On Thursday, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough railed against proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement and called out anti-Semitic tactics being used to smear opponents of the deal. Scarborough said if the United States had to withstand the threats Israel has to put up with on a daily basis, we would have already wiped them out.
Co-host Willie Geist pointed out that while President Obama gets a win from the Iran deal's likely passage, the American people hear and see anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli chants.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: That's the rhetoric that Israel has been hearing for years from the president of Iran or the Supreme Leader of Iran. They've consistently told their people in the world that they were going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. At the same time they're developing a nuclear program. And for some reason those of us in the west, those of us in Europe, those of us in America sit back and we're smug. They don't believe that.
It's so absolutely preposterous how hypocritical we Americans are. If we withstood the threats from nations around us that Israel withstands, we would have wiped them all out by now. Mexico City would have had Dairy Queens on every corner and Six Flags over Mexico City. If they threatened to wipe America off the face of the earth, if they would have been as hostile to us as Iran has been to Israel, the United States of America would be in there. I'm sorry. That's just who we are. We are. We don't put up with crap from other countries that threaten us existentially...
But we sit here smugly, saying, 'Oh, what's Israel worried about? How dare they come to the United States and complain about a deal with a country that continues -- even as Willie said yesterday -- to promise they would wipe Israel off the face of the earth. At the same time the very country that is supposed to protect them is doing a deal as they see with the devil.
Scarborough assailed those who use the term "Jewish lobby" and question if Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer opposes the deal because he's a Jew, calling it "bigotry." Scarborough also said it's also offensive when President Obama and the left likens opponents to the deal to Iranian hardliners.
"This is the one issue where you're not allowed to be reasonable, where reasonable people can differ," Scarborough said. "You're either against Israel and for this deal or the Jewish lobby has paid you off and you're scared of these powerful Jews lurking behind these crevices and international banks. It's sickening. And it's bigotry and it should be called out."
SCARBOROUGH: It's always been the dog whistle, hasn't it? The Jewish lobby. You people kowtow to the Jewish lobby. It's always been the dog whistle from the left that if you -- you can't, if you're Chuck Schumer, sincerely be concerned about the safety and the future existence of Israel. That's always been the dog whistle -- 'Oh, you're just listening to the Jewish lobby.' Why don't you just say international bankers? Why don't you guys just talk about international bankers and the protocols of Zion? It is sick and it's repulsive and it's a smear and it continues and the president of the United States only makes it worse by saying that you have to be ignorant or else in bed with Iranian radicals if you oppose my deal.
And then you have thoughtful Senators like Angus King (I-Maine) coming out saying this was the single hardest decision I ever made in my life. I've heard that from so many Democrats. Cory Booker. They all say this is the single hardest decision I've ever made in my life. But for some reason a lot of left-wingers in America and Europe, this is the one issue where you're not allowed to be reasonable, where reasonable people can differ. You're either against Israel and for this deal or the Jewish lobby has paid you off and you're scared of these powerful Jews lurking behind these crevices and international banks. It's sickening. And it's bigotry and it should be called out.
"Oh my God," an incredulous Mika Brzezinski reacted. "Okay. That's like the fourth time, we get the point."
"No, you don't," Scarborough shot back. "You're the last person on the face of the earth who appears to get the point."
"Are you kidding me?" Brzezinski reacted. "Go to the rally. Why didn't you go to the rally yesterday?"
"There were lots of reasonable people there making a lot of sense," Brzezinski sarcastically said. "And it's not like the Republican party has been reasonable every step of the way."