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 GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction 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 directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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 RyanGOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism MORE (R-Wis.)] said you can’t do that,” Scarborough said on "Morning Joe." “[Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashMcCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown The 7 Republicans who voted against back pay for furloughed workers MORE (R-Mich.)] said you can’t do that. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump 2020 campaign manager hits George Conway: 'Think how bad of a husband you have to be' Trump’s polls sag amid wall fight George Conway: Nothing Trump says 'can be taken at face value' 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 McCainOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO Mark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally 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.