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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Is Leaving the GOP

Former congressman tells Stephen Colbert he's fed up with party cowing to Trump
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2017 5:55 AM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2017 6:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's been a big year for MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. The Morning Joe co-anchor got engaged to fellow host Mika Brzezinski, has been in a nasty feud with President Trump, and now is leaving the Republican Party. The former GOP congressman announced it on Stephen Colbert's CBS show Tuesday night, per Mediaite. "I am a Republican, but I'm not going to be a Republican anymore," he said, adding that he'd become an independent. See the video clip here.

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The statement came in a segment during which Scarborough castigated Republican leaders for failing to stand up to President Trump, but he said the problem began before the November election. Specifically, he cited the GOP's failure to challenge candidate Trump's proposed Muslim ban. “You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do?” he added. “How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?” No response yet from Trump himself, who has dubbed the co-host "Psycho Joe." (Read more Joe Scarborough stories.)

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