Joe Scarborough Keeps Up Broadside Against GOP With Washington Post Op-Ed

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The 'Morning Joe' co-host announced last week that he's leaving the party and becoming an independent.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, who once had a friendly relationship with President Donald Trump, has emerged in recent days and weeks as one of the fiercest critics of the president and of the party that stands by him.

"President Trump’s Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution," he wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post published online Sunday evening.

In an appearance last week on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Scarborough announced to a somewhat-surprised audience that he's leaving the Republican Party and formally registering as an independent.

Last Wednesday, he and his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski appeared at a Harvard University event in Washington, D.C. He said he had been thinking about leaving the party for a long time.

"I’m a conservative with a small 'c,'" the former Florida congressman said. "There’s nothing conservative about this party."

He expanded on his decision to leave the party in Sunday's op-ed, titled "Trump Is Killing the Republican Party."

"Last week’s Russia revelations show just how shamelessly Republican lawmakers will stand by a longtime Democrat who switched parties after the promotion of a racist theory about Barack Obama gave him standing in Lincoln’s once-proud party," Scarborough wrote. "Neither Lincoln, William Buckley nor Ronald Reagan would recognize this movement."

He also predicted the end of the two-party system in U.S. politics, arguing that Trump "will break the Republican Party into pieces — and lead to the election of independent thinkers no longer tethered to the tired dogmas of the polarized past."

Describing his long, off-and-on relationship with Trump, at the event last Wednesday, Scarborough said, "At the end of the day, I just couldn’t defend them anymore, after 20 to 25 years of this."

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