Scarborough faces backlash after tweet decrying young men playing video games
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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is facing backlash over a tweet that unfavorably compared young men who "stay home playing video games" to those who served in the military during World War II.

“Young men in the 1940s liberated Europe from Nazism and the Pacific from the Japanese Empire. Today, too many stay home playing video games,” Scarborough wrote in a tweet.

It was a follow-up tweet to an earlier message that criticized smartphone culture.


“Our smartphone culture impacts young men in the most profound way. It is often younger women who suffer the most,” he tweeted.

Scarborough's tweet came under immediate criticism from people who said it was a good thing that fewer young people are dying in wars. 

Scarborough later defended his tweet in a series of messages, first writing that soldiers fighting in the U.S.’s current wars are “A narrow slice of the best and bravest among us. Unfortunately, the trend lines of overall society are not as promising. We have work to do.”