Scarborough: 'This was Donald Trump at his worst'

"Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE’s rally in Arizona Tuesday night, saying that it was “hateful” and “frightening.”

Scarborough said on the MSNBC show Wednesday morning that Trump’s speech is a “disaster” for the country and for “his long-term political health.”

“This was Donald Trump at his worst,” Scarborough said.

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“The president follows up a scripted speech one day with an absolute disaster the next day,” Scarborough said, referencing Trump’s Arizona rally in comparison to his prime-time address on Afghanistan strategy Monday night.

“There’s no doubt this was a hateful, derisive speech,” he said. “He sounded like an autocrat trying to dehumanize his allies.”

Scarborough discussed Trump's talking points from the rally and then read a tweet from former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren policy ideas show signs of paying off Biden at campaign kickoff event: I don't have to be 'angry' to win Top Dem: Trump helps GOP erase enthusiasm gap; Ohio a big problem MORE spokesman Brian Fallon that he said he believed summed up the event.

“Trump tonight saluted a racist sheriff who is a convicted criminal and trashed a war hero who has brain cancer,” read Fallon's tweet, referencing Trump indirectly insulting Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Several factors have hindered 'next up' presidential candidates in recent years Small Florida county that backed Trump one of two targeted by Russians: reports MORE (R-Ariz.), who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

At the rally, Trump hinted that he would pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of contempt of court after he was ordered to stop racially profiling people he suspected were in the country illegally.

Scarborough also spoke on Trump’s comments on the media, as the president accused members of the media of not loving their country.

“We knew this was coming, and I’m sure many people around him on his staff knew this was coming,” Scarborough said.

In the campaign-style speech, Trump also defended his response to the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and threatened to shut down the government if he did not get funding for his proposed border wall.