Former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC host Joe Scarborough blasted President Donald Trump on Monday morning in a scathing tweet, saying that the president spends “taxpayers’ money like a drunken socialist.”
The “Morning Joe” host was responding to a tweet from conservative editor Jay Caruso who pointed out that the “farm rescue is now more than twice as expensive as the 2009 auto industry bailout, which ultimately cost taxpayers $12 billion.”
Scarborough wrote that “Trump owns the biggest federal debt ever, the biggest pork-barreled budget ever, the most bloated, expensive government ever, the biggest tariff tax hike ever, and the biggest socialist farm payoff scheme ever.”
He added that “Trump spends taxpayers’ money like a drunken socialist.”
Trump owns the biggest federal debt ever, the biggest pork-barreled budget ever, the most bloated, expensive government ever, the biggest tariff tax hike ever, and the biggest Socialist farm payoff scheme ever.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 2, 2019
Trump spends taxpayers’ money like a drunken socialist. #Socialism https://t.co/Ok76kC6SgJ
Trump’s farm bailout is a serious problem that has been costly for the American taxpayers, even if it’s gone largely unreported — unlike Obama’s bailout of American automakers, which seemed to spend weeks in the news.
In late November, Reason reported that the Department of Agriculture has spent over $10 billion bailing out farmers who are hurt by Trump’s trade war. As Trump has put tariffs on Chinese goods, China has stopped taking in American agricultural products, which has crippled farmers and forced the government to come in and cut checks.
Though Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski were allies of the president during much of his campaign, Scarborough left the Republican Party in late 2017 and formally registered as an independent.
Over the past few years, Scarborough has been hugely critical of Trump. In late 2018, he declared that Trump “is on track to be the worst president in modern times.”
Scarborough has also been critical of other Republicans who have been unwilling to stand up to Trump. Earlier this year, he said that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) “sold his political soul” because the South Carolina lawmaker was worried about his own re-election.