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The MSNBC morning show host tore into Trump's White House for calling Yates’s refusal to enforce the controversial executive action on immigration an act of betrayal.
“To suggest that someone acting as a conscientious objector to a law that has divided this country, would be termed as someone who has quote 'betrayed' the Justice Department — that is deeply, deeply offensive, first of all; but secondly, it is frightening that the Trump administration actually views dissent that way,” Scarborough said on “Morning Joe.”
Trump fired Yates, a President Obama appointee to the Justice Department, after she refused to have the agency defend the president’s executive order imposing a 90-day ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the U.S.
“Using the word 'betrayed' for somebody is frightening. It’s what an autocrat would use, whoever put that word in there,” Scarborough said.
The order also includes a 120-day ban on admitting refugees and an indefinite halt on admitting refugees from Syria.
In a statement announcing the firing late Monday, the Trump administration said Yates “betrayed” the government and argued she is “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
Scarborough said the language of the administration was “frightening” and “chilling.”
“But saying that somebody betrayed the Justice Department because they don’t agree with you? Take that — take that to Venezuela, OK?” he said.
“We don’t really want to use that sort of language here. It’s time for you guys to grow up. It really is time for you to grow up.”