he wants, but that by timing his column to the 9/11 anniversary he "stole" something from the victims of the attacks.
Gutfeld said Scarborough "stole their moment" and made memorializing the attacks and their victims about himself.
"He's going to be virtue signaling to all the Resist-ers," Gutfeld said, adding that Scarborough can clarify his remarks but cannot "walk back" the fact he used 9/11 to publicize himself.
Jesse Watters added that Republicans will not suffer as a reaction to the ex-Congressman's remarks, because Scarborough notably quit the party and became unaffiliated last year.
"[Scarborough] has the Trump Derangement Syndrome so bad, he's willing to embarrass himself so severely," Jedediah Bila said.
Juan Williams added that Trump similarly could've acted better in memorializing 9/11, instead of "fist-pumping" when Air Force One landed en route to the 9/11 Memorial in Stonycreek Township, Pa.
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