MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE, predicts that Trump won’t run for reelection in 2020.
In an op-ed published late last week in The Washington Post, Scarborough writes that GOP lawmakers are “baffled” by Trump’s future.
“Republican politicians seem just as baffled by the reality TV star’s future as they were the day he first launched this publicity stunt gone wildly wrong,” he writes.
The “Morning Joe” co-host notes that several GOP lawmakers, including Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (Texas) and retiring Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her MORE (Tenn.), have sidestepped questions about whether or not they would support a Trump reelection bid.
He blames GOP leaders for “marching alongside a bumbling bigot” rather than standing up to Trump, tearing into them as “lap dogs” and "morally enfeebled enablers.”
But, Scarborough, a former Florida GOP congressman who left the party last year, writes that “Republicans on Capitol Hill can relax” because “it’s becoming clear” that Trump will not run in 2020 due to the swirling legal issues surrounding his close allies, including family members and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Scarborough points to recent reports that Trump’s legal team is preparing for Cohen to “flip” on the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors.
He also writes that the recent FBI raid of Cohen’s office “has stirred more fear and loathing inside White House offices than at any time since President Richard Nixon battled Watergate prosecutors in the summer of 1973.”
Instead, Scarborough suggests that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyUS rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees MORE should run, after she pushed back when Trump’s economic adviser suggested she was confused when she said more Russia sanctions were planned.
“With all due respect, I do not get confused,” Haley said.
Scarborough praised Haley, the former South Carolina governor, for that statement, writing that she proves she will not “allow herself to be humiliated” by Trump, unlike others close to him.
“How wonderful would it be for our daughters to see this woman — this daughter of immigrants — take a debate stage to coldly cut the Donald down to size, revealing to the world once and for all that this bloated emperor has no clothes?” he wrote.