On the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough suggested that President Donald Trump did more damage to the country than those attacks.
“The gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image,” he said in a Washington Post op-ed on Tuesday.
My Latest—> Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could. https://t.co/DEnYurEFmW
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) September 11, 2018
Scarborough argued that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks substantially changed the United States' trajectory and led to profligate spending.
He suggested that the aftermath of Sept. 11 led to Trump, “a man who has savaged America’s vital alliances, provided comfort to hostile foreign powers, attacked our intelligence and military communities, and lent a sympathetic ear to neo-Nazis and white supremacists across the globe.”
After citing a Time Magazine writer who said America was an “idea,” Scarborough suggested voters should avoid hurting that idea by opposing Trump's agenda.
“The question for voters this fall,” he said, “is whether their country will move beyond this troubled chapter in history or whether they will continue supporting a politician who has done more damage to the dream of America than any foreign adversary ever could.”
Scarborough's description of Trump sharply contrasted with the president's stated goal to “Make America Great Again.” It also prompted some intense criticism from those on the right:
This is sick. This is deranged. Joe Scarborough should hang his disturbed head in shame and he should resign from public life forever after this shameful analogy. This coward is an embarrassment to himself, his network, and anyone who claims him. https://t.co/RsBWg1Q8t5
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) September 11, 2018
No matter your opinion on who is in the White House, this is grotesque. Stop. https://t.co/fI3XT4Gjcb
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 11, 2018
“This is deranged. Joe Scarborough should hang his disturbed head in shame and he should resign from public life forever,” former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said.