Joe Scarborough Sheepishly Apologizes After Acting Like a Fool on Twitter
If MSNBC host Joe Scarborough really wanted to start apologizing for all of the poisonous nonsense he’s spewed over the last four years, he would need to devote a special Twitter account solely to the endeavor. We suppose a single apology is better than nothing, but it’s a little hard to give Scarborough any credit for self-awareness when he’s left so much pure garbage in his wake. When you’ve been littering for the last hundred miles on the interstate, do you deserve an award when you stop and pick up the last Slurpee cup you threw out the window?
“About last night: I gotta work on some things myself,” Scarborough tweeted Saturday. “I feel really bad about retweeting the Jimmy Kimmel video. I feel worse about being provoked. I apologize again to Mike Pence, to my Twitter followers, and to Ted. I’ve got to do better.”
Scarborough’s Twitter troubles started two days earlier when he thoughtlessly retweeted a video shared by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that showed Vice President Mike Pence dropping off personal protective equipment at a Virginia hospital. In the clip, Pence is seen saying, “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?” Kimmel carefully clipped the footage so that it was no longer obvious that Pence was just joking around.
Kimmel offered a backhanded apology: “It would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth.”
But Scarborough had already been caught in the trap by then, retweeting the video and mocking Pence on Twitter. He, too, was forced to issue the vice president an apology – although, to be fair, he was a bit more sincere about it than Kimmel.
“I guess Twitter is a full time job,” Scarborough wrote Friday. “I apologize to Mike Pence for retweeting a tweet that had been disproved. I’m deleting now.”
Scarborough’s flip didn’t go unnoticed by Sen. Ted Cruz, who said the “Morning Joe” host ought to be more careful about what he retweets.
“Hmm. When you’re on the defensive for being dishonest & corrupt, perhaps best not to forward fraudulent stories from Jimmy Kimmel (that he’s admitted were false)?” wrote Cruz. “You are claiming to be a journalist, after all…”
Instead of taking his licks, Scarborough got his temper up.
“Ted, when I make a mistake I admit it,” Scarborough tweeted. “You remain mired in shame because you kowtow to a man who called your wife ugly and said your daddy assassinated JFK. Me messing up a tweet or two will never erase the shame you carry every day of your life.”
Cruz, who is the last person you should want to get into a Twitter feud with, didn’t hesitate to fire back.
“Joe,” Cruz wrote, “you chased after Trump for 2 years like a teenage girl throwing her panties at the latest boy band; now you pretend to be this indignant paragon of virtue outraged at everything he says & does. All to get invited to DC cocktail parties & thrill the 13 people watching MSNBC.”
Most people would have the sense to know they were beaten.
“You lose this fight every time. You sold your soul to Trump. You. Lose,” he wrote. “PS. I don’t do cocktail parties. I went to University of Alabama and University of Florida. You’re a Harvard and Princeton boy who spends your life around lobbyists and billionaires. You can cut out the man-of-the-people BS. Nobody believes anything you say.”
Right. Because Scarborough is the picture of honesty.
Good on Joe for apologizing for this embarrassing episode in social media awkwardness, but yeah, he’s definitely got to “work on some things.” The sooner the better.