‘No personal liberties were taken away’: Joe Scarborough blasts Jim Jordan for spreading ‘lies’ about Fauci

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

  • Joe Scarborough blasted Rep. Jim Jordan for his conduct while questioning Fauci during a hearing.
  • “When do Americans get their freedom back?” Jordan aggressively asked of Fauci.
  • “It’s so personal and it is personal,” Scarborough said. “They have lied about Dr. Fauci.
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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday slammed GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio for peddling “lies” about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, during a congressional hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

During an episode of “Morning Joe,” Scarborough was disturbed by Jordan’s behavior, where the congressman repeatedly questioned when the country would fully reopen and said it was “obvious” that Fauci didn’t see coronavirus-related health restrictions as an “assault” on the liberties of Americans.

The testy back-and-forth exchange between Jordan and Fauci resulted in Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California telling Jordan to “shut your mouth” after the congressman’s time had expired and he attempted to continue questioning Fauci.

Scarborough expressed displeasure with Jordan, along with individuals who have minimized the severity of the coronavirus.

“It’s so personal and it is personal,” he said. “They have lied about Dr. Fauci. They have spread conspiracy theories about Dr. Fauci. They have said the most preposterous things.”

He added: “They’re trying to attack the messenger … while they’ve been lying through their teeth to the American people, who has been warning that a lot of people could die. A year ago, they kept saying, ‘Open things up, everything’s fine, what is this? No worse than the flu.’ No worse – over 550,000 people are dead. And the lies continue. The scapegoating still continues.”

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Scarborough, a former GOP congressman who represented a deeply conservative district in the Florida Panhandle, refuted Jordan’s claims that individual freedoms have been threatened since the start of the pandemic last year.

“No personal liberties were taken away,” he said. “The Supreme Court has reviewed the cases. The courts have reviewed cases. It’s sheer idiocy playing for the lowest common denominator.”

Scarborough then lamented that “lies” and “conspiracy theories” about Fauci “have always gotten clicks.”

“You have to be a moron to believe it, but there are, I guess, a lot of morons out there,” he said. “Jim Jordan peddles the suggestion that Anthony Fauci somehow is the problem instead of a coronavirus that’s spread across America and killed 550,000 people.”

During the House Oversight and Reform hearing on Thursday, Jordan repeatedly asked Fauci for a set timeline on when people could resume their normal lives, seemingly ignoring the complexities of the virus, including new variants that have spread throughout the country this year.

“When do Americans get their freedom back?” Jordan asked Fauci. “We had 15 days to slow the spread … turned into a year of lost liberties.”

“You’re indicating liberty and freedom,” Fauci responded. “I look at it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to hospital.”

Since the pandemic began in the US, nearly 32 million people have been infected and over 566,000 people have died, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough says there’s ‘no doubt’ that the GOP is ‘unsavable’

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“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough.

  • Joe Scarborough said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that the Republican Party was “unsavable.”
  • Scarborough, who served in the US House as a Republican, now identifies as an independent.
  • “What issues does this guy share with conservatives?” Scarborough said of former President Trump.
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In 1994, Joe Scarborough was elected to Congress as part of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republican revolution, which saw the party make sweeping gains across the country.

During a Friday appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the conservative-turned-independent MSNBC host of “Morning Joe” rebuked the party that he called home for decades.

Maher was blunt when questioning Scarborough about his political metamorphosis.

“Honestly, tell me about this,” Maher asked. “You’re an independent now. So, what does that say? To me, it says that you think the Republican Party is unsavable.”

Scarborough, a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, basically agreed with Maher.

“Unsavable – no doubt about it,” replied Scarborough. “It can’t be saved.”

“I used to get attacked by liberals because I was a conservative; now, I’m getting attacked by people who voted for a fascist because I’m a conservative,” he said of Trump. “You know, my friends and my family members, they all voted for him, and it’s been hard for me to process it.”

He added: “The only way I’ve been able to come to terms with it is they’re not fascists, but they voted for an ignorant man who is a fascist. I don’t understand why.”

Scarborough then questioned the motivations of voters who continue to express support for the former president.

“I’ve seen focus groups over the past couple of days of Trump voters who still would support him,” he said. “Who say things like, ‘I like Donald Trump because of where he stands.’ I can’t even say it with a straight face – ‘on the issues.’ Now you tell me, what the f— does that mean? What issues? What issues does this guy share with conservatives?”

He added: “He undercut all of the allies that [former President Ronald] Reagan championed. He embraced Russia.”

Scarborough then lit into Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, calling both men “seditionists” for what he said was their role in the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

Hawley and Cruz sought to challenge the Electoral College certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, which was heavily criticized after insurrectionists breached the Capitol and five people were killed.

“Cruz and Hawley are seditionists,” he argued. “They should be in jail. You can look at the federal statute for inciting sedition, and it seems to me it’s what they did.”

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