Scarborough calls Buttigieg 'the future of the Democratic Party'

MSNBC’s Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughPelosi refers to McConnell as 'Moscow Mitch' Scarborough criticized for retweeting account claiming 'no way' Epstein's death was suicide Trump hits MSNBC's Donny Deutsch over new TV show MORE called South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE “the future of the Democratic Party” following the presidential candidate’s Sunday town hall on Fox News.

"I've seen the future of the Democratic Party, and it's Mayor Pete,” Scarborough said Monday, paraphrasing rock critic Jon Landau’s remarks about Bruce Springsteen in the mid-70s. “It may not be in 2020, perhaps it’s in 2024 or beyond, but this guy is going to play an important role in the mainstreaming of the Democratic Party for many years to come.”

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Buttigieg received frequent applause during the Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceDemocrats point to Trump rhetoric on immigration in wake of two mass shootings Buttigieg addresses backlash after police shooting: 'The badge has a history' Top aide: China must end 'Seven Deadly Sins' to stop trade war MORE–moderated event Sunday evening, during which he defended appearing on the network even as the Democratic National Committee and fellow presidential candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties Conservative commentator rips Shapiro over criticism of people with multiple jobs MORE (D-Calif.) have eschewed appearing on the network.

"There are a lot of Americans who my party can’t blame if they are ignoring our message because they will never hear it if we don’t go on and talk about it," Buttigieg said Sunday.

“That’s why, whether it’s going into the viewership of Fox News or geographically, it’s going into places where Democrats haven’t been seen much. I think we've got to find people where they are, not change our values, but update our vocabulary so we’re truly connecting with Americans from coast to coast," he said.

Scarborough’s co-host Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiBrzezinski fires back at Trump after he lashes out at 'Morning Joe': 'I'm sad and disgusted' Trump rips Scarborough, Brzezinski: 'Morning Joe & Psycho ratings have really crashed' Scarborough implores Democrats: Go hard after Trump or he'll win in 2020 MORE previously urged Warren, who called Fox News a “hate-for-profit racket,” to participate in a forum with the network.

“I would argue that a presidential candidate should be able to walk into any situation, walk into any fire, and have the confidence and the ability to put it out by spreading the Democratic values and his or her beliefs,” Brzezinski said last week. “And I think they should go into Fox and do all the town halls they can do because Fox, you could argue, is smart to be doing these."

The "Morning Joe" team hosted Buttigieg in March, soon after the candidate launched his exploratory committee. After his appearance on the show, Scarborough compared the response to the Democratic rising star to former President Obama.