MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough likened President Donald Trump to the late Alabama Democratic segregationist governor and presidential contender George Wallace on Thursday during a segment with network host Al Sharpton, who has made disparaging comments in the past about Jews.
Scarborough and Sharpton were discussing the administration’s plan to roll back an Obama-era plan to move ‘affordable housing’ into suburbs, which the former president said was aimed at bringing more ‘equality’ to mostly white neighborhoods.
The rule, called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), mandated that “any locality that receives block grant funding from the agency to rezone neighborhoods based on income and racial prerequisites,” BizPac Review reported.
The rule gave the federal government authority to dictate state and local zoning laws while forcing subsidized housing into middle- and upper-middle-class suburbs. Critics blasted the rule and accused the former president of attempting to export self-destructive, Democrat-implemented urban housing and welfare policies to suburban neighborhoods.
Late last month, President Trump tweeted that he was considering ending the program.
At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Scarborough accused the president of pursuing the same bigoted segregationist policies Wallace tried to maintain.
“Among the notable reactions was this from Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut who tweeted in part, our president is now a proud vocal segregationist. This, rev, you know this is just so clumsy, it’s so ham-fisted, he has become a parody of himself becoming a parody of himself. We are so many layers down of this man becoming a parody, it’s baffling,” Scarborough charged.
“But this is George Wallace, 1968. This is George Wallace, 1972. And I almost feel like when I say that I need to apologize to George Wallace because I don’t think Wallace was ever this clumsy and dumb in his blatant outreach on segregation,” Scarborough added.
The Left has hammered the narrative that Trump is bigoted and racist throughout his presidency, despite the fact that the president’s economic, legislative, and educational policies have tremendously benefitted Americans of color.
Also, while Scarborough made an inaccurate and improper comparison of Trump to Wallace, a staunch Democrat who openly advocated racial segregationist policies, he appeared oblivious to the blatant anti-Semitism displayed by his guest and fellow network host, Sharpton.
“If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house,” the supposed civil rights icon whom many have criticized as just a racial shakedown artist once said.
He also sharply criticized Jewish merchants for selling diamonds in New York’s Crown Heights district from apartheid-era South Africa, the Washington Examiner noted.
“All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no coffee klatch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’,” Sharpton said at the funeral of a young black boy killed by a Hasidic Jewish driver in 1991.
Following the boy’s death, Sharpton led protesters in the streets who chanted, “No justice, no peace.”
In 1995, Sharpton inserted himself into a dispute involving a black Pentecostal church that raised the rent on a Jewish tenant and owner of Freddy’s Fashion Mart. In turn, the tenant raised the rent on a black sub-tenant, causing Sharpton to falsely claim bigotry.
“We will not stand by and allow them [Jews] to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business on 125th Street,” Sharpton said at the time.
He has also used the terms “bloodsucking [J]ews,” “Jew bastards,” and “diamond merchants.”
Sharpton was called out by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) over his past comments during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in September 2019, which Sharpton denied.
And interestingly, when Scarborough was a U.S. congressman from Florida — representing the district Gaetz now represents — he introduced a resolution in 2000 condemning Sharpton for his anti-Semitic rhetoric.
“Your current MSNBC co-worker Joe Scarborough is my former congressman, and when Joe Scarborough served in the Congress, he had quite a bit to say about your contribution to the national discussion,” Gaetz noted.
“t was in the hundred and sixth Congress that Joe Scarborough filed a house concurrent resolution 270 entitled ‘Condemning the Racist and anti-Semitic Views of the Reverend Al Sharpton,’” he added.
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years’ worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.