'Morning Joe' Slams Trump Administration for 'Frightening,' Autocratic Firing of Sally Yates

On Tuesday morning, "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough weighed in on the Trump administration's controversial decision to fire acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Having openly opposed the new administration's executive order putting an indefinite ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Yates was accused of "betraying” the Justice Department in an administration statement confirming her dismissal.


For Scarborough, this approach was terrifying.

"The word ‘betrayed,’ using the word 'betrayed' for somebody, that’s frightening,” Scarborough said. “That’s what an autocrat would use, whoever put that word in there.”

The host then noted that Trump's approach was more akin to a third world dictatorship, rather than a constitutional republic.

“There are people that can have reasonable differences without saying that, if they don’t agree with you, they’ve betrayed you,” Scarborough added. “That is frightening, chilling language, whether they had a right to do this or not… But saying somebody ‘betrayed’ the Justice Department because they don’t agree with you? Take that to Venezuela, OK? We don’t really want to use that sort of language here. It’s time for you guys to grow up.”

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