Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski couldn’t stop themselves from scoffing at Wisconsin Republicans during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday after the election results revealed liberal Judge Jill Karofsky unseated conservative Justice Daniel Kelly on the state Supreme Court.
“The Republican Party of Wisconsin issued a statement yesterday saying they are disappointed in Kelly’s loss and accused Democrats of attempting to rig the election,” Brzezinski said. “Are you serious?”
“Hahaha!” Scarborough erupted with laughter. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. … You know, in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, ‘Stupid is as stupid does,’ and in this case, stupid, that would be the Wisconsin Republican Party, forced people to go out and vote in the middle of a pandemic believing that it would lower turnout and would elect a Republican so they could purge voter rolls.”
Guest John Heilemann, a national affairs analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, piled on, saying, “I’d say, not just ‘stupid is as stupid does,’ but stupider is as stupider does, and in this case stupider was Donald Trump.” Heilemann argued Trump was “stupider” for saying Democrats were scrambling to postpone the election because the president had endorsed Kelly, causing a spike in the justice’s poll numbers.
“This thing backfired in the most dramatic way possible, not just on Republicans, but on Donald Trump himself,” Heilemann said.
The MSNBC panel showed blatant disregard for the complicated facts of the Wisconsin election mayhem. While other governors and state legislatures around the country worked to postpone their spring elections way in advance, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers flip-flopped on whether he wanted to proceed, waiting until the Friday before the election to call the legislature into session to devise an alternate plan, and then issuing an executive order to postpone the election less than 24 hours before polls were scheduled to open — after having stating that taking such action would be illegal.
We have three branches of government to ensure a system of checks and balances, and questions about our elections typically rely on all three playing a role. If I could have changed the election on my own I would have but I can’t without violating state law.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 2, 2020
The last-minute action by conservatives and the GOP to proceed with the election was only a response to last-minute overreach by the Democratic Party. Had the Republican-majority legislature or the Democratic governor called a special legislative session sooner, this all could have been avoided. Pretending Republicans bear full responsibility, or even most, in this case is blatant partisan hackery.
The condescending Scarborough shtick is reminiscent of other mainstream media mockery of Midwest Republicans. A CNN panel in January ridiculed Trump voters as a “credulous boomer rube demo” that backs an “administration defined by ignorance of the world.” Host Don Lemon laughed hysterically with NeverTrumper Rick Wilson and New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali while the two guests imitated rural voters with hick accents.
Of course, we can’t expect anything less from the corporate spin machines, who predictably jeer at anyone who belongs to the party of their archenemy in the Oval Office.
Four banners on @CNN over the last five minutes … pic.twitter.com/UBxpCcY2vl
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) April 13, 2020