"Morning Joe" Abruptly Ends Interview Wtih Florida Gov. Rick Scott When He Won't Condemn Trump on Islam

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The hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" are puzzled why Florida Gov. Rick Scott would not endorse Marco Rubio, the senator from his state who Scott says is "doing a very good job" in the senate.

"You know, Donald Trump is a friend," he said. "So I'm going to continue to trust the voters."

At this point, the MSNBC host can not stop himself from taking the bait: "So you're a friend to him, would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements about Muslims?"

Last night in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, the Republican presidential frontrunner said: " I think Islam hates us. there is something there-- there is a tremendous hatred there. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbeleivable hatred of us."

"So," asks Scarborough: "Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?"

Rick Scott avoids answering the question directly, instead saying: "As you know, in Florida, we're the best melting pot in the world. We love everybody coming to our state."

Joe presses him again but he does not answer.

"Rick," asks Mika. "I know you and Joe are firends, this is kind of awkward -- Can you answer the question? Or should we scoot?"

Again, he talks about another issue.

"Wrap it," Mika says as Rick Scott's microphone is cut and they go to commercial.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Why wouldn't you endorse the sitting senator from Florida? That seems like a pretty easy decision to me.

GOV. RICK SCOTT: Marco's done a very good job, we got elected together back in 2010, he's done a very good job as our senator.

You know, Donald Trump is a friend. I've met Ted Cruz... So I'm going to continue to trust the voters.

SCARBOROUGH: So you're a friend to him, would you tell your friend Donald Trump that he should walk back his statements about Muslims, that Islam hates America, that Islam hates us. Do you think Muslims in the state of Florida hate America?

RICK SCOTT: Well. As you know, in Florida, we're the best melting pot in the world. We love everybody coming to our state. After the Paris bombings I did ask the federal government to not allow any more Syrian refugees into the state, until we vetted them. I'm still not sure they are vetting them properly.

SCARBOROUGH: That could be a reasonable policy position if you wanted to debate that. I'm just asking generally, do you think Islam hates America like Donald Trump said last night?

RICK SCOTT: I'll tell you what's going on in Florida--

SCARBOROUGH: No, no, no, no.

We want to know what's going on in your head, Governor. Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates Americans?

SCOTT: Joe, what I can tell you is we have a lot of Muslims in our state --

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Wrap it.

SCOTT: We love people coming here as tourists, we're a great melting pot.

Donald Trump can talk about the things he wants to talk about. Marco Rubio can, Ted Cruz. John Kasich.

MIKA: No, no. Mm. MM. That did not answer any question we asked.

Rick, I know you and Joe are firends, this is kind of awkward -- Can you answer the question? Or should we scoot?

RICK SCOTT: I can tell you--- We're doing well here. The debate is going to be fun.



When the show returned from commercial, host Mika Brzezinski said: "That’s just not what we do on our show."

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