Gov. Rick Scott Cut Off on 'Morning Joe' After Refusing to Answer Whether Muslims Hate America
"Can you answer the question, or should we scoot?"
On Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott was a guest on Morning Joe, ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday. He was asked two questions before he was cut off for not answering.
"I'm not endorsing before the Republican primary," said Scott, when asked whom he would support. "I trust the voters. They'll make a good decision."
Host Joe Scarborough then asked if he would tell Donald Trump to take back his statement that Islam hates America.
"Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?" asked Scarborough.
"Well, as you know, in Florida we're the best melting pot in the world. We love everybody coming to our state," said Scott, then moving on to talk about how he opposed letting Syrian refugees who aren't fully vetted into Florida.
Undeterred, Scarborough repeated his question. "I'm just asking, generally, do you think that Muslims hate Americans, that Islam hates America, as Donald Trump said last night?"
"Well, I can tell you what's going on in Florida," Scott said, before Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski interrupted him, demanding he answer the question. When he started saying "We have a lot of Muslims that live in our state," Brzezinski could be heard saying, "Wrap it."
"That's not answering any questions," said Brzezinski when Scott continued about Florida's melting pot. She repeated his name continuously before adding, "I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward, but can you answer the question, or should we scoot?"
When he didn't answer, Brzezinski thanked him and cut to a commercial.