Florida Gov. Rick Scott appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" (albeit briefly) this morning to discuss the upcoming Republican primary taking place in his state this coming Tuesday.
But when Scott refused to answer any questions from either host Joe Scarborough or Mika Brzezinski - "Who do you endorse?" "Do you believe Muslims hate America?" - or even have an opinion on the subjects, Brzezinski had had enough.
“I’m just asking, generally, do you think that Muslims hate Americans, that Islam hates America as Donald Trump said last night,” Scarborough pressed. “I can tell you what’s going on in Florida,” Scott began, before Scarborough interrupted and asked again for him to answer the question.
“Do you personally think that Islam is a religion that hates America?” Scarborough asked. Scott’s response was that Florida has a lot of Muslims and Latin Americans who all get along. “We’re a great melting point. That’s what I can tell you about our state,” Scott said. “Donald Trump, he can talk about the things he wants to talk about. Marco Rubio can, Ted Cruz, John Kasich…”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski wasn’t satisfied. “That’s not answering any questions. Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, Rick, I know you and Joe are friends and this is kind of awkward, but can you answer the question or should we scoot?” she asked.
I can't imagine why Scott even went on the program. He clearly didn't want to get into any specific opinion or policy. Perhaps he wanted to raise his national profile? If so, this backfired badly.
In the end, all you remember is Scott with a "Joker-like" grin trying to dodge anything of substance. #Fail
.@JoeNBC: Would you tell Trump to walk back his comments on Islam? Here's @FLGovScott's non-answer. https://t.co/KK1eNkbodc— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) March 10, 2016