One wonders if Joe Scarborough gets nosebleeds at the summit of Mount Arrogance.
On Tuesday, February 16, he reached the pinnacle of puerile sanctimony as he sneered at an expensive camera to proclaim that the alleged break-in and disorderly conduct on January 6 at the Capitol, which lasted mere hours, was much worse and of far greater significance than an entire year of Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots.
Really. He did.
And in his grand proclamation, Sir Scarborough not only showed his sad, seemingly quick-to-anger personality, his insufferable conceit, and Nero-like disdain for civilians who lost everything in those riots, he showed his flip, childish ignorance of the Constitution he swore to uphold when he was a U.S. Congressman.
As The Daily Caller tweeted, to start his rant, the overconfident MSNBC host spouted this to the tiny audience and his insufferably unquestioning co-host/wife, Mika Brzezinski:
I know there are idiots on other cable news channels that will say, well, this mom-and-pop store was vandalized during the summer riots and that’s just as bad as the United States Capitol being vandalized.' No. No, actually no, jackass, it’s not. The Capitol of the United States is the center of American democracy.
Which brings to mind a few points for this man who makes his living using words to express his disturbing opinions.
First, Joe, on the grammatical side: when referring to people -- even those one considers “idiots”, as you do -- one uses a personal pronoun. The correct phrasing would be: “I know there are idiots on other cable news channels WHO will say…”, not “I know there are idiots on other cable news channels THAT will say…”
Secondly, the Capitol of the United States is not the center of “democracy” of any sort, Joe. It’s the center of what is supposed to be a constitutionally constrained representative republic – which you should know, since you once swore an oath to abide by the Constitution. Then again, based on your voting record, you didn’t seem to care about that oath or the so-called ruled of the Constitution you used to claim your salary at the time.
Third: employing the term “vandalized” to describe businesses that were looted and entire city blocks that were set ablaze is to completely misreport the facts and diminish the seriousness of the 2020 riots.
But, let’s continue with Joe's feckless fulminations, just for fun. He continued:
And while I am a fierce believer in people’s right to defend their private property, I’m not going to confuse a taco stand with the United States Capitol. I’m not going to confuse the selling of tacos with actually moving through a constitutional process that is laid out in the United States Constitution for members of the House and the Senate to actually perform their constitutional duties. No. No, no, no. Property damage does not equal insurrection.
Which is precisely why no one arrested at the Capitol on January 6 has been charged with insurrection. As I noted last week for MRCTV, there was no insurrection or attempted insurrection. But Scarborough and many of his pop media colleagues appear to have adopted the Goebbelsesque tactic of repeating a lie until they can get enough people to adopt the language as shorthand or believe that lie. It’s similar to Joy Reid using the shorthand of “One-Six Insurrection” that I noted in my piece last week – a shorthand that stands as a shocking, seeming attempt to raise the brief January 6 chaos in D.C. to the level of mass slaughter suffered on September 11.
Indeed, if there were any question of Joe’s hot-headed and heartless intent to do the same as Reid, he soon amplified it on Twitter, saying to The Daily Caller:
Do you think it is the same? Are you too stupid to understand the destruction of personal property is abhorrent, and at the same time realize that a terrorist attack against the US Capitol is a greater threat to America? Is arson against a warehouse the same as 9-11?
Which is worse than what Reid did on her platform last week.
Not only does Scarborough lash out again, using ad-hominem attacks that are equivalent to schoolyard bullying (Mika must be so proud), he limits the description of the 2020 riots to a “warehouse” arson, and then uses false-equivalency to liken the Capitol break-in to 9-11.
Can you imagine someone being so deaf and blind to the suffering of loved-ones, friends, and neighbors due to the massive September 11, 2001 attacks that you minimize it to the same level of what happened at the Capitol?
And to top it off, Scarborough has the gall to openly claim that he “is a fierce believer in the people’s right to defend their private property,” using rigorously selective language revealing that he does not believe there is a right to keep and bear arms at all. If he can define the reason for which one can own a firearm, limiting it to “protecting their private property,” he shows that he doesn’t believe in the right to keep and bear arms.
Simply put, Joe, rights are called rights because they are, by their nature, untouchable and unrestrainable by the state and by others who would use force against us. It’s axiomatic. Rights are inherent and not subject to state limitation to merely be used “to defend private property,” as you so disingenuously proclaim. So the right to keep and bear arms is not merely the right to protect a home or business. It’s the right to revolt, as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and John Locke’s 1670 Second Treatise, on which much of Jefferson’s Declaration was based.
This guy appears to have no regard for rights or private property. He verbally spits on the scores of private businesses destroyed by rioters, he disregards the looting, the $2 billion in ruined or stolen property, the over two-dozen killed. How can any MSNBC exec actually go to work thinking this sad man is being paid to do spew this incoherent venom? And how can a man like Scarborough worship the state so much that he thinks the seat of nationwide theft and coercion, the place where people vote to fund unconstitutional military excursions and extrajudicial murder overseas -- that such a place is "good" and more valuable than, as he rhetorically put it to insult all business owners, "a taco stand"?
What a dark heart. Scarborough maligns private small business owners and contemptuously claims they are less important than the Capitol, never once acknowledging that the Capitol is an idol formed from theft, that it was built and continues to operate only through the coerced expropriation of money from those owners of "mom and pop" stores including taco stands. He conflates "democracy' with a "constitutional system" even after he spent time as a Congressman and swore an oath to that "rule book," a set of rules that are supposed to constrain "democracy" (and have failed) -- and he minimizes the tragedy of 9-11.
His reckless and foolish outbursts are unprofessional and beneath contempt.
Perhaps someone should remind him that it’s operators of “taco stands” and other small businesses that, along with massive debt-spending, pay for things like his old Congressional seat.
Perhaps then he will realize that Congress is a parasite, and taco stands are far, far more ethical and essential than any political creation ever has been or ever will be.