9/11 is always a somber day for reflection, especially for those in New York on that fateful day, and on this tough day Joe Scarborough penned a column for the Washington Post in which the former GOP congressman turned cable news host took an unsparing view of America’s international image and pointed a harsh finger at President Donald Trump.
The column is best summed up by its headline “Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could” and walks through a series of foreign diplomacy missteps made by past presidential administrations before sticking the landing:
For those of us still believing that Islamic extremists hate America because of the freedoms we guarantee to all people, the gravest threat Trump poses to our national security is the damage done daily to America’s image. As the New York Times’s Roger Cohen wrote the month after Trump’s election, “America is an idea. Strip freedom, human rights, democracy and the rule of law from what the United States represents to the world and America itself is gutted.”
It came as no surprise to see this morning’s “Joe” open with a discussion of 9/11, Trump and this column. Since cable news seems to bring out the hyperbole in everyone when prompted, Scarborough appeared to go a bit further than the print version. “America is an idea,” he said, adding ‘You gut America of an idea, that is when you do the most harm.”
He then listed a number of subjects considered to be black marks against the Trump administration before comparing it to the attack on 9/11. ‘We became stronger because of that,’ referencing the attack on the twin towers. But in Scarborough’s esteem, Trump’s attack on the idea of America “seems to be a far graver threat.”
Watch the clip above courtesy of MSNBC.
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