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Joe Scarborough Leaves Republican Party (Video)

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has announced that he is leaving the Republican Party (video below).

The former GOP Congressman appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to announce his departure from the Republican Party, the Daily Mail reported.

"I am a Republican but I'm not gonna be a Republican anymore," Scarborough said while being interviewed alongside his Morning Joe co-host and fiancee, Mika Brzezinski. "I'm gonna become an Independent."

Colbert asked Scarborough about the Republican Party's apparent unwavering support for President Donald Trump.

"It's inexplicable," Scarborough responded. "This is well before Donald Trump was elected president that my party betrayed their core values.

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"In 2015 Donald Trump supported a Muslim Ban and I said I could never vote for somebody who was going to ban people based on the God they worshiped.

"Last February when he talked about David Duke and pretended that he didn't know who he was or what the Ku Klux Klan did, you didn't have Republicans coming out saying, 'I can never support Donald Trump because he's racist,' they'd have a thousand other reasons why, but they always overlooked that.

"Time and time and time again, [the Republican party] turned the other way and they're doing the same thing now. And it's actually disgusting."

Scarborough and Brzezinski were previously supportive of Trump during the election, but have become increasingly critical since he took office.

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"You have to ask yourself how far [is] the Republican Party willing to go," Scarborough said. "How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?"

Trump recently took to Twitter to insult Scarborough and Brzezinski, and their show.

"I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," the president tweeted on June 29. "Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!"

The MSNBC co-hosts responded to the president's claims in a Washington Post op-ed.

"President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal," the couple wrote in the column. "America's leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president.

"We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, 'Morning Joe.'"

Sources: Daily Mail, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2), The Washington Post / Photo credit: U.S. Department of Labor via Wikimedia Commons, Ava Lowery/Flickr, Twitter via Daily Mail

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