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Scarborough to Dems: Plan 2020 'campaign against Donald Trump, but expect' to run against Nikki Haley

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday repeated his theory that President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE might not be the Republican nominee for president in 2020, saying he thinks that outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyTrump critics push new direction for GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE could be the opponent Democrats should be preparing for in their bid to take back the White House.

“If I were actually wargaming this, I would tell everybody thinking about running, plan your campaign against Donald Trump, but expect to be running against Nikki Haley. You have to think that way.”

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Scarborough's co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, said the thought was “interesting” while co-host Willie Geist said, “We'll see.” 

"I like it," added Brzezinski.

Scarborough, a frequent critic of Trump, has often stated that he thinks Trump will either not seek a second term because of the Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE investigation or, if he does run for reelection, could be challenged in a GOP primary, possibly to Haley, who is leaving her U.N. post at the end of the year.

“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?” Scarborough wrote in a Washington Post op-ed in April.

Polls have shown that Haley has widespread popularity among Republicans and Democrats.

A Quinnipiac poll from April, for example, found that 55 percent of Democrats approved of Haley's job performance as U.N. ambassador, with 75 percent of Republicans approving.

The Democratic number was the same as the percentage that approved of Democratic House leader Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Lawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats House Republican: 'Absolutely bogus' for GOP to downplay Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.), who will become Speaker of the House again in January.