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Scarborough formally leaves GOP, registers as independent

Scarborough formally leaves GOP, registers as independent
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough announced in a tweet on Thursday that he had officially registered as an independent, roughly three months after he said he was leaving the Republican Party.

"I became an independent today. Here I am holding a copy of Donald Trump's birth certificate, proving he was born in Nambia," Scarborough tweeted. 

Scarborough's tweet was making reference to Trump's past demands to see former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMullen: 'National security issues do not wait' for presidential transitions Is Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? With the Chang'e 5 launch, China takes a giant leap forward in the race to the moon MORE's birth certificate. Trump, once the leader of the so-called "birther" movement, had questioned whether Obama was actually born in the U.S. 

Scarborough's comment was also alluding to an incident in which Trump, speaking to African leaders at the United Nations in September, referenced a nonexistent country called "Nambia."

"Actually, that's the New Canaan Registrar of Voters John Amarilios after I became an unaffiliated voter," Scarborough said in a second tweet, referring to the man standing next to him in the picture. Scarborough is a resident of New Canaan, Conn.

Earlier on Thursday, Scarborough had posted a slightly different version of the initial tweet, which he soon deleted.

The TV host's announcement comes three months after he announced he was leaving the GOP during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." 

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"I am a Republican, but I'm not going to be a Republican anymore," Scarborough, who is a former Florida Republican congressman, told Colbert. 

The announcement came after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE launched a Twitter attack on "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski’s appearance, saying that she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she and Scarborough visited Trump's Mar-a-Lago club on New Year’s Eve.

Scarborough has been a vocal critic of the Republican Party in the wake of Trump's presidency. 

The host said in a tweet on Wednesday that Trump was destroying the GOP. 

 

The Republican National Committee for its part has targeted Scarborough's show, calling it “the worst case of Trump Derangement Syndrome" last May.