The hosts of “Morning Joe” lost their s— (in a manner of speaking) on Friday over President Donald Trump’s much-discussed comments questioning why the U.S. should accept immigrants from “sh-thole nations” like Haiti and certain countries in Africa.
While the usuals were in top form, the greatest paroxysm of disgust came from show regular Donny Deutsch, who in a single moment of outrage unloaded a slew of insults, and a declaration that Trump was an “evil evil man.”
“If we take his implied support of a pedophile and now if we take this additional very clear racist thing, he is an evil man. We don’t talk about that a lot. We talk about he’s insane, crazy, that’s evil. This is just an evil, evil man,” said Deutsch, referencing Trump’s support of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“Our president is not only racist, not only stupid, he’s not only imbalanced, he’s evil,” Deutsch concluded.
Elsewhere in the show, host Joe Scarborough returned to an old argument and suggested that the latest episode offered more evidence Trump may have dementia.
“Everybody knows that granddad and grandmom and people with early-onset of dementia,” Scarborough said. “I know this, say things that they would have never said five or six years ago.”
For his part, Trump responded Friday in a series of tweets denying he did not use “that language” — presumably a reference to “sh-thole” — but did use “tough language” in a Thursday Oval Office meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform.
“The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,” he said. “What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!”
The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018
The clarification from Trump was part of a broader series of tweets in which he described how a bipartisan immigration deal he was presented yesterday was insufficient.