In light of Wednesday’s NBC News report that Rex Tillerson’s now infamous “moron” remark was in response to President Donald Trump reportedly asking for a tenfold (!?) increase of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed we may be closer now to a nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski linked the NBC report to Trump’s “erratic, unpredictable…and extremely concerning behavior,” and Scarborough added that Sen. Bob Corker, a leader in Trump’s own party, said the president’s rhetoric could lead the U.S. to World War III.
“This statement is unprecedented in modern American history, from a leader on the Hill whose president is in the same party with them,” Scarborough said. “It’s never happened before.”
Scarborough continued that no Senate Republicans have publicly refuted Corker’s comments, claiming that their silence is a sign they agree with their colleague.
The Morning Joe co-host then said “foreign policy people” have told him off the record, with regards to North Korea, “that actually we are far closer to a cataclysmic event than even the media is talking about.”
“We had the nuclear clock when we were all growing up,” Scarborough said. “It’s probably closer to midnight…than any time it’s been since the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle noted that during the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders in both Moscow and and Washington D.C. were “rational actors.”
“And I don’t think you can say comfortably, with any assurance, that today in Washington D.C. we have a rational actor.”
“Where are the Republicans?” Scarborough asked, of GOP lawmakers still standing by Trump.[image via screengrab]