|U.S. Representative from Florida's 1st District|
From: January 3, 1995 – September 5, 2001
|Party||Independent (formerly Republican)|
|Spouse(s)||Melanie Hinton (div.)|
Charles Joseph "Joe" Scarborough (born April 9, 1963) is a liberal who hosts a show on MSNBC. He served as a Republican U.S. Representative from Florida's 1st congressional district from 1995 through 2001, before resigning to spend more time with his family. He went on to host MSNBC's Morning Joe and The Joe Scarborough Show on ABC Radio Network. Previously he hosted "Scarborough Country" in primetime on MSNBC.
Since being on MSNBC, Scarborough has moved from being conservative to the Left on most issues including bashing Republicans and agreeing with most MSNBC liberal analysts/anchors. He claims to be a conservative on the show, often touting his supposed credentials within the GOP and the ACU rating he received while in Congress before he worked for MSNBC. He calls himself a conservative but frequently bashes conservative principles and people. His stance on gun control shifted drastically and now Scarborough is a firm supporter of new laws restricting gun ownership. To be fair, he is the most conservative host and most conservative MSNBC commentator. Nonetheless, he is at best a centrist and at worst a left-of-center host, but he is still not of the extreme Left as other hosts such as Al Sharpton. He did, however, seem pleased when it was announced that liberals like Ed Schultz left the network.
Scarborough was first elected during Newt Gingrich's 1994 Republican Revolution and served on the Judiciary Committee and the Armed Services Committee. Like most freshman Republicans in the 104th Congress, Scarborough was a reliable conservative, earning a 95% rating from the American Conservative Union. After leaving Congress he joined the law firm of Beggs and Lane. In recent years Scarborough has shifted sharply to the Left and has been critical of conservative leaders such as Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Glenn Beck. "We have not been conservative as a party, we've been radical." His 2009 book The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise, which was highly promoted on left-leaning media outlets, was unsuccessful in book sales.
Scarborough called for U.S. President Donald Trump to resign in 2017, in line with anti-Trump liberals (although he did call out other liberals reporting fake news about Trump earlier, although this is likely just a pretense to make him look balanced). He also defended CNN after a damaging scandal in which it promoted a retracted anti-Trump fake news story in order to increase its ratings. In July 2017, Scarborough showed how liberal he had become by finally leaving the GOP. He made this switch official on October 12, 2017. In 2017, Scarborough responded to a false story by The Hill by saying that "despite the stupidity of my former party, there is no inner liberal inside of me. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) My party just went bats*** crazy." In July 2018, he stated that the GOP "no longer deserves to survive."
- Token conservative, term describing Scarborough and other media liberals posing as conservatives
- Chumley, Cheryl K. (June 6, 2017). Joe Scarborough’s deranged case for Trump to go. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
- Bowden, Joe (June 27, 2017). Scarborough defends CNN against Trump: CNN 'has more integrity'. The Hill. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
- Multiple references:
- Siegel, Josh (July 11, 2017). Joe Scarborough announces he is leaving Republican Party. Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- Joe Scarborough, host of ‘Morning Joe,’ explains move to leave GOP. The Washington Times. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Hanchett, Ian (July 11, 2017). Scarborough: ‘I’m Not Going To Be a Republican Anymore’. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Chumley, Cheryl M. (July 12, 2017). Joe Scarborough — gasp! — exiting GOP, stage right. The Washington Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Multiple references:
- Leach, Katie (October 12, 2017). Joe Scarborough officially leaves the Republican Party. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
- Manchester, Julia (October 12, 2017). Scarborough formally leaves GOP, registers as independent. The Hill. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
- Rodriguez, Katherine (October 12, 2017). MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Leaves Republican Party, Registers as Independent. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
- Beck, Conor (November 28, 2017). Joe Scarborough Slams ‘The Hill’ for False Story. The Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- Wise, Justin (July 20, 2018). Scarborough: GOP ‘no longer deserves to survive’. The Hill. Retrieved July 20, 2018.