|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 leftwing conspiracy theorist who hosts a show part-time on MSNBC. He served as a U.S. Representative from Florida's 1st congressional district from 1995 through 2001. He resigned when the body of a girl who worked for him, Lori Klausutis, was found dead in his congressional office. 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. Scarborough pushes wild conspiracy theories such as the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and Jeffrey Epstein's murder by Vladimir Putin. Scarborough previously had been a staunch defender and advocate for Jeffrey Epstein.
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." In December 2018, he claimed Trump was "the worst president in modern times, and perhaps ever."
After serving in the House as a RINO, Scarborough has come out of the closet as a full-fledged Leftist, bashing Republicans in agreement with MSNBC's leftist agenda. He claimed 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, and aligns himself with the extreme Left conspiracy theories and hate rhetoric of other hosts such as Al Sharpton. He seemed pleased when it was announced that liberals like Ed Schultz left the network.
Scarborough was elected during Newt Gingrich's 1994 Republican Revolution and served on the Judiciary Committee and the Armed Services Committee. Scarborough voted as a reliable conservative at the time, 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 come out openly on 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.
After a live-in courtship of many years, Scarborough married Mika Brezinski, daughter of President Jimmy Carter' National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski who masterminded arming groups affiliated with Osama bin Laden during the Soviet-Afghan War.
On July 20, 2001, at 8:10 AM, the body of Lori Klausutis was discovered on the floor of the North Fort Walton Beach office of Congressman Joe Scarborough of Florida. Klausutis was 28 years old. A video exists of Scarborough joking that he had an affair with a staff intern and had to kill her.
- Token conservative, term describing Scarborough and other media liberals posing as "conservatives"
- Donny Deutsch
- MSNBC: Clinton's Jeffrey Epstein Connection Could ‘Blow Up’ Campaign.
- 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.
- Bowden, John (December 26, 2018). Scarborough: Trump on track to be ‘worst president of modern times’. The Hill. Retrieved December 26, 2018.