MSNBC Host Apologizes for Democratic Presidential Debate – Says It Was a ‘Disaster’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough excoriated the performance of the presidential candidates who spoke Thursday night at the 2020 Democratic debates and called the event a “disaster for the Democratic party.”

Scarborough made the remarks during a Friday post-mortem on “Morning Joe” analyzing the second night of the debates, which featured ten Democratic presidential hopefuls.

“With apologies to our friends watching, last night was a disaster for the Democratic Party,” Scarborough said. “My only hope is people were not watching and I will tell you why.”

The former Florida congressman criticized the Democrats for targeting each other, instead of President Donald Trump.

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“So they’re lined up in trench warfare, ready to get out of the trenches and charge Donald Trump. Instead, they all turn their guns on each other and shoot each other, and everybody is yelling at each other all night,” he said.

Scarborough, a frequent critic of Trump, suggested that the chaotic event was so bad, it might have turned sympathetic voters off of the Democratic Party.

“If you’re an American and this is your introduction to these candidates and the Democratic Party, and all you see are 12 people yelling at each other, trying to interrupt each other, insulting each other, you’re like, ‘You know what. I thought Donald Trump was a clown show. I’m changing the channel,’” he said.

The 2020 Democratic debates so far

The gauntlet that will see one candidate emerge to challenge Republicans in 2020 is proving chaotic already. The first night of the Democratic primary debates went about as smoothly as the second.

The president mercilessly trolled MSNBC after technical difficulties temporarily derailed the network’s Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night.

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