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 GrahamCIA's report complicates US response to Khashoggi murder Leon Panetta’s nightmare is today's national security crisis The Hill's Morning Report — GOP victorious in Florida while Dems say `Sunbelt strategy’ looks bright for 2020 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 TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation 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 RyanPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism On The Money: Senate banking panel showcases 2020 Dems | Koch groups urge Congress not to renew tax breaks | Dow down nearly 400 | Cuomo defends Amazon HQ2 deal Koch groups: Congress shouldn't renew expired tax breaks MORE (R-Wis.)] said you can’t do that,” Scarborough said on "Morning Joe." “[Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe real winner of the 2018 midterms: individual liberty Scarborough rips Graham for saying he’ll introduce legislation to end birthright citizenship: He’s ‘degrading’ himself for Trump GOP lawmaker: Trump 'cannot amend Constitution or laws via executive order' MORE (R-Mich.)] said you can’t do that. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway: Trump is 'not afraid' to sit down with Mueller Kellyanne Conway changes Twitter bio amid media coverage of her husband's Trump criticism Conway’s husband: I’d rather move to Australia than vote for Trump 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 stokes new unlikely feud Meghan McCain: Living without father like 'some awful parallel universe' Leon Panetta’s nightmare is today's national security crisis 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.