Scarborough rips Graham for saying he’ll introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship: He’s ‘degrading’ himself for Trump

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough early Wednesday ripped Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims MORE's plan to introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship, saying it is another example of the South Carolina Republican "degrading" himself for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE

"He came out and was excited that Trump was going to amend the Constitution with an executive order which, of course, even [Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHead of top hedge fund association to step down Romney knocks Trump over McCain criticism Paul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation MORE (R-Wis.)] said you can’t do that,” Scarborough said on "Morning Joe." “[Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP lawmaker tells party to 'do better' after O'Rourke St. Patrick's Day post The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Trump: I told Republicans to vote for 'transparency' in releasing Mueller report MORE (R-Mich.)] said you can’t do that. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump doesn't share values of Jewish community, says Dem Jewish advocate Kellyanne Conway defends Trump: Husband isn't a psychiatrist Trump: George Conway 'a whack job' MORE’s husband, said you can’t do that.”


Scarborough also wondered what the University of South Carolina thinks of Graham. 

“What do they think that a guy that graduated from their program really thinks that you can tear up the 14th Amendment by signing an executive order?” he asked, before saying that he doesn't believe Graham really thinks an executive order could change the Constitution. 

"But it just shows you how shameful he has become in John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE’s passing and how stupid Donald Trump thinks the American people are,” he said, referring to the late Arizona Republican senator. “It is a clear call to racists to come out and vote for his candidates.”

Scarborough's comments came a day after Axios published Trump’s comments regarding birthright citizenship. In an interview, the president said that he planned to end the practice of granting the right to citizenship to children born in the U.S. to noncitizens.

"You can definitely do it with an act of Congress," Trump said in the interview, which is set to air in full on Nov. 4. "But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order." 

Attempting to end birthright citizenship could lead to a legal battle before the Supreme Court over the 14th Amendment, which declares: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

Many GOP and Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump over his comments. 

But Graham said that he was prepared to introduce legislation "along the same lines as the proposed executive order" from Trump.

"Finally, a president willing to take on this absurd policy of birthright citizenship. I’ve always supported comprehensive immigration reform — and at the same time — the elimination of birthright citizenship," Graham tweeted. 

Congress will return to session on Nov. 13, one week after the midterm elections.