Scarborough Calls Trump a ‘Dope’ Over Tweet Celebrating Georgia Runoff

• April 19, 2017 7:30 am


MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called President Trump a "dope" on Wednesday over his late-night tweet touting a "Big R win" in the Georgia sixth congressional district race.

After well-funded Democrat Jon Ossoff was unable to clinch victory Tuesday and got forced into a runoff against top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel, Trump tweeted jubilantly that he was "glad to be of help."

After Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski read out the tweet, Scarborough repeated Trump's words with disgust.

"Glad to be of help. What a dope," Scarborough said. "What a dope."

"Joe! This is the president of the United States," Brzezinski said in faux admonishment.

The special election race received national attention as a potential referendum on Trump's young administration.

Although the metro Atlanta district has elected Republicans for decades, Ossoff raised more than $8 million, much of it from out-of-state donations, and hoped to get more than 50 percent of the vote in the crowed field and avoid a runoff. He finished just short on Tuesday night with around 48 percent of the vote, pitting him in a June one-on-one race against Handel.

Trump, knowing Republicans would be embarrassed if Democrats flipped the seat, tweeted about the race beforehand and taunted Ossoff over not actually living in the sixth district. He also recorded a robocall attacking Ossoff as too liberal for Georgia.