MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tried to pit U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley against her own boss, President Trump, fantasizing on Morning Joe today that she would easily defeat the man who hired her and gave her a global platform beyond a state office.
Since the November 2016 election, Scarborough has been highly critical of Trump, and this morning walked through another of his anti-Trump dream scenarios, this time one in which Haley would exploit her gender and ethnicity to a primary vanquishing of Trump and then coasting to the White House.
“I think if she ran in 2020 she would have a very good chance of being the first woman president of the United States. What an extraordinary story,” Scarborough said.
“To knock off a sitting president of her own party,” Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said, encouraging the disloyalty.
“Also, an immigrant,” Scarborough said, trying to imply that Haley’s family background somehow would lead her to turn on her boss. “Someone from an immigrant family coming to this country and actually proving, proving Donald Trump wrong on all counts.”
“And a woman,” Heilemann said.
“And a woman standing up for American values,” Scarborough said. “Standing up for Reagan foreign policy values, for the Republican base, conservative two-term governor from the South, from South Carolina, they’ve got an early primary there. Suddenly Nikki Haley has to win Iowa or New Hampshire, and she’s won two of the big three.”
“You could be her ‘Ragin’ Cajun,’” Heilemann said, alluding to political strategist James Carville, who helped Bill Clinton defeat sitting president George H.W. Bush in 1992.
“No, it absolutely makes too much sense,” Scarborough said.
“It’s kind of a great image to imagine,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.