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Joe Scarborough calls for arrests of Trump, Giuliani, Trump Jr. for insurrection in fiery speech

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TV host and commentator Joe Scarborough, in an enraged and emotional speech Thursday morning, criticized Capitol Police for their handling of Wednesday’s violent riot at the Capitol and called for the arrests of President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump Jr. for insurrection, dropping an f-bomb.

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“If these insurrectionists were Black, they would have been shot in the face,” the former Republican congressman said on his MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” from the top of his lungs. “And my god, if these insurrectionists were Muslim they would have been sniped from the top of buildings.”

“So I want to know from the Capitol Hill police—what, is it just white people? Or is it Donald Trump supporters? Why do you scream at people for walking across the street three blocks away from the Capitol? Why are you known as these badasses around the Capitol? But then Trump supporters come in and you open the f—— doors for them. You open the doors for them and let them breach the people’s house. What is wrong with you?”

Scarborough doubled down on this comment later around noon (ET), tweeting: “Law enforcement leaders at the Capitol and across DC knew this was coming. Why did they do nothing to prepare?”

During the Thursday morning episode of “Morning Joe,” Scarborough’s attention then turned to President Trump, as well as Giuliani and Trump Jr.

“Are we a nation of laws?” he asked during his show. “Are we a nation of one man?”

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“That’s insurrection against the United States of America and if Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump are not arrested today for insurrection and taken to jail and booked—and if the Capitol Hill police do not go through every video and look at the face of every person that invaded our Capitol and if they are not arrested and brought to justice today—then we are no longer a nation of laws and we only tell people they can do this again,” Scarborough said.

There are some comments that the trio made Wednesday that people from politicians to commentators have cited as possible grounds for inciting a riot.

RELATED: Some Dem lawmakers call for Trump, his allies in Congress to resign

Prior to the violent chaos that engulfed Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Trump and his allies held a political rally in front of the White House to protest Congress planning to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory later that day, which it ultimately did Thursday.

Toward the end of Trump’s rally speech he said to the fiery crowd of devoted supporters: “We’re going to the Capitol” to give Republicans the “boldness that they need to take back our country.”

“Let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he added, then telling the crowd he would “be there with you.”

As violence ensued at the Capitol, Trump delivered a video message via Twitter urging peace.

Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, on Wednesday called for a “trial by combat,” referring to Trump’s team and Biden’s team putting their reputations on the line over whether or not widespread fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., that day attacked congressional Republicans who were not defending President Trump’s dubious claims of election fraud, telling the rally they need to “stand up and fight.”

“You can either be a hero or you can be a zero,” Trump Jr. said. “And the choice is yours. But we are all watching. The whole world is watching, folks, choose wisely. […] These guys better fight for Trump. Because if they’re not—guess what? I’m going to be in your backyard in a couple of months.”

“We’re coming for you,” he added, “and we’re going to have a good time doing it.”

Scarborough’s calls for the trio’s arrests come as lawmakers and other figures call for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, President Trump’s resignation, and for his impeachment, the articles of which Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has already drafted. The day after the Capitol siege, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger became the first Republican lawmaker to publicly back impeachment.

RELATED: Multiple Trump admin officials resign following D.C. riot

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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