Joe Scarborough Predictably Blames Protesters For Senseless Deaths Of Two NYPD Officers

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During the Monday morning broadcast of Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough delivered a monologue where he specifically blamed the protests over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths for the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who later turned the gun on himself. Earlier in the day, Brinsley had entered an ex-girlfriend’s home in Baltimore and shot her. He then traveled to New York City by bus. Before shooting the cops, he posted a photo of a gun to Instagram claiming he was going to murder police officers in retaliation for Brown and Garner.

While the protests over the past few months have been largely peaceful, and the message has mostly been around ending police brutality and racial profiling, Scarborough said on Monday that the rhetoric from some of the protesters has been violent and irresponsible and directly led to Brinsley taking the lives of Liu and Ramos Saturday afternoon. Repeatedly uttering the phrase ‘Words Matter,’ Scarborough pointed the finger directly at protesters and smugly stated that he had told everyone weeks and months before that the media needed to stop its anti-cop agenda and protesters should cease with the demonstrations.

To make his point, Joe played a cellphone video of a small group of NYC protesters chanting for that they want “dead cops” for a few seconds. Scarborough implied that Brinsley was directly influenced by that short video as well as other infrequent instances of protesters using harsh rhetoric against law enforcement. He also derided newspaper headlines from the Tamir Rice shooting in Cleveland that stated police shot a child holding a toy. In Joe’s mind, that is an untrue and inflammatory statement, even though Rice was a 12-year-old boy carrying a toy gun who was shot and killed by police. But, words matter, and for Joe, telling a news story in a way he doesn’t like makes everything worse.

Below is video of Joe’s speech, courtesy of Real Clear Politics:


In Joe’s reactionary spiel, the conservative commentator focused all of his energy on protesters and supporters while conveniently ignoring the hate-filled rhetoric coming from opponents of the protests and the police themselves. Prior to the cops’ deaths, police union heads and other members of law enforcement had already taken the tactic of shaming and criticizing anyone who supported the protests. Immediately after the deaths, we saw an NYC union head specifically state Mayor Bill DeBlasio has blood on his hands over the deaths and the Baltimore police union blame President Obama and Eric Holder while demanding “unequivocal support” of law enforcement.

Of course, it isn’t just the police or Scarborough that wants to shut up dissenting voices by placing the blame squarely at their feet. Ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was on Fox Sunday morning and saying four months of anti-police propaganda led by President Obama was the cause of the shooting deaths. Conservative pundits took to Twitter right away and blamed DeBlasio, Obama and Holder for the deaths. Right-wing gasbag Bill Kristol idiotically said cops are owed a protest from liberals now because they already protested for Garner and other slain blacks.

Maybe I would take Scarborough’s righteous indignation over the police killings a little more seriously if I saw the same kind of outrage earlier this year after the killing of two Las Vegas cops by a white couple with ties to Cliven Bundy’s anti-government movement. Jerad and Amanda Miller, who considered themselves right-wing patriots who spent time on Bundy’s ranch after his confrontation with federal agents, assassinated two police officers in June and covered their bodies with a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag along with a note reading, “The revolution is coming.”

In the Millers’ situation, they were definitely inspired by anti-government and anti-police rhetoric, specifically coming from the militia types who had embraced Bundy’s ’cause.’ They were so inspired by it that they went on a rampage that led to the deaths of three people, along with their own. Yet we only heard crickets from the right immediately after the killings.


27 Replies to “Joe Scarborough Predictably Blames Protesters For Senseless Deaths Of Two NYPD Officers”

  1. Just another example of a privileged male WASP espousing hot air regarding an issue he knows nothing about

  2. Why does MSNBC think the nation needs or wants Morninhg Joe’s opinion on anything? His opinion is no better than a guy at the end of the bar.

  3. Right-wing gasbag Bill Kristol idiotically said cops are owed a protest from liberals now because they already protested for Garner and other slain blacks.
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    I wonder why?

  4. Across the board the right wing talking heads blame the people that protest the senseless killing of blacks as the reason for the killing of two cops. I feel for the officers families but the protests caused it, really?

  5. Now, give Morning Joke points for consistency. Remember when a man ambushed 3 Pirrsburgh policemen and killed them in 2009, because he believed Obama was coming for his guns? Or the man who walked into the Holocaust Museum and opened fire because he wanted to do something before Obama came for his guns?

    Remember how Morning Joke blamed all that on RW hate talk and the GOP telling people Obama was coming for their guns?

    Oh, he didn’t?

    Here’s the thing. When a RWNJ shoots up people, he is mentally ill and misunderstands what he hears and therefore the spewers of hate shouldn’t be blamed.

    But when something like this happens, the shooter is obviously sane and just following through on what he is being told to do, even if he isn’t being told to do any such thing.

  6. The difference is that Cliven Bundy and his militia were celebrated as heroes by those on the right. It would have been difficult for them to turn around and condemn them. It would have shown them for the hypocrites that they are.

  7. A final thing. What Joe is really saying ( and note: he doesn’t say this to white conservatives who protest something) is that you should just shut up and put up with any injustices you see. Protest by black people or on behalf or equality are wrong, period, because it might inspire a negative event.

    Protests by conservative whites , i.e. Clive Bundy, are all legitimate and never inspire negative events (ignore Las Vegas).

  8. I stopped wacthing Morning Joke years ago. The reason the police were killed was not because of the Administration telling African Americans to kill Police. It’s because the administration keep protecting bad cops who kill African Americans because of the color of their skin. I don’t remmber Morning Joke saying it was the fault of the right wing who want small government when the White couple murdered those two policemen in LA.

  9. Joe borrowed Rick Perry’s glasses to ‘look smarter.’

    European cultural dominance is over. White males are unhappy about it, but won’t change to adapt to the new world.

    They are dinosaurs, riding Jesus into oblivion.

  10. And THIS Joe predicts that the Crazy Joe is responsible for his own ignorant mouth and the conservative effluence that spews forth from it. Only one of the two Joe’spredictions are correct…and it isn’t Joe Scar-borrow!!!

    John Cole writes:

    Put Up or Shut Up

    Since the right wing and members of the media have decided to blame everyone but the god damned shooter for the murder of two policemen in NYC, a phrase keeps popping up over and over and over again- “anti-police rhetoric.” Here is a prime example:
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  12. The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio

    Not long ago, ProPublica, the website that does hard-nosed, empirical investigative journalism, undertook an extensive study of federally collected crime data on 12,000 police homicides over 22 years. The site found that young black males are far more likely to be shot by cops than young white males. Four times more likely, or eight times, or 10 times? Try 21 times more likely—31 per million as opposed to 1.5 per million for whites. This isn’t some liberal conspiracy. These are the numbers as reported to the government by police departments themselves.

  13. If the people protesting against the deaths of unarmed black men by police are responsible for the deaths of these two police officers, aren’t the people protesting against the federal government attempting to enforce the law at Cliven Bundy’s ranch responsible for the deaths of the two police officers killed in Las Vegas?

  14. Random Thoughts on Spreading the Blame for a Cop Killing 1. Yesterday, in a divey Brooklyn restaurant, the Rude Pundit watched as an African American couple approached the three police officers who were ordering at the counter. They wanted to know how the cops were doing in the wake of the murders of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, shot to death by a savage fucker who was kind enough to off himself. The cops thanked the couple, who thanked them in return. Later, walking through the Lower East Side in Manhattan, the Rude Pundit passed some fresh graffiti that read, “R.I.P. Not all cops are bad cops. #alllivesmatter.” The zeitgeist of New York City yesterday was mournful, not regretful. – See more at:

  15. So these crazy racist want the American people to sit back and accept the fact that the police are harassing and killing people of color without any consequences? The people have the right to protest in the street and they should. Taking the life of a police officer is wrong and equally heartbreaking. What we want and need is a court system that is fare and just for everyone. Not a system that favors bad cops and white folks. People like Scarborough are always quick to blame everyone else for the “fallout” of the wrongs that they do to the minorities of this nation and the world.

  16. Scarborough is right on. There are sick bastards on the right and left who use these incidents to advance their own agenda.Tone down the rhetorical nonsense. Jeanine Pirro did a two day rant at Obama and Holden in regard to the DeBlassio was wrong, but giving national air time to a union hack with his own agenda was total right wing paranoia on the part of Fox. Pirro is a crazed bigot, and so is Sharpton. Pull these fools from the airwaves. I support Joe

  17. No one of good will supports the execution of cops anymore than the execution of unarmed Human Beings….

    It saddens me to observe Police Union officials indict the Mayor of NYC and President Obama as reasons for this crime before the funerals of these cops.

    Truth is the community needs to protect the police and allow them to do their jobs within the rules of the law.

    Truth is the police should remove from their ranks rogue and corrupt cops who put others cops in peril and harms way .

    There is no explanation which makes evil right ..

    Peace @ Luv

  18. Jim Nash, the only “sick Bastard” you should be worrying about is the one YOU see in the mirror!

  19. In The Atlantic, in a piece titled Blue Lives Matter with a subtitle of
    Talking about “police reform” obscures the task. Today’s policies are, at the very least, the product of democratic will.

    As is often the case with Ta Nehisi Coates, his observations are very much to the point, and may well make some readers uncomfortable.

    To challenge the police is to challenge the American people, and the problem with the police is not that they are fascist pigs but that we are majoritarian pigs. When the police are brutalized by people, we are outraged because we are brutalized. By the same turn, when the police brutalize people, we are forgiving because ultimately we are really just forgiving ourselves. Power, decoupled from responsibility, is what we seek.

  20. So how long did Joe rant about the cops killed near the Bundy farm?
    They were covered with tea party flags so I am sure the tea party apologized – not!

  21. I have a hard time trying to understand the conservative mind. Nobody killed those cops and then was released with no consequences. What are people going to do, go to the dead shooters funeral and protest him? What exactly do they want people to protest about?

  22. Joe, the “easiest” blame is to always blame the “other” instead of assuming responsibility and placing the onus where it properly belongs – ourselves!

    Especially since the election of President Obama in 2008, Congress has taken the lead to hate, racism, intolerance, war against the poor, thus bringing out the baseness of humanity.

    We have slowly been losing the heart and soul of WHO we are — Americans, a nation on immigrants.

    “We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

    This is OUR responsibility as Americans – or we perish.

    God bless the United States of America!

  23. Joe can kiss my ass with that shit. For once I agree with John McCain’s girlfriend. The only one to blame for whacking the kops is the nut job who shot them and then killed himself. The sad thing about this is that his girlfriend isn’t getting any air time

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