Joe Scarborough Says He’s Done With the GOP, Then Rocks Out on ‘The Late Show’

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the conservative voice of Morning Joe — and former Republican congressman from Florida — Joe Scarborough made a big announcement. “I am a Republican, but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore. I’ve got to become an independent,” he said.

Scarborough said his departure from the GOP is a result of being fed up with the Republican party’s excuses for the behavior of a Donald Trump, and the deafening silence regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s admission of meeting with the Russians.

“What have you heard from the Republican party today? Nothing. There’s always silence,” he said. He added, “That’s not a party Ronald Reagan could associate with — certainly not a party that I can associate with.”

Scarborough has been appalled by the blatant disrespect for basic American protections, including religious freedom, saying, “I remember in December of 2015 when Donald Trump supported a Muslim ban. I said on the air: It’s very simple; it’s black and white. I said: I can never vote for anybody in my party that would say they were going to ban people because of the god they worshiped.”

Though Scarborough has some strong opinions, he said he doesn’t want to run for public office, and it seems he’s dipping his toes into another career — rock ’n’ roll musician.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. 

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