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Joe Scarborough: Trump Must Reject Assassination of Rivals

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By    |   Monday, 06 Feb 2017 03:18 PM

President Donald Trump must say that he is against the assassination of his rivals, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough said Monday.

Scarborough referred to a Trump interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that aired Sunday night when the president praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. O'Reilly called Putin a killer, which would Trump responded, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?"

"I suggest that somebody at the White House gets him to write a statement, a very strong statement letting the world know that he condemns the assassination of journalists and political rivals," Scarborough said.

"If Donald Trump keeps being asked to criticize Vladimir Putin for assassinating journalists, and Donald Trump refuses . . . does that suggest that he think it's OK to assassinate journalists? Does that suggest he thinks it's OK to jail political opponents, to assassinate political opponents?" the host said.

Scarborough said he did not understand how Trump could compare the U.S. with Russia, given its history under the Soviet Union.

"When you have a president of the United States preaching moral equivalency with a leader who said the greatest tragedy of the 20th century was the collapse of the Soviet Union — the Soviet Union that he worked as a KGB agent in, the Soviet Union that killed over 50 million of its own people, killed almost 10 times as many people as Adolf Hitler killed.... You just have to wonder how any president could say that about our country."

The United States does have a moral high ground to stand on, Scarborough added.

"We have fed and we have freed more people on this planet than any other country in human history. How do you compare a country whose leader assassinates journalists, a country's leader who assassinates political rivals... who jails economic rivals, who has an authoritarian regime that has put everyone on notice?"

Trump's continuing deference to Russia is confusing, the "Morning Joe" host said.

"This desire to keep preaching moral equivalency continues and it is baffling. It was disturbing enough a year ago. It is baffling now, as president of the United States, that he's still doing this."

Lawmakers in Trump's own party have also expressed their confusion about Trump's behavior toward Russia.

"I don't know what the president is trying to do with statements like he allegedly has (said) on O'Reilly.... There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom-loving nation in the history of the world and the murderous thugs that are in Putin's defense of his cronyism," Nebraska Republican Rep. Ben Sasse said on ABC News Sunday

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