MSNBC's Joe Scarborough warned the top 20 Democratic presidential candidates Friday morning that they blew the first round of debates.
"With apologies to our friends, last night was a disaster for the Democratic Party," the "Morning Joe" host warned. "My only hope is people were not watching and I will tell you why."
"They're lined up in trench warfare, ready to get out of the trenches and charge Donald Trump. Instead, they all turn their guns on each other and shoot each other, and everybody is yelling at each other all night," Scarborough said.
“If you’re an American and this is your introduction to these candidates and the Democratic Party, and all you see are 12 people yelling at each other, trying to interrupt each other, insulting each other, you’re like, ‘You know what. I thought Donald Trump was a clown show. I’m changing the channel.'”
He went on to explain that the unanimous position of the candidates on night one that illegal immigration should not be a crime combined with the unanimous position of the candidates on night two that illegal immigrants deserve free health care is a recipe for losing to Donald Trump. "There is a vast middle ground between Donald Trump's immigration policies and the free-for-all immigration policies that were pushed last night," he said.
JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: Because I want to keep getting paid, I'm going to do, with apologies to our friends and those watching, last night was a disaster for the Democratic Party. My only hope is, I hope people were not watching.
And first on policy -- let's talk about the goal which every Democrat believes, which is we have to beat Donald Trump. Right? So they're lined up in trench warfare, ready to get out of the trenches. and charge and fight Donald Trump. Instead, they all turn their guns on each other and shoot each other. And everybody is yelling at each other all night. Everybody, like if you were watching, if you're an American and this is your introduction to these candidates and the Democratic Party and all you see are 12 people yelling at each other, trying to interrupt each other and insulting each other, "You know what? I thought Donald Trump was a clown show. I'm changing the channel."
Here's the second thing. Won't be popular among the base. But if you want to beat Donald Trump, you may want to listen. It is a position of every Democrat on that stage that illegal immigrants, if they cross the border illegally, should get health care for life. It is then the position of every Democrat on that stage that if they cross the border illegally it's not even illegal anymore. Now that may make Democrats feel really good about themselves, right, but that loses Wisconsin, that loses Pennsylvania. That loses Florida. That loses North Carolina. It may lose Virginia. And what these candidates -- many of them new to the process -- need to understand is that we as a nation we're shocked by the picture we saw a few days ago. But there is a vast middle ground between Donald Trump's immigration policies and the free-for-all immigration policies that were pushed last night.
have to say the front-runner, Joe Biden, man, he was off his game. I must say, won't make friends here. It was one of the more disturbing debate performances I have seen since Ronald Reagan's first debate in 1984. It was one of those moments where you're going, my god, is he going to complete his sentence? There were times he said he was going to give us three points. He gave us one and a half. And then did something that Joe Biden has never done, gave back his time. My time is up. No, Joe Biden doesn't do that. Joe Biden runs through stop signs. He did that last night. Bernie Sanders was yelling all night. Bernie Sanders didn't prepare for the debate. It showed because he basically gave the same debate performances this year that he gave four years ago. And it may have worked when it was Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton. It did not work last night. And I can go on and on.