Scarborough sounds alarm on political 'ethnic cleansing' after Trump rally

MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughBiden to CBS reporter: 'Why, why, why, why, why?' Controversial radio host Don Imus dies at 79 Scarborough: 'Teflon Joe' Biden weathering storm amid Warren's 'political bleeding' MORE sounded alarm on Friday over what he called political “ethnic cleansing” of those who disagree with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE in the wake of the “send her back” chant that erupted from the audience at Trump's rally earlier this week in an attack on Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (D-Minn.).

“Unlike some of those Republican members of Congress, I can dismiss Donald Trump for some of the stupid things he says and I can say, ‘Well you know what, the voters are going to have their say a year from now,’” Scarborough said on the “Morning Joe" on Friday morning.

“But when thousands of Americans and the audience chant ‘send her back’ to a member of Congress because of her color, because she’s a Muslim, or, just as frightening, Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSchiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Schiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE says, ‘Oh, it’s because she doesn’t support Donald Trump,’ we are now talking about an ethnic cleansing politically of people who do not support our side,” he continued.

“If somebody that is critical of you or critical of me for suggesting that this sounded like a rally in Germany in the early 1930s, where people were chanting, ‘Send them back, send them back,’ when they were actually citizens of Germany, and in this case, citizens of the United States of America, if there is a better analogy for those who want to be critical today, I would love to hear it,” Scarborough told co-host Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiBiden to CBS reporter: 'Why, why, why, why, why?' Brzezinski on Sanders-Warren: Someone isn't telling the truth Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' MORE.


Though the anchor and former GOP congressman noted that “nobody’s being killed, nobody’s being put on trains,” he went on to add that “there is no doubt that the argument that is coming from Donald Trump, and again, more frighteningly, from the crowd chanting it, is, ‘This is a white nation, who are these black women, who are these Muslims, to tell us how to run our country.’”

Trump has been under fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for the “send her back” chants.

Trump, who was also criticized over the weekend for telling the Somali American lawmaker and three other congresswomen of color to “go back” their home countries, sought to distance himself from the controversy by disavowing the chants later on Thursday.

“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters.

When pressed about his failure to stop the chants, Trump said, "I think I did. I started speaking very quickly," though video shows him allowing it to continue for several seconds before he continued his speech. 

The House voted along party lines this week to condemn Trump's original tweets as racist.