MSNBC’s Morning Joe laughs at Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham for whining about failed plot to 'trash the economy'

MSNBC’s Morning Joe laughs at Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham for whining about failed plot to 'trash the economy'
Image via Screengrab (Joe Scarborough // MSNBC)

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough openly mocked Donald Trump and his Senate allies for bellyaching after their plan to wreck the economy flopped.

The twice-impeached one-term president, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), groused on Fox News and the Senate floor that GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell had taken a deal with the Democratic majority to allow a vote to lift the debt ceiling until December, and the "Morning Joe" host laughed out loud at their complaints.

"Oh, my god," Scarborough said, laughing. "You know, that's the Capitol of the United States, where serious stuff is supposed to happen, right? But it hasn't been happening. It hasn't been happening because there's this group, they don't understand. They're talking about your retirement savings, something -- I'm not talking about a portion of your retirement savings, I'm talking about your entire retirement account ... Your entire retirement accounts, the U.S. economy, your job, America's standing in the world, the supremacy of communist China over the United States of America, that's what those guys actually were playing with. They think that's a game. These comments are just incredibly revealing."

If the GOP minority had succeeded in blocking a vote on the debt ceiling, Scarborough said they would have "set fire" to the U.S. economy by forcing a default -- but he would expect someone like Trump to understand the gravity of that scenario. "Republicans are less responsible with deficits and debt than anybody," Scarborough said. "Donald trump ran up the biggest debt in the history of the United States when he was in office. What did Mitch McConnell and the Republicans say? Of course, we're going to raise the debt ceiling. If we don't do it, it will trash the economy. It's the responsible thing to do. What did Mitch start saying a couple weeks ago? We have to do it, we have to raise the debt ceiling, but we're not going to do it.Ted Cruz is not going to do it, Lindsey Graham is not going to do it. Donald Trump from Mar-A-Lago, I mean, the guy never pays any of his debts anyway. How many times has he gone bankrupt? Republicans are listening to a guy who went bankruptcy what -- this guy, the New York Times got ahold of his tax returns over a decade. What did they find? Over the course of a decade, no U.S. taxpayer had ever lost as much money in the history of the United States of America as Donald Trump, and this is what they're listening to."

10 08 2021 06 00 35


Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.