Joe Scarborough: ‘Trump is encouraging’ domestic terrorists

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE during his Thursday morning show, saying Trump is “encouraging” the kind of behavior that led to threats of domestic terrorism.

“It’s exactly what Donald Trump is encouraging,” Scarborough, a former GOP representative of Florida, said Thursday on his “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC.


Scarborough was referring to reports that came out Wednesday that U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson made a hit list of prominent Democratic lawmaker and notable media personalities, including Scarborough.

“We’ve all known that Donald Trump and his words and his attacks about enemies of the people would lead to this type of behavior,” Scarborough said. “This is now the second time that we know about, from the pipe bombs to yesterday, but yesterday was obviously far more specific, far more dangerous. And you know, it’s exactly what Donald Trump is encouraging.”

Hasson was arrested last week and charged with attempting to carry out a mass terror attack. Federal investigators found a stash of weapons and ammunition at his Maryland home.

Scarborough and Trump have dueled often publicly, with Trump taking shots at him on Twitter and Scarborough using his show to rip into Trump and his rhetoric.

Trump has repeatedly referred to the mainstream media as “fake news” and has referred to news outlets as the “enemy of the people.”

Last fall, a Florida man was arrested for mailing 13 homemade pipe bombs to prominent Democrats including former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE and CNN.