MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has blasted President Donald Trump, asserting that the president's conduct goes against all the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Christian Bible. Scarborough and Trump were personal friends before their public relationship soured amid political criticisms and social media insults.
On Oct. 17, Scarborough criticized the Trump administration during a segment on his MSNBC program, "Morning Joe."
"It is a joke, and people will wonder what the hell happened," Scarborough told his co-host and fiancee, Mika Brzezinski.
The talk show host and former Florida lawmaker asserted that Trump's behavior in the Oval Office went against the sermons in the Bible.
"Some things can not be debated: You look in Matthew and go through the Beatitudes, every single Beatitude, you go through Jesus's teachings," Scarborough continued. "Donald Trump is the antithesis of just about every single thing that Jesus Christ said on the Sermon on the Mount. Go read it."
Trump was elected into the White House partly due to strong support among evangelical Christians. Exit polls from the November 2016 election found that 80 percent of white evangelical voters cast a ballot for the Republican nominee, according to The Washington Post.
While Trump enjoys a strong evangelical base, Scarborough asserted that the president flouted Christian values.
"None of us are perfect, but he goes out of his way, it seems, to thumb his nose at all conventions, including the basics of the Beatitudes," Scarborough concluded.
Scarborough and Brzezinski had a friendly relationship with Trump during the 2015 GOP primary, frequently hosting the then-presidential candidate on their morning show. The trio had a public falling out, however, during the 2016 presidential race.
On June 29, Trump took to social media to blast the two media hosts for criticizing his presidency and mocked Brzezinski's physical appearance, according to Business Insider.
"I heard poorly rated [Morning Joe] speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Trump tweeted out. "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!"
On July 11, Scarborough announced that he was leaving the Republican Party during an interview on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The former House Republican disclosed that his decision was influenced by the party's support for Trump, CBS News reports.
"You have to ask yourself, what exactly is the Republican Party willing to do?" Scarborough said. "How far are they willing to go? How much of this country and our values are they willing to sell out?"
Sources: Business Insider, CBS News, MSNBC via Twitter, The Washington Post / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Flickr, US Department of Labor via Wikimedia Commons