Scarborough: GOP leaders privately trash Trump


MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tore into Republican leaders on Monday, saying "they are scared to death" to publicly criticize President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE when they all privately trash him.

Scarborough made his remarks on "Morning Joe" in response to a speech from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report MORE (R-Ky.) at the Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, in which McConnell said the last 16 months were the single best period for conservative values since he came to Washington. 

Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida and frequent critic of Trump, took issue with the comment, arguing that in terms of fiscal conservatism, Trump had signed the "biggest spending bill in the history of America" and a tax-cut law that would massively add to the deficit.

Scarborough also touched on the many scandals Trump has been ensnared in, including allegations that his lawyer paid off adult-film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an affair ahead of the 2016 presidential election and criticism for his response to the violent Charlottesville protests, in which Trump said white supremacists and those battling them were both to blame. 

"What also is so maddening is that [Republican leaders] are scared to death to say anything negative about Donald Trump publicly, but privately they all trash him," Scarborough added. "And Mitch McConnell, like, Mitch McConnell, the audacity to say that in front of this faith and freedom group when Mitch McConnell doesn't believe that. Nobody on Capitol Hill thinks he believes that.

"Again, the [cowardliness] shown across the hill from Republicans is really pretty staggering." 

Scarborough has relentless bashed Trump and his administration throughout his presidency. His comments about GOP leadership come the same day he called Trump's actions at the Group of Seven summit over the weekend "depressing." 

"I must say that at least for me my worst expectations were actually met this weekend at the G-7 meetings," said Scarborough. "What’s the impact on America and the world?"