Joe Scarborough says the Republican Party has "shattered its brand."
The MSNBC television host on Thursday said GOP presidential debates have become embarrassing compared to Democratic debates.
“The contrast is absolutely staggering, and as a Republican, I’ve got to tell you it’s extraordinarily depressing,” Scarborough said.
He said the Republican debates “focus on the size of hands, personal insults, the size of — suggestions about the size of body parts that we won’t even mention on this morning news show."
Scarborough said the GOP performs "on a fifth-grade level" nationally, adding that it sends "one clown after another clown after another clown up on the national stage and tarnishes the Republican brand in the way that they have for years now."
“It remains one of the great mysteries of this Republican Party that is, again, dominant on every level and yet humiliates themselves every four years in debates on the national stage.”
The "Morning Joe" host added that he wasn't just referring to front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCohn: People 'wasting time' calling for Trump's tax returns Overnight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Bush ethics lawyer: Trump should strip Flynn of military title MORE.
"I'm talking about Sarah Palin types, Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE types, Herman Cain types that run around yelling 9-9-9 every four years,” he said.
"The Republicans that run this country, from governor’s mansions and from state legislatures, just never seem to break through in this primary process. Something is deeply wrong with the way Republicans select their nominee every four years.”