Scarborough: 'This was Donald Trump at his worst'

"Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE’s rally in Arizona Tuesday night, saying that it was “hateful” and “frightening.”

Scarborough said on the MSNBC show Wednesday morning that Trump’s speech is a “disaster” for the country and for “his long-term political health.”

“This was Donald Trump at his worst,” Scarborough said.

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“The president follows up a scripted speech one day with an absolute disaster the next day,” Scarborough said, referencing Trump’s Arizona rally in comparison to his prime-time address on Afghanistan strategy Monday night.

“There’s no doubt this was a hateful, derisive speech,” he said. “He sounded like an autocrat trying to dehumanize his allies.”

Scarborough discussed Trump's talking points from the rally and then read a tweet from former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE spokesman Brian Fallon that he said he believed summed up the event.

“Trump tonight saluted a racist sheriff who is a convicted criminal and trashed a war hero who has brain cancer,” read Fallon's tweet, referencing Trump indirectly insulting Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report GOP lawmaker renews call for Trump to release tax returns after Putin summit House conservatives criticize media, not Trump, for Putin furor MORE (R-Ariz.), who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

At the rally, Trump hinted that he would pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of contempt of court after he was ordered to stop racially profiling people he suspected were in the country illegally.

Scarborough also spoke on Trump’s comments on the media, as the president accused members of the media of not loving their country.

“We knew this was coming, and I’m sure many people around him on his staff knew this was coming,” Scarborough said.

In the campaign-style speech, Trump also defended his response to the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and threatened to shut down the government if he did not get funding for his proposed border wall.