President Donald Trump's continued and absurd escalation of his nuclear bluffs against North Korea has accomplished at least one positive thing. On Friday morning's “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough was forced to admit that Hillary Clinton was right about Donald Trump.
Scarborough played a brief clip from the third presidential debate, in which Hillary said Trump “has been very cavalier, even casual about the use of nuclear weapons,” only to be interrupted by a blustering “Wrong!” from Trump.
But even more amazingly, after Scarborough admitted Clinton was right, he spoke with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who is days removed from praising Trump's threats, and Kinzinger told Scarborough that it's time for Trump to get “serious,” and return to Washington to deal with the crisis he's created:
So initially, I don't have a problem with the president stepping up his rhetoric. I wouldn't have said fire and fury, you know, I would not have done what he did in terms of those exact words, but I think increased rhetoric, after 25 years of diplomatic talk that got us a basically nuclear North Korea.
Where my issue is right now is this is a serious moment, and you know, I was at an event yesterday and I was talking to a couple that literally, I'm not even, joking, they canceled their trip to Hawaii because they are afraid they're going to get nuked by North Korea.
This is a moment where the president needs to be very serious, and it's sometimes tough, be very serious to outweigh the issue that is going on with North Korea, where they are, why it's in America's interest. I actually think an Oval Office address might be very beneficial. And say look, you don't have to lose sleep at night because we can defend ourselves against this, but the problem is not where we are today, it's where we could be in 6 months or a year.
What's extraordinary about that is that over on CNN, at exactly the same time, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was making the identical suggestion that Trump get serious, and get back to Washington, D.C.
I suppose it's a good thing that Scarborough only played a few seconds of Hillary's remarks about Trump and nukes, because the rest of it was terrifying, given where we are right now:
CLINTON: I find it ironic that he’s raising nuclear weapons. This is a person who has been very cavalier, even casual about the use of nuclear weapons. He’s...
CLINTON: ...advocated more countries getting them, Japan, Korea, even Saudi Arabia. He said, well, if we have them, why don’t we use them, which I think is terrifying.
But here’s the deal. The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed. There’s about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so. And that’s why 10 people who have had that awesome responsibility have come out and, in an unprecedented way, said they would not trust Donald Trump with the nuclear codes or to have his finger on the nuclear button.
Certainly paints a picture, doesn't it?
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