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