Joe Scarborough said Donald Trump gave the most effective debate performance to date last night at the second presidential debate. Scarborough said that Trump "delivered the attack against the Clinton machine that the Republican base and middle America have been waiting for for years now."
Scarborough also said Trump made the Republicans who "jumped ship" question their decision on the Monday edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe. He said the press may not want to admit it, noting Clinton "had an unprecedented cheering section in the media," but Trump dominated the second debate as well as Clinton won the first presidential debate. From this morning's broadcast:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: I think there are a couple of things that people in the press may not want to admit. It was plainly evident watching it on TV last night. Number one, it was Donald Trump's most effective debate performance to date. There's not a close second. Just not a close second.
Secondly, despite the fact she had an unprecedented cheering section in the media, the fact is for somebody watching and people will see this if they watch it again today or if they see parts of it a week from now or a month from now, Hillary Clinton was on the defensive most of the night. She seemed unsure of herself most of the night and he dominated the second debate in the same way she dominated the first debate.
And third, and I think most importantly for this political season, Donald Trump, who has made the Republican party members lives living and breathing hells for the past year and a half, last night turned it up to 11. And all of those people that jumped ship about halfway through the debate were looking at their TV saying, 'oh shoot.' Because -- I know everybody in the press hates Donald Trump. I'm just giving you the reality, if you don't like it --
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: What he said was horrible.
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. He's horrible, blah, blah, blah. I know. Listen, I heard it.
SCARBOROUGH: I heard it last night. I saw it on Twitter. I understand. You believe he's an evil man. I'm just giving you the political reality and this is the political reality that for the Republican base, Donald Trump delivered the attack against the Clinton machine that the Republican base and middle America have been waiting for for years now. And so good luck being in Pensacola, Florida, saying, hey I'm off of Donald Trump or saying in Kansas, I'm not going to be for Donald Trump anymore. Especially when no Republican in America should have been surprised by what they heard on Friday.
BRZEZINSKI: No Republican in America could have done what he did last night. My God. It was epic. It was vintage Trump. He produced a day-long show that rocked the political world.
SCARBOROUGH: With his back against the wall.