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 GrahamSenate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions Trump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 RyanDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas MORE (R-Wis.)] said you can’t do that,” Scarborough said on "Morning Joe." “[Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Amash: 'Bolton never should have been hired' MORE (R-Mich.)] said you can’t do that. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' 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 McCainAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema 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.