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 GrahamDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports 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 TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants 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 RyanOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Paul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination Judd Gregg: Honey, I Shrunk The Party MORE (R-Wis.)] said you can’t do that,” Scarborough said on "Morning Joe." “[Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (R-Mich.)] said you can’t do that. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states 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 McCainAdvice for fellow Democrats: Don't count out Biden, don't fear a brokered convention McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad Eleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix 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.