Joe Scarborough Announces He Is Leaving Republican Party

Posted July 13, 2017

"Inexplicable", the "Morning Joe" host agreed, adding it was "well before Donald Trump was elected president that my party has betrayed their core values". Colbert asked Scarborough if he is a Republican, and Scarborough said he will no longer identify himself with the party.

"Time and time and time again they turned the other way", he said.

In retaliation for the President's comments, the "Morning Joe" co-hosts published they called the president's allegations false and offensive and said that they "have noticed a change in his behavior over the past few years". "Let me say this to my Republican Party: You are letting Donald Trump destroy the party". You didn't have Republicans coming out saying, 'I could never support for Donald Trump because he is racist.' They would have a thousand other excuses why. You can't blame Scarborough for what his co-host Mika Brzezinski says about the president, but he is sometimes identified with her positions.

"I'm not going to be a Republican anymore".

Colbert asked Brzezinski and Scarborough why they thought Trump Jr. tweeted out the emails.

The news comes two weeks after POTUS, 70, slammed Scarborough, 54, and Mika Brzezinski, who got engaged in May, via Twitter.

'...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me.

When Colbert asked the former congressman what he made of the Republican Party's seemingly unwavering support for the current President, Scarborough did not mince words.

Then Scarborough played some rock music, finally free of the restrictive GOP. "That's not a party that Ronald Regan could associate with, certainly not a party I can associate with", Scarborough said.

A source close to the book deal told us, "This was being discussed before the Trump remarks were made, and that incident did not have any effect on the deal itself or the subject matter for the books". Hannity has been trying to destroy that premise by arguing that Scarborough is really just another liberal on MSNBC and that Republicans should not think of him as one of their own.