Scarborough Compares Ferguson Protesters to Defenders of Zimmerman

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 10.56.26 AMJoe Scarborough apparently “can’t take it anymore.” The host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe went on a 5-minute rant this morning criticizing a pre-game demonstration yesterday in which several St. Louis Rams took the field with their hands held up in solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

“They might as well have come out with a flying saucer attached on all their heads in solidarity of Michael Brown being transported to Venus on a flying saucer,” said Scarborough, “because that happened as much as that happened. And that’s according to grand jury testimony, that’s according to witnesses. They are using his accomplice in the robbery that was with him at the time, who also claimed that Michael Brown was shot in the back. And for some reason, the media attaches to these narratives that will stir up further protests, and I gotta say I just got to a tipping point this weekend.”

He then went on to discuss his frustration with the coverage of a story in which a 12 year old boy with a toy gun was shot and killed by police in Cleveland. Referring to a New York Times video header reading ‘Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shot Boy in 2 Seconds,’ Scarborough said, “I don’t know exactly who puts those, attaches those, but we’re doing such a grave disservice to police officers in this country by pushing a narrative. That they are just going around looking to shoot and kill black people.”

Donny Deutsch attempts to intercede, “Joe…” However, Scarborough continues, “And somebody needs to tell me… Somebody needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression. I see a reverse of what happened with Trayvon, where right wingers clinged to this nasty, thuggish guy that chased a young black man through a neighborhood, simply because he was black. Trayvon was guilty of walking while being black. And my right wing nut-job friends, all embrace George Zimmerman, a thug. If you don’t think he’s a thug, ask the women who lived with him, he’s a thug. And right-wingers embraced George Zimmerman as a hero. And in so doing, they humiliated themselves. There are so many people to embrace as heroes in the black community, that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy that knocked over a convenience store, and then according to grand jury testimony acted in ways that would get my children shot… on Staten Island or in Queens or in Brooklyn. That’s your hero?”

Scarborough finally ends his tirade, “Donny, I’m sorry. This Ram thing was the final straw for me. I have sat here quietly and listened to BS being spewed all over this network and all over other networks. I can’t take it anymore.”

Watch the rant in its entirety below.

Publish date: December 1, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT