March 10, 2016

The horrible Gov. Rick Scott of Florida probably thought he was going on with the Morning Joe crew on MSNBC to talk about tonight's Republican debate in Miami and maybe be asked if he was endorsing Marco Rubio, but instead Joe and Mika wanted him to comment on Donald Trump's claim that "Islam hates us."

When Joe Scarborough asked Scott if Florida Muslims hate America, Scott tried to skate by it by mumbling about his anti-Syrian refugee policy, but Joe pressed on, not caring about Scott's claims that Florida is a melting pot. It didn't take long before Mika, off camera told the studio to "wrap it" up and before you knew it, Scott's interview was cut short.

BRZEZINSKI: No. No. Uh-uh. That's not answering any questions.

As Gov. Scott tried to continue, Mika stopped him cold, saying she knows he's a friend of Joe's, but demanded he answer the question or "should we scoot?" Scott gave an uncomfortable laugh and the interview was terminated.

Full Transcript via MSNBC:

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, I bet you do. You've always talked about jobs, jobs, jobs, invest in Florida. So you're a friend of Donald Trump. Would you tell your friend, Donald Trump, that he should walk back his statements that Muslims, that Islam hates America, that Islam hates us? Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?

SCOTT: Well, as you know, in Florida we're the best melting pot in the world. We love everybody coming to our state. After the Paris bombings I did ask the federal government to not allow any more Syrian refugees to come into Florida until we vetted them. I'm still concerned that the federal government's not vetting them. But that's what my concern is.

SCARBOROUGH: Well, I mean, that could be a reasonable policy position if you wanted to debate that and we could debate that issue. I'm just asking generally, do you think that Muslims hate Americans? That Islam hates America, as Donald Trump said last night?

SCOTT: Well, I can tell you what's going on in Florida. We have --

BRZEZINSKI: No. That's not the question.


SCARBOROUGH: No, no, I don't want to know what's going on in Florida.

SCOTT: So in our state we're headed in the right direction.

SCARBOROUGH: No, no, no. I want to know what's going on in your head, Governor. We're friends. I want you to answer the question. Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates America?

SCOTT: So, Joe, what I can tell you in our state is we have a lot of Muslims that live in our state --


SCOTT: We've got -- a lot of Latin-Americans living in our state. We all get along. We love people moving to our state and coming here as tourists. We're a great melting pot. That's what I can tell you about our state.


SCOTT: Donald Trump, you know, he can talk about what -- the things he wants to talk about. Marco Rubio can, Ted Cruz, John Kasich.

BRZEZINSKI: No. No. Uh-uh. That's not answering any questions.

SCOTT: But I love the debates. I'm going to be there tonight. I love the debate's going to be in Miami --

BRZEZINSKI: Rick, Rick, Rick. I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward. But can you answer the question or should we scoot?

SCOTT: Well, I can tell you that, you know, I'm glad everybody's in Florida. We're doing well here. The debate's going to be fun tonight. I hope they talk about jobs. It's the most important issue.

BRZEZINSKI: Governor Rick Scott, thanks for being on. We will move on now. Thanks.

As dopey and destructive as it was for Trump to say an entire religion (Islam) hates America since it's not true, but to say this was an odd interview would be putting it mildly.

It would have been nice if they asked him about Florida's disingenuous attempt to shut down abortion clinics and contraception in the same manner as Texas, which is under review by the Supreme Court at this time.

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