MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough Friday declared his Republican Party is "going straight to hell politically" over the "lies" it has been telling concerning President Donald Trump's budget blueprint and the deep cuts it seeks.
"Why do the Republicans keep looking in cameras and lying?" Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida, said while discussing a Thursday argument on Capitol Hill between Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney.
"Who do they think is stupid enough that [they] can't read the numbers in The Wall Street Journal?"
On Thursday, Sanders demanded to know why the Trump administration thinks the Walton family, owners of the WalMart empire, need a "$52 billion tax break" that it would receive through the repeal of the estate tax called for in the budget plan.
"You're basing that assertion on the only tax deal we have in the budget," Mulvaney replied, asserting that "ordinary people are doing more."
"Ordinary people don't have the wealth of $132 billion," Sanders told him. "You're not answering the question. Answer the question. The wealthiest family in America gets a $52 billion tax break as a result of the repeal of the estate tax. Tell the American people why you think that's good when you cut Medicaid and programs for kids."
Mulvaney denied the cuts would be to Medicaid, but instead "we're talking about repealing Obamacare." He also disputed a Congressional Budget Office report that said that under the current version of the American Healthcare Act, 23 million people could lose their health insurance by 2026.
Scarborough termed Mulvaney's claim on Medicaid, calling it a "certified lie."
"You can debate the 23 million number, you really can," Scarborough said. "But $850 billion is real. Those are real cuts. Why does he keep lying?"
Further, he slammed people calling the information "fake news."
"You can't call this fake news if you're a conservative," he said. "It's very clear you're cutting $850 billion in Medicaid for the poorest of the poor. If you want to do it, embrace it. Don't lie about it. Stop lying about it. We know you're lying about it. We're not stupid, and you Republicans in the House have been lying non-stop about what you're not going to cut and who is not going to lose health coverage."
Scarborough continued that lying is a core part of political culture, but that doesn't make it right.
"I understand that [President] Donald Trump lies all the time," he said. "And you're thinking he got away with it, right, so you can get away with lying. You can't."
He compared the lies to those told by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.
"Bill Clinton somehow survived being a liar and lying every day," said Scarborough. "Hillary couldn't. You can't. Stop with the coarsening of political culture."
Republicans, he continued, have embraced the culture "where the truth means absolutely nothing. Conservative values mean absolutely nothing."
He also complained that Republicans are following Trump even if it means turning the United States' back on its traditional allies.
"Our traditional allies that have stood by us shoulder to shoulder, bleeding and dying, scaling the cliffs of Normandy to free a continent, that means nothing to these people," said Scarborough.
"They will embrace Vladimir Putin and Russia if Donald Trump does. Again, I know Democrats don't like me saying this, but this guy was a Democrat his entire life until he discovered birtherism in 2011 . . .
"Why do you sell your soul, and not just your political soul, you are selling your soul if you just keep lying about things that you know are not true?"
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