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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 John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE might not be the Republican nominee for president in 2020, saying he thinks that outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyKatko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race Potential 2024 Republicans flock to Georgia amid Senate runoffs The Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump 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.”

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

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"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) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting 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.

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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 PelosiOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Hillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE (D-Calif.), who will become Speaker of the House again in January.