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In the latest example of Donald Trump’s outlandish comments becoming more and more mainstream for Republicans, Florida Gov. Rick Scott appeared Thursday on Morning Joe to talk about the race. Joe Scarborough asked Scott whether he would disagree with The Donald’s latest statement that “Islam hates us.”

Scott — who is quite peculiarly not endorsing any candidate, even though his home state’s own Marco Rubio is running — very awkwardly avoided answering the question. And this went on and on, until he actually got politely kicked off the show.

“Well as you know, in Florida we’re the best melting pot int he world, we love everybody coming to our state,” Scott responded — and then explained why he doesn’t want some people to actually come to Florida: “After the Paris bombings, I did ask the federal government to not allow any more Syrian refugees to come into Florida until we vetted them. I’m still concerned that the federal government is not vetting them — that’s what my concern is.”

Quick note: Yes, the federal government thoroughly vets refugees.

Joe wasn’t having it, and asked again: Does Rick Scott believe, like Trump does, that Muslims hate America — including many citizens of Florida?

Scott’s answer: “Joe, what I can tell you in our state is we have a lot of Muslims that live in our state—”

“Wrap it,” Mika Brzezinski could be heard telling the production crew.

Scott continued: “—we’ve got a lot of Latin Americans that live in our state. We all get along. We love moving into our state, and coming here as tourists. We’re a great melting pot. That’s what I can tell you about our state. Donald Trump, he can talk about the things that he wants to talk about. Marco Rubio can, Ted Cruz, John Kasich…”

“Rick, Rick — Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick,” an exasperated Mike finally said. “I know you and Joe are friends, and this is kind of awkward. But can you answer the question — or should we scoot?

Scott laughed uncomfortably, and then dodged again: “Well I can tell you that I’m glad everybody’s in Florida, we’re doing here, the debate’s gonna be fun tonight, I hope they talk about jobs, its’ the most important issue.

“Gov. Rick Scott, thanks for being on,” Mika said. “We will move on now, thanks.”

Video via Morning Joe/MSNBC.

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62 Responses to Endorse This: Florida Man Won’t Condemn Trump’s Muslim-Hatred

  1. One, of Sir Winston Churchill’s best friends, was Lawrence of Arabia!
    Was Churchill a bad judge of character?

    • Lawrence of Arabia was a British born Intelligence service operator who used the arabs against the Turks and the Germans with great ability. Churchill liked intelligent people. Did he like americans? Certainly FD Roosevelt.

    • What does this have to do with anything? TE Lawrence, an Englishman, was quite an accomplished organizer in the middle east. There’s a great movie about it, you should give it a watch.

  2. The national memo has become a rag. Trump doesn’t hate Muslims. The memo knows that. The memo has turned to crap. Trump who I don’t support in anyway, clearly said we shouldn’t let Muslims in the country until we know for sure they aren’t going to try and kill us! It’s disgusting that both the right and left continuously take things out of context to make the other side look bad. Fu^kin* unreal crap

    • Trump has played on all the weak minded people fears of strangers. We are in no more danger from Muslims then any other group. He wants people to be afraid instead of thinking clearly. If you start looking at facts Trump starts looking pretty bad.

      • If you listen to Trump at all he looks bad. Between him and Hillary were screwed. They are both horrible candidates. It’s hard to believe that both rotten parties couldn’t put someone better to run. As far as the so called weak minded people you mention, if you’re being fair minded then how can you blame people die being scared since the FBI director admitted they can’t really tell who these people are coming in from Syria.

        • Why would you believe that that terrorists would waste their time coming in with refugees? These people wait a long time to get in and then they have people watching over them for years. The fear of terrorists is just one of the fears they are playing on. Just like the fear of illegals. These are not the dangers that we need to fear, you are 10,000 times more likely to be shot by your wife then by terrorists. I’m not a big Hillary fan but Trump is the worst candidate I have ever seen.

          • Isis said they will infiltrate the refugees to get terrorists in the country. They don’t see it as a waste of time. They want all of us to die. You do know that right? I don’t think people fears illegal aliens. Most people want them to come in legally. Try crossing the border into Mexico. You will be arrested and deported. As far as Hillary and Trump, they will both be disasters if they are elected.

          • How much do you know about how we bring refugees into this country? We don’t just open a door and say have fun. We pair refugees with people who are willing to help them get used to the country, people who keep an eye on them so they can learn to fit in.

          • There is no argument about how unsafe it could be. The real discussion should be how we help them stay near Syria. There are many places we could help them stay. Until there is a way to ensure who we’re bringing here we should find another place for them to stay. That would be a great compromise.

          • It’s happening all over Europe. A decidedly lopsided number of “refugees” are 20-something males. If they’re not terrorists, they sure as heck forgot to bring their mothers, sisters and wives on the journey to freedom. They’re forming gangs, refusing and destroying supplies provided by European Christian charities. It has taken the west hundreds of years to get to our level of equality, fairness, liberty. No such transition has occurred in the Islamic Middle East.

          • The 9/11 terrorists entered the USA via JFK with student or tourist visas issued by the State Department. One of them learned how to fly at Embry Riddle University!
            ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists are not going to enter the U.S. via our Southern border or join refugees trying to escape violence in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

    • Yeah, well, how is any country going to know some American Christian fundamentalist nutcake isn’t gong to come in their country and murder people? Look at this country: loaded with crazy people with big guns. No country should allow any American to enter until they can be determined not be be Christian or a member of the NRA.

      How does that suit you?

      • Well, your cracked if you really believe there’s a comparison. I hope you aren’t that ignorant, but it sounds like you are. You obviously hate Christians and guns for some strange reason. Do you know of a Christian group that is calling for Christians to kill Muslims?

          • So. …what you’re saying is Duggart who is obviously a nut bag is a comparison to the thousands of terrorists who want all the people in the US and israel to die? Does he have training camps? Has he beheaded or burned anyone alive?

          • You can’t be serious. That’s your comparison? Get this through your thick skull. Isis, AL quada, and the all the other terrorists want you me any any other non Muslim extremists to die. They are committed to killing us by the thousands and millions WHEN they get the capability. To be that naive and think there is any equivalency between that a some domestic nut bags is equate the dallas cowboys to a pee wee football team. Get real!

        • If you read the bible, it is not too big on non-believers either.

          Deuteronomy 17:2-5

          “If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your
          God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of
          the Lord your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain
          that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring
          out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and
          you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.

          • I’m not sure what your point is. I hope you too aren’t naive enough to use the words in the bible to compare Christians to radical Muslims. Christians aren’t beheading, burning or bombing anyone. Christians don’t have training camps preparing to kill thousands or millions of people. Surely you know that right? To even insinuate a comparison is utter ignorance.

          • My point is that folks that think the bible can’t be cited to support negativity just like the Quran can, are kidding themselves.

            We don’t have that now, but don’t think that people DIDN’T use the bible to support the kind of abhorrent behavior you cited. They used the bible to support slavery. The bible is used to support degradation of women. The bible is used to support vile behavior towards gay people. Sections about “casting the first stone” are ignored when convenient. Sections about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you and loving your neighbor as yourself…well, as long as my neighbor looks and thinks like me. Otherwise, it’s up for debate.

          • I see. I agree with that. Today the radical Muslims and only the radical Muslim have perverted their version of the meaning of the Kiran to justify what they do. They won’t stop until they are stopped. They have a goal to kill all of us anyway they can. That’s what the focus of this situation needs to be. As it should be with all the issues we face instead of the left and right continuing to blame and accuse each other of being racist, or crazy or whatever, the dialogue needs to be based on solutions. It’s D day. There isn’t much time left to fix things. The terrorists need to be stopped. Whatever it takes. The deficit has to be stopped. Both parties did it. Now work together change how much we spend. The right thinks they have all the answers and same with the left. They are both wrong. The best example is the refugees. The left wants to let them in and take a chance of letting in possibly 1 or 1000 terrorists based on humanity. The right thinks we shouldn’t let them in based on the possibility of thousands or more people getting killed by them. There is a simple compromise. Every major issue can be fixed if they work together.

          • I’m certainly no Christian scholar, but I believe the old law was replaced by the new law (the new testament) after Christ. In any case, modern Christians don’t live or preach the law of the old testament or the law of Moses. They might be a tad uppety about their own conviction that they’re going to heaven and I’m going to hell, but they don’t have any sense that it’s their duty to hasten my journey to demise.

          • I actually agree with you. But, I have also spent a decent amount of time reading the Quran…at least parts of it…in order to get a better understanding of it. It also has its good and bad parts and can be cited (similarly to what I did with the bible) to support almost whatever point a person wants to make.

            The one that bothers me most right now is the people who use their Christianity to justify ill treatment of gay people. Yet, nowhere in the teachings of Christ are we told they are not children of God.

            But I guess that’s a discussion for another day.

          • And there you see the difference. Many Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin. They do their best to thwart legislation that gives legitimacy to alternate lifestyles. But with little exception, they yield to the law once enacted. A holier than thou attitude is not comparable to a stoning – which still occurs and is still sanctioned under Sharia law. Jesus put an end to the Jewish penalty for Adultery with “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.

      • Ya right, and the same goes for girl scouts and Jehova’s Witnesses. You need to read up on what the Muslim religion and the Shariah law that accompanies it really believes. They hate us. They’re taught to hate us, condemn us, shun us. Christianity and especially Judaism represent everything Islam is not.

        • You are a typical low knowledge person when it comes to understanding what Islam does or doesn’t believe. Most people don’t even know what the religion the claim to follow believe let alone the belief of other faiths.

          • No doubt about general knowledge of religion on the whole. But I took a course in World religions. Fairly recently as a mater of fact and although the instructor for the Islam presentation did his best to show Shariah law in a good light – and it has its beauty – he couldn’t deny the male-dominant, single-minded nature. Things like feminism are not tolerated and neither is freedom of religion. You’re a Muslim or you’re an infidel. There’s no wiggle room. On one hand I respect the adherence to the letter of the law. But on the other hand I demand to be able to make up my own mind without fear of retribution. Maybe the violent faction is on the fringe, but mainstream Islam is undeniably exclusive. I may be a typical low-knowledge person, and you may be able to discern that without ever having so much as a conversation with me. But I can read, both on and in-between the lines. And Muslims, to a great degree, hate us with a level of passion that has been cultivated for millennia.

          • I’m a Christian so my knowledge of Islam is not prefect but unlike most religions they except other faiths and even give them a cut rate on taxes since more is expected from true believers. The are no worse on women’s rights then most other religions. In many ways they are like the Christian faith as the fundamentalists practice it. I didn’t say you were a low-knowledge person because I don’t know your level of education but I have found in most cases people really know little about any religion and get their knowledge of faiths like Islam from truly misinformed news media. It’s not the religion that hat us it’s the people of countries that practice the religion that for good reason hate the US. We have treated them badly for a very long time as have our friends in Europe.

        • What does the bible say about Infidels (non-believers)

          Deuteronomy 17:2-5

          “If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lordyour God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.

      • He also called for 12 million illegal aliens to be deported. And after years and years of letting anyone cross the border most Americans agree with him even though it would be impossible to do. That however doesn’t make him or his followers racist. With a 19 trillion dollar national debt people know how bad this is going to end unless there is major changes.

        • Deporting people based on their race – and there is zero other reason behind wanting to do that, since it would actually cause the economy to collapse – does, in fact, make you, him, and all his followers racist.

          I hope that helps!

          • Again if you can read. There’s no way to deport 12 million people. I get that the left and right want no borders. The reasons are different. The left wants open borders to get new voters. The right wants open borders for cheaper labor (even though they say they don’t want open borders) both dumb as* parties keep fighting over something they really agree on. Most Americans want the borders secured and know we are safer if they are secured. The truth is if you cross the border into Mexico you would be arrested and jailed or deported.

            I hope that helps!

          • “The left wants open borders to get new voters”. You don’t have the slightest idea what you’re talking about. It’s hilarious.

          • It’s not hilarious at all. Of course that’s why they want open borders. Otherwise the border would be secure. If the right didn’t want cheap labor the border would be secure. Regardless of why the border isn’t secure, it needs to be secure. That’s what the discussion should be. The national memo spends most of its time (just like the national review does) blaming and demonizing the other party. Both publications have their sheep believing everything they say. In the mean time both parties hate each other and they get nothing done. If that’s the way you want it good luck

          • And, again, it’s hilarious that you complain that poor widdle Republicans are getting unfairly demonized, while simultaneously posting a bunch of fake talking points designed to demonize the Democrats.

          • The poor widdle Republicans? Really? What are you 9? Screw both the republicans and democrats. Both parties that have hacks like you that offer no solutions just blame. Grow up

          • I’d rather be an idiot than a racist idiot. Good luck with your plan to violate the Constitution and commit war crimes!

        • It’s also remarkable that you think that illegal immigrants – who are net contributors to the economy – are in some way responsible for the national debt. The debt is caused, at this point, mostly by the Bush tax breaks and the Iraq war he failed to fund – in other words, solely by Republican mismanagement. The topic of illegal is also neither related to, nor remotely justifies, wanting to deport citizens based on their religion.

          • It’s also remarkable that you lefties always blame the righties even though you know what you say isn’t true. The national debt is the responsibility of both parties. Bush and Obama have both done the most damage to the country with their spending. But you keep telling yourself if it makes you feel better that the right bears all the responsibility. Illegal immigration is a big part of the national debt (certainly not the majority of it) last year we let 44,000 Cubans into the country and gave each one thousands of dollars to stay. Yes the majority end up contributing to the economy and I realize that even at the end of Obamas 2nd term when the debt is at 20 trillion you will blame bush. Of course like I said you’re wrong.

          • I’m sorry, you don’t get to make stuff up. Every single thing you just said was false.

          • Of course it’s not false. Both parties have had their hands in the cookie jar for years. Both have spent us into oblivion. Your one sided blame has no solution except get rid of the right and everything will be great. Bullshi*. 8 years of bush and 7+ years of Obama prove what I’m saying. But instead the left is naive enough to blame bush for everything and now that Obama is president the left blame the repub congress for everything. That’s ridiculous. Clinton and Gingrich proved that working together is the only way to fix things. When people like you realize that spending another second blaming one party for our problems leads to no solutions.

          • I can’t stop laughing at your idea that Clinton and Gingrich worked well together. Where the hell do you people get this stuff?

          • You do realize that they passed welfare reform and balanced the budget. I know that because you’re a hack you’re blind, it’s probably too much for, but they work incredibly well together to get that legislation passed.

          • No. You’re wrong! Cuba was glad to get shut of the people migrating to Florida and Florida is reaping the whirlwind of their arrival.

            . The arrival of the refugees in the U.S. created political problems for U.S. president Jimmy Carter, first when his administration struggled to develop a consistent response to the immigrants and then when it was discovered that a number of the refugees had been released from Cuban jails and mental health facilities. You wanted them and Fidel gave them to you. Outsmarted again.

        • You are such a total moron that responding to you with anything that makes sense is a total waste of time: you need to put something between your ears besides empty space. (Everything in your post is one big huge bunch of garbage.)

          Any one of those illegal aliens you’re talking about does more for America (contributing to the economy, reducing the crime rate, etc.) than any three idiots like you.

          • Your a hack. Go fuc* yourself. Everything you say in nonsense. You have no clue about what you’re talking. Even your name on here in bullshi#

    • The worst part is that in addition to our governorship, they also control the FL legislature with a 2/3 super majority. The same goes for the FL Supreme Court, and local governments in North and parts of Central Florida.

  3. Muslims hate America when we go over to their countries and blow them up.

    Don’t tell me nuttin’ about 9/11 until you can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the CIA and Mossad were not behind it, that it wasn’t a false-flag operation

    Muslims also hate America when we treat them like a giant gas station.

  4. After some further reflection on what has transpired in America over the centuries, given the current climate of fear, disunity, partisan bickering, and having made the egregious mistake of making comments that denigrate a Party in particular, I’ve splashed some cold water on myself to see if I can take a different tact henceforth.

    The comments made in the aborted interview above reminded me of similar sentiments when a certain bloc of people would be challenged to explain Jim Crow and the racism that was so unabashedly displayed during the 60’s. The tenor of the response of the status quo then would be like this: “…we love our ‘nigras’ down here and get along well them. It’s those outside agitators from up north that come down here stirring up trouble and disrupting the good relations we have with our ‘nigras’ “.
    While saying that, incidents of murders during voter rights drives by college students and others would be met by violence, murders, fire-bombings of churches, and daily intimidation. All the while, the authorities would continue to chirp about how much they love their ‘nigras’ who live in their midst.

    As times change the attitudes remain fixed. It’s just that the category of “nigras” has expanded to include Muslims(including women, children, the elderly, as well as the men).

    “The earth is but one country, and humankind its citizens…” was an epic pronouncement first made made by Baha’u’llah in the 19th Century, and should be regarded as the paradigm-shift and “New Wine” needed by all of humanity in this Day and Age going forward.

    Just my unofficial comment.

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