Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough has a good thing going with these triangulated Ferguson rants, and he didn’t stop Tuesday morning, criticizing St. Louis Rams players and a handful of Democratic lawmakers for various “hands up, don’t shoot” gestures.
“The St. Louis Rams think it’s cool for them to suggest that St. Louis cops shoot young black men who had their hands up in the air, when we know that that was a lie?” Scarborough wondered, possibly rhetorically.
“It’s a lie! And what was that gesture on Capitol Hill? More people like going, ‘it doesn’t matter whether it’s the truth or not, I’m going to suggest cops shoot people with their hands up in the air.’ What is wrong with this country? What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with these elected officials? They know it’s a lie! They know the cops didn’t shoot him with his hands in the air! They know it’s a lie and they are doing this on the Capitol floor? Unbelievable.”
Scarborough then said the lawmakers might as well have been protesting the alien abduction of Michael Brown. Mika Brzezinski’s face after the rant was approximately, “Welp, that’s over with.”
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Cohost Mika Brzezinski asked Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson whether he was providing a specific, perhaps untruthful answer to avoid offending people.
“I don’t believe there’s anything in the record, certainly not in the forensic evidence, that precludes the possibility that he had his hands up at some point when he was approaching the officer,” Robinson said.
“That’s an awfully low standard,” cohost Joe Scarborough replied. “There’s also no evidence that doesn’t suggest a flying saucer from Venus swooped over all of them. There’s no evidence that it’s precluded, Gene. I’m not being difficult. I’m just saying the truth actually does matter.”
“I think it’s a very uncomfortable question for you, Gene,” Brzezinski said. “Because if you say no, there’s no evidence his hands up, you’re probably insulting a lot of people. Do you feel uncomfortable with the question?”
The Pulitzer Prize winner did not seem to appreciate this implication. “No, I don’t feel uncomfortable,” he said. “There’s no evidence that his hands were never up, and there are people who say that they were.”
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