Scarborough: McConnell ‘Probably the Most Powerful Guy in Washington’


MSNBC host Joe Scarborough declared that President Donald Trump is waging a "civil war" with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), whom Scarborough called "probably the most powerful guy in Washington."

Scarborough made the claim Friday after saying that Trump was simultaneously carrying on several wars at once, although none of the wars he mentioned are actual wars. Referring to Trump's primary boast that he's "the most militaristic person you will ever meet," Scarborough brought up the conflict with McConnell that has surfaced this week after McConnell criticized Trump's "excessive" legislative expectations.

"[Trump] is threatening North Korea with nuclear war; that's bad," Scarborough said. "He's waged a civil war with probably the most powerful guy in Washington, D.C., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell."

"Then there's his war of words with Democrats and his ongoing cold war with his attorney general," Scarborough added. "Now it seems like he's fired the opening shots in a preventative war with his former campaign manager: Paul Manafort."

The FBI raided Manafort's home early Wednesday morning as part of the Russia investigation. Trump has distanced himself from Manafort publicly amidst rumors that his team is working against the former campaign manager.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at

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