The United States and its republic has survived any number of "fill-in-the-blank" events, and it will survive Donald Trump's candidacy for the White House, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Friday morning.
"I'm an old man and I've heard it all before," Scarborough said on his "Morning Joe" program. "Why is this time different than all the other million times from World War I to the Depression to World War II? ... The country is going to survive this."
Scarborough said he and show co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist have been on the show for nine years, and during times of crisis, people are always asking, "Are we gonna be OK?"
"The answer is, yeah, we're going to be fine," said Scarborough, noting he's been in public life for 25 years, and every time, there are claims that during whatever the current crisis is, people believe "this time is more urgent now than ever before."
Scarborough said that on Thursday, one day after Trump commented at the final presidential debate that he would maintain "suspense" over whether he'd accept the outcome of next month's election, he finally turned off his laptop, got off his phone, and "started listening to the Beatles."
"It got so crazy yesterday," he said. "On the left you had everybody freaking out, saying that Donald Trump is basically destroying the sacrosanct pillars of democracy and we would never survive this.
"I'm so sick and tired of Republicans, 'We will not survive Bill Clinton,' and then Democrats, 'We will not survive Dick Cheney,' and then Republicans, 'We will not survive Barack Obama,'" said Scarborough. "We will survive a couple more weeks of Donald Trump. People need to just stop freaking out."
Rick Tyler, former communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, commented he believes the fears come for many reasons, including the "danger of having Donald Trump represent the Republican Party as its titular head [and if it] will cause more long-term damage. The parties are splitting now and it's question is going to survive after this election."
But Scarborough said Trump won't likely be a traditional titular party head if he wins.
"He's gonna be playing a lot of golf in Scotland and driving around in his Rolls Royce," said Scarborough, and he won't be "slogging around to Iowa in February."
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