Joe Scarborough, conservative co-host MSNBC political show “Morning Joe” left the Republican Party.
He made the announcement Tuesday night during a broadcast on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” alongside co-president Mika Brzezinski. A two-minute segment clip was swept into the Twitter account earlier in Tuesday’s show.
Scarborough started what he considered a complacent Republican party that did not want to oppose President Trump.
“One has to wonder, what is the Republican Party willing to do?” Scarborough said Colbert. “How far are they willing to go? What part of this country and our values are willing to sell?”
“Do not you a Republican?” Asked Colbert.
“I’m a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican,” Scarborough told loudly applauding the audience. “I have to be independent.”
Scarborough and Brzezinski were attacked by President Trump and his administration in recent months for criticizing his driving skills and driving to the White House.
The two, who announced their engagement this spring, used to see Trump as a close friend, but he walked away from the president during his campaign.
Tension has increased in recent weeks when Brzezinski questioned Trump’s mental competence in a segment on his show. The President responded in a series of serious tweets, calling for co-chairs Psycho Joe ‘and’ Under-I. “P. Mika insane.” Trump also said that Brzezinski “bleeding a lot from a facelift” when he saw and Scarborough during a Short visit to Mar-a-Lago last year.
[President Trump anger angry of Joe’s morning hosts on Twitter]
In a comment, guests have written and posted in The Washington Post, called the president’s allegations false and offensive and said that “they have noticed a change in their behavior in recent years.”
“Maybe that’s why we were shocked by the president’s personal attack,” they wrote. “The Donald Trump who knew before the campaign was a bad character, but still seemed able to keep his worst instincts under control.”
In the segment of “Late Show” Scarborough and Brzezinski discussed their complicated relationship with the president and his intense aversion to “Morning Joe.”
Colbert asked the duo of the particular change they had seen in triumph since he announced his candidacy because, in “The Late Show,” the words, the business tycoon has always been a “main tool.”
“I knew it was a tool,” Brzezinski said, explaining that they believed Trump knew and controlled the game he was playing. Now Scarborough said, he is above the head.
Scarborough said the modern Republican Party was not “a party that Ronald Reagan could partner with” and that he does not want to want it. He told Colbert that he still believes in the fundamental values of conservatism – lower taxes, a small government – but the silence of the party in Trump racism is unacceptable.