MSNBC Anchor: 'Bleak' Future for Children, Grandchildren of Trump's Defenders

January 16, 2020

Morning Joe co-anchor Joe Scarborough said on Thursday that history "will be bleak" for the children and grandchildren of President Donald Trump's defenders.

"We do know how history writes this. We know that everyone who defends Donald Trump right now will be exposed. We know Mike Pence will be exposed for what he is. We know that [Attorney General Bill] Barr will be exposed for what he is. We know that all of these characters, Rudy Giuliani, will be exposed for what he is," Scarborough said. "History, it will be bleak, and their families, their children—their grandchildren—everyone who has their last name will carry that around with them."

"Loyalty only goes one way with Donald Trump, and that's what I find so remarkable here—that all of these people who are going to be called out, I promise you," he continued.

Scarborough said that Pence should follow the lead of Lev Parnas, the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate who is now speaking out about Trump's role in withholding military aid to Ukraine. Parnas appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to accuse Trump of lying about his knowledge of his activity in Ukraine.

"You might as well do what Lev did and come clean," Scarborough said. "Maybe listen to your wife," co-anchor Mika Brzezinski said.

Scarborough called Attorney General Barr "corrupt to the core," saying there was no need to appeal to him to turn on Trump.

"Who are the Howard Bakers that history will remember as men and women of virtue?" Scarborough concluded. Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) asked a similar question during the initial stages of the impeachment inquiry.